By Laurie GonyeaHave you ever wondered why the goblets that ancient kings and queens drank from, or the crowns that they wore, were mostly made from precious metals like silver, gold or copper? I always thought it was because they were rich, after all they were royalty, but the aesthetic beauty of the polished metals is only part of the story.In ancient times, these metals were known for their healing properties and were considered to have tremendous physical benefits to those who came in contact with them.
Copper is supposed to help you look and feel younger and boost your body’s circulatory system. It is said to improve the elasticity of the skin, reduce wrinkles and even stop or reverse the process of hair turning gray. Forget the Fountain of Youth—pour me a drink from a copper goblet!
Gold is said to increase happiness and bring you to the point of complete relaxation, while at the same time increasing your IQ by 35 percent! Now the crowns of gold make perfect sense, don’t they?
Silver was thought an excellent metal for overall good health. Some consider it the most effective natural healing agent known to man.
Given all of this, imagine my enthusiasm when I discovered an amazing cotton yarn that is spun with pure silver! The yarn is produced in Turkey by KB Yarns and is called, Sifa (pronounced SIF-FUH) Silver Cotton. Cool in summer and warm in winter, it makes the ideal year-round yarn. Sifa actually means “healing” in Turkish, and the story goes that this yarn was created for the spinner’s mother who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and swore that every time she wore the socks she knit with it, her feet felt better.
While I can’t make any claim that this yarn will cure all that ails you, prevent your hair from turning gray or make you smarter, I will say that every time I wear the socks or fingerless gloves that I knit out of SifaSilver Cotton, consisting of 90% Turkish cotton and 10% pure silver, my hands and feet feel great. Is it all in my head? I don’t know. But I do know that a dear friend of mine currently going through chemotherapy treatment tells me that she wears the Double Twist Turban that I knit for her all the time—even to bed—because when she wears it she “just feels better.”
Knit Outta the Box, is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Sifa Silver Cotton. Why not try it out for yourself using this free knitting pattern for Kara’s Fingerless Gloves, as shown in our fun little video above.
Laurie Gonyea is the founder and owner of Knit Outta the Box. She lives in Washington DC, but grew up in Michigan. She has two beautiful daughters, and a wonderful husband. As Laurie says, “Life is good!”