I do not stop knitting in the summer. I don’t even slow down on my knitting. My obsession continues, seasonless. I look forward to working a couple of rows in the early morning before work, with my morning coffee on my deck. I love a lazy summer afternoon when I can sit on my patio, under the umbrella with an iced coffee and my knitting. Poolside? Knitting!
But this summer seems to be the summer of linen. I love linen of all types, and I have worked with a few!
It started with my Strathcona, a lovely pattern from Jane Richmond. I worked this with some M & K linen that I purchased last summer, in a deep rose color.
I flirted with Firefly twice this summer, first with an Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief made with 1 skein in a soft pink , purchased at JP Knit and Stitch in the spring.
And then there is Vitamin D, made with Firefly from my stash in a pale blue colorway. I love this cardi! I have been wearing a lot, as the mornings and evenings become cooler.
But I really fell in love with Shibui’s linen. This fingering weight has q lovely chain construction and is so soft! I began a Dangling Conversation on the Fourth of July in 90 degree weather. Close to being too hot to knit, but not quite! It took a bit of practice to get into a rhythm adding a bead at the beginning of each row using a crochet hook. But I learned a new technique! And I love, love this shawlette!
I have worn it so much- daily. In the colorway Tar, this dark grey goes with everything and is so elegant! I have to admit that before it was even finished , I went back to Gather Here hoping to exchange my second, extra skein of grey for another color to make another. Past my exchange date, I still purchased another skein in white for another Dangling Conversation!
There’s more! I had some Steel Gray Louet Euroflax- 2 skeins to be exact… and I was loving the Ladder Tank from the Interweave Knits Summer 2013. The yarn called for is Elizabeth Lavold Hempathy, but I was able to get gauge with a sz 6 needle. I even bought an extra skein from a local Raveller.
This was a fun knit and I could not wait to try machine washing and throwing it in the dryer! Still a little stiff after, but will continue to try and soften.
Next up? Saltwater using the leftover Euroflax…I am not letting go of summer a minute too soon- my wool projects can wait!