Hello my friends, today is another gorgeous day in my part of the world and I'm still thinking of all the summer knits I want make over the long summer days, if we're lucky that is, I do live in the UK ;-)
Today I want to tell you about a new summer collection called 6 Bit: Wanderer, The Kokee Collection by my good friend Mel Schoenwether, it consists of six summer patterns, released every two weeks during June and July using linen, the perfect yarn for those warm summer days.
The collection was inspired by her beloved homeland and you can read all about it on the Quinnce and Co blog where she wrote a special guest post.
The first pattern has been released, Canyon, a beautiful, lacey, floaty top. I fell in love with this design as soon as I saw the photo.
All the patterns are knit in linen but I wanted to use stash, I knew I had some Rowan Savannah which is an Aran weight cotton/silk blend, another fabulous summer yarn. I knit a large swatch to see how the fabric knit up and I loved how it looked and felt. A good start, now I needed gauge, I took out my tape measure and with my fingers crossed I hoped for the correct gauge. I couldn't believe it, it was exactly as the pattern required.
I had plenty of the main colour Pampas 936 but I needed a contrast colour. This yarn is now discontinued but I had no trouble finding some, I ordered 3 balls of Drifter 939 from Laughing Hens at a really good price.
I cast on yesterday and I'm thrilled with how it's looking, it's also very quick to knit using the Aran weight yarn. The collection can be purchased as an e-book with all six patterns plus a Look Book and how to substitute yarns. I think the collection is worth every penny but they can purchased separately as they are released.
I'm reading Return to Mandalay by Rosanna Ley, a great summer read to go with my beautiful summer knit. My favourite kind of book, a saga spanning over the decades, a perfect holiday book.
Have a great week.