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Summer Knitting: Linen and Cotton

British Summer is in full swing and I’ve been surrounding myself with linen, cotton and silk (not that it gets super hot in Edinburgh…). The Summer issue of Pom Pom Quarterly has also been kept close for inspiration! I managed to finish my Vaara tee in time for the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl earlier this month. I managed to knit mine up in less than 2 skeins of the beautiful Kalinka 21 in a gorgeous blue. While this yarn may feel a bit hard in the skein, being 55% linen/45% wool, it washes a dream. The finished result was exactly what I wanted; a comfy handkerchief soft tee with just a touch of elegance.

Vaara collage

 

Next on my Summer knitting to do list was Windlass (also from Pom Pom Mag Summer 2016),  a lovely tank with some cable and lace detail in the yoke. I love the wee slits in the sides, and how the back is just slightly longer than the front. It is a beautiful piece and was begging to be knit out of my shiny Pima Cotton from Cascade. It has such a stunning sheen to it, and a really nice spin on it; making it a pleasure to work with and a treat to wear. I’m not usually a cotton fan, so this is quite a big statement on my part!! I’ve just managed to seam up the sides and it is ready to wear.

Windlass collage

Now that I have accomplished a significant amount of Summer knitting, maybe I need a holiday to wear all this awesome Summer knitwear on?