What’s knitting got to do with it? Possibly quite a lot! I read somewhere in a book on perfumery that perfumiers (just love that word!) would breathe through natural wool to clear their noses so they were able to work with a number of scents without getting overloaded. I figured this might also work for Masters of Wine and also Masters of Tea, such as the lovely Mr Inagaki from the tea plantation we work with in Japan. I mentioned it to him as he was showing me how he grades the green tea prior to it being ground into Matcha powder and he thought it would be interesting to try. So the quest began.
It’s pretty busy at Archeus HQ but we have been keeping our eyes open for just the right sort of wool to make a very special tea grading scarf for Mr Inagaki. Eventually we came across Black Hills natural coloured undyed 100% pure NZ wool from North Canterbury in the south island of New Zealand. This wool is produced in the most environmentally friendly way possible. This felt like a good fit with our own environmental principles and so I bought a skein of wool and a pair of knitting needles and set to work knitting a scarf.
Well, I set to work after having to look at a Youtube video about how to cast on stitches! Old Mrs Pattullo did show me how to knit when I was about eight years old, which face it, is some time ago now. Anyway, suffice to say I am now knitting a scarf for Mr Inagaki and, while it may not exactly be a technical triumph, it is knitted with gratitude for his amazing nose and skill in grading the wondrous Matcha tea that you can buy from us here at Archeus. When I have finished the scarf I will send it to him and we will see if it does indeed help clear his nose to help him grade the numerous samples of green tea batches coming through his workroom during harvest time. We’ll keep you posted!!