I really, really need a straight forward, rewarding project to cheer me up.
I also really, really need to use up some of my stash!
That sounds like a cue for the 10 skeins of Rowan Summer Tweed I found at a recent London show for a bargainous price!
I had never been attracted to Summer Tweed – it always looked lumpy,rough and bitty to me. Then Jane, one of our Sunday morning “Guilty Knitters” group, started Sunshine from the new Kasbah Collection.
“Ohhh, actually it’s rather soft and yummy…..” I was converted.
I had assumed it was 100% cotton but it’s not – 30% cotton and 70% silk!! Hence the bargain grabbing of 10 skeins in a lovely, happy, golden yellow….
I’ve chosen to make something from this book, The Summer Tweed Collection.
It’s an older Rowan book but all the designs are by Kim Hargreaves, a much loved designer by Rowanettes.
So far I have raced up the back just completed the short row shaping for the shoulders…
The cable pattern is very simple and classic but effective. Here’s a close up…
and an even closer one!
It has been a joy to knit so far. The right tension, the right size, no brain hurtingly difficult patterns!
The summer tweed at first felt quite rough and workman like – compared to the silken Bamboo Soft I’ve just finished using, what wouldn’t? It is making a soft drapey fabric that’s going I think is going to be fabulous to wear.
If I don’t stop to have lunch and dinner maybe I can finish the front??? 😉