Hello there friends! If you're anything like me, thinking about knitting typically slows down as the weather gets warmer. I'm determined, this year, to keep it up though. Working with the new Quince & Co. linens that we now carry has been the perfect substitute for the wool that I typically gravitate towards. After several false starts with my Perkins Cove sweater (best to get the right size needles from the beginning, Meg) - oh and don't let it fall off the needles so much!), it's now coming along nicely. I also am flying through the Jessamin Cardigan, by Melissa LaBarre for Quince, in the heavier weight Kestrel linen. I can't wait to throw this one on for a cool spring night by the fire pit.
Here are some of my recommendations for go-to fibers for your warm weather knit/crochet projects. As I mentioned above, Quince & Co. has 2 linen blends. Sparrow is a sport weight that works up into lovely, light as a feather garments with a drape that you just don't get from wool. Kestrel is worsted weight, and works up so quickly with 10.5 needles being the recommended size.
Another non-wool, natural fiber option that you will LOVE is Camellia Fiber Co.'s CFC Flax. All of the yarn that comes out of this Nashville based shop are amazing! Make sure to snatch it up quick if you want some. Her CFC Flax is a seasonal release, so check it out now to see what's still available.
And to go with these fibers, here are some of my favorite patterns right now that use linen. Links are provided for you to purchase!
Azalea by Pam Allen for Quince & Co. This is such a stunning yet simple tank. And just when you think you can't handle stockinette anymore, the beautiful lace pattern begins!
The Leaves Shawl by Kristen TenDyke blows me away with it's delicate femininity.
The Front-Drape Tank Top from Mariko Oka is the perfect summertime wardrobe staple. Picturing an evening by the lake after swimming all day with this one.
The Anna Vest by Karen Templer also has me curious as to how this would look in linen. It's shown here in a worsted wool, so perhaps a Kestrel version would be fun to try out for summer? What are you working on now that the weather is starting to get warmer? Do you put down your knitting altogether, or switch to cotton or linen?