I have been obsessed with Shibui ever since I got my hands on their butter-soft Baby Alpaca. All of their yarns have impeccable drape and I think their blends are really thoughtful. I feel like sometimes I come across fiber blends that either practically don't make any sense or are just down-right infuriating. Like acrylic blended with cashmere: I know it's washable but at what cost?!?
Then there's Shibui's patterns. Again, so thoughtful. In the past I've tended to not like many yarn companys' patterns; they often seem like they're just an afterthought to the yarn, or rather were hastily written and have no consistent aesthetic or real connection to the integrity of the yarn they were supposedly designed for. However, I think it's starting to get better. In the last half-decade (with Norah Gaughan for Berroco really paving the way) yarn companies have gotten serious about upping the ante on their pattern production because when you think about it, when LYS's were a dime a dozen yarn was really able to speak for itself. The pattern was less important because the yarn/sample was right in front of you. Now, with so many people shopping online, the pattern is the first impression you get of a yarn. Can you look at a picture of a yarn skein and decipher anything about it's drape or texture? Because I can't, not really anyway. I truly believe having patterns that are thoughtfully written and beautifully produced is way more crucial than the yarn itself, which is also still important don't get me wrong. I mean, look at Brooklyn Tweed. Without those stunning photos and world-class designers, it's just wool really. It's very nice, American-made, wool and the colors are gorgeous but it breaks like a mother you-know-what and it isn't "merino" which should make it a tough sell to the masses but somehow, when you're looking at those unbelievably beautiful patterns, it isn't.
Good patterns people, they're important. Shibui gets that and that is why I adore them. I made Francis last year and still can't wait to wear it again (though I think it looks better on my model and I'm tempted to give it to her.)
These are all patterns from their SS15 collection. Very Eileen Fisher, no? Sadly, I think all of these would look like absolute garbage on me (I need waist shaping, you guys) but I still love them. Though my dream is to someday grow into an old Japanese women with white-silver hair, a perfectly asymmetrical blunt bob, and layers of soft linen effortlessly flowing off of me as I traipse through my garden filled with koi ponds and bamboo bridges, the reality is this: I will probably actually grow into a loose semblance of the Crypt Keeper with scraggly, mousey, hair that's impossibly frizzy, surrounded by fifty cats all fighting one another for resources and slowly waiting for me to die so that they can pick whatever meat is left on the bones of my withered old body. Jk, I imagine I'll probably end up somewhere in between the two: trying to pull off a hair style that doesn't work for me yet can still be considered an admirable attempt at not letting it "fall apart", maybe one or two cats, and probably some attempt at a garden that is likely half dead but still looks good enough to keep the neighbors from calling the city. Dream big.
Also, oh my god, I need some of this Shibui Cima which is a lace weight and 70% superbaby alpaca and 30% fine merino wool.
I've never seen it until today but I've decided I definitely need it. In these colors please internet admirers, kthanksbye.