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Summer Yarns

Happy Sunday!

There is really nothing better for me than spring early Sunday mornings when the windows are wide open, birds are starting to sing and the sun is slowly waking up while I am still in my pajamas playing with the yarn. I am head and toes into our fall mini pattern collection with Moeke, but once in awhile I take a break and play with new fiber, textures and shapes. I did a revision of my stash on Friday afternoon and organised everything properly. I took every single skein out and sorted all of them. It took forever, because I would stop often just to touch yarn and become driven away into the realm of future project fantasies. I don’t have any “just for fun” projects on my needles and I desperately need one. While sorting out my stash, I found Rowan skeins that are 1.5 years old. How could I forget about them?!

Summer Yarn

Savannah, 94% cotton/6% silk. It is not a usual blend though. The thread itself is basically a cotton ribbon wrapped with silk thin thread. How amazing is that?! The ribbon is of different width throughout the skein which creates a very unusual texture.

Summer Yarn

Unfortunately the yarn is discontinued, such a shame! I would love to get more in other colors. Mine is called Arizona, a beautiful shade of brown.

Looking at the swatch, I realized that simple stockinette is just enough for this rich texture. And it will be perfect for a project I had in mind for ages. I would love to finally knit a sweater using Contiguous method by Susie Myers. I had it in queue for ages and I actually knitted something using it in the “pre-blog” era, but I would love to come back to it again. Contiguous method is a way of knitting a set-in sleeve together with the body from the top. I will experiment with it and let you know how it works out.

Summer Yarn

The second re-found treasure brought so many memories. I got the yarn 2 years ago when visiting my family in Russia. I was ecstatic to find Italian cotton/linen blend – BBB filati LINO – in the LYS. While on vacation I made a garter stitch loose summer sweater that I absolutely loved, but didn’t have a chance to wear – a couple of weeks after I came back home we were hit by a huge hurricane that tore our house apart and the sweater along with it.

Knitting Sweater

It hurts my eyes to look at it even right now… Anyway, I was happy to find leftovers from the sweater. I think I had more skeins left than I used for a sweater 🙂 It should be enough for a light summer sleeveless top with a little bit of texture. I am not sure yet if I use a pattern or just experiment as I go. I would really recommend this yarn for summer garments  – it is loosely spun which makes it springy and not stiff at all! As far as I know, it is mostly sold in Europe; I am not sure if you can get it in the States, but if you find it – go for it. I used it in different shade for my Soho Dress, it’s still in perfect condition.

Summer Yarn

Summer yarns are always so refreshing to work with! It always feels great to switch between the fibers – a great boost for creativity!
Summer Yarn

Enjoy your Sunday!

P.S. In case you are wondering about the crochet background blanket, it is Textured Chevron Crochet blanket, you can find a free pattern HERE.


By | 2016-05-22T09:16:11+00:00 May 22nd, 2016|Knitting, Yarn|19 Comments


  1. kaydeerouge May 22, 2016 at 10:13 am - Reply

    I know just the feeling of getting your stash out, stroking the yarns, dreaming up patterns and ideas. I often end up with little baskets of new possible projects and then 6 months later I find them, of course, not undertaken – so much to do, so many ideas! Your Savannah swatches look beautiful. So shocking to see what happened to your sweater – it must have been a terrible terrible storm. How very frightening – I do hope more things weren’t damaged.

    • Alina May 23, 2016 at 7:27 am - Reply

      Time is always an issue! The hurricane was insane, I hope it will never happen again!

  2. Zeta May 22, 2016 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Must be this time of year that all knitters look through their stash! I’m also one of them and I have lost my sleep (again) planning on a long summer skirt. The only thing I know right now is that it will take forever to finish!
    Your yarns are amazing. Can’t wait to see what you are knitting with them.
    Your sweater that the hurricane destroyed was very beautiful. Such a shame!

    • Alina May 23, 2016 at 7:28 am - Reply

      Mmm, long summer skirt sounds amazing! Knit or crochet? I loved this sweater, but I guess it was not meant to be.

  3. Lisa May 22, 2016 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    ONLY 1.5 years? haha I have yarn 5x that old!

    But really, I can’t believe they discontinued that yarn, it’s so pretty and knit up so well. As for the other, I bet it is going to bring back a wave of memories when you finally use it.

    • Alina May 23, 2016 at 7:30 am - Reply

      I am also surprised why they discontinued it. It is really unique and unusual!

  4. karen May 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I am trying hard to use what I have in the house but whenever I travel I have to buy something…so my stash grows. However, I have big plans for my stash in the coming months. Your last photo is dreamy and lovely.

    • Alina May 23, 2016 at 7:35 am - Reply

      Thank you, Karen! Travel yarn shopping is absolute must for me too!

  5. Nicky May 22, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    So many projects so little time! I went through my fiber today and it’s always a treat to find stuff you didn’t even remember you had. I know one of the things going through the fiber did for me is to reaffirm my commitment to not purchase anything else. Next weekend is Memorial Day and I think I need to do some planning then. Your yarn and upcoming projects sound lovely!

    • Alina May 23, 2016 at 7:37 am - Reply

      Thank you, Nicky! Yes, looking at your stash usually gets you back to reality – YOU DON’T NEED MORE YARN 🙂

  6. Tracey May 22, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I have 12 balls of Rowan Alpaca Merino dk that is just waiting for me to cast on, I’m going to knit the pullover Ewden. Rowan does make some very lovely yarns.
    Your knitting and your photos are just beautiful as always!

    • Alina May 23, 2016 at 7:38 am - Reply

      Thank you, Tracey! Alpaca/wool blend is so amazing to work with, so soft and springy!

  7. Andrea @ This Knitted Life May 22, 2016 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Well, crappy that a hurricane ruined your sweater (and I am sure much more)… But three cheers for stash organization and discoveries!

    • Alina May 23, 2016 at 7:39 am - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! I was pretty mad at Odile (the hurricane name)!

  8. Sierra May 23, 2016 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    That brown swatch is so beautiful! I have summer top knitting on the brain and these are so inspiring! Thanks for sharing! Time to go raid my stabs 🙂

    • Sierra May 23, 2016 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      *Lol, stash

    • Alina May 25, 2016 at 7:01 am - Reply

      Thank you, Sierra! I love how we can dig out long forgotten treasures out of our stash once in awhile!

  9. sustainablemum May 26, 2016 at 9:20 am - Reply

    I don’t have a stash, at all, am I missing something?

    • Alina May 28, 2016 at 8:09 am - Reply

      That’s a great question! I don’t remember being without a stash ever. I don’t have a quick and easy access to yarn, so whenever I have the opportunity, I get a lot! I love planning the projects from the stash – going through yarn, thinking what it might become someday..

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