Last year I blogged about knitting hats with some really strange yarn. I think I was very rude and called it "horrible yarn". Fiona of the FC Knits blog read my posting and we entered into a little bloggy banter about impossible, problem yarns. Fiona had some unloved yarn and challenged me to make use of it. I picked up the gauntlet and a parcel arrived. It contained 3 different types of yarn.
Here is what I am knitting with some of it:
I love this shade of mauve. Fiona told me the yarn is "Rowan Summer Tweed" so I was able to look it up on Ravelry where there are many reviews....some good, some not so good. The main problem seems to be that it is slightly knobbly and therefore difficult to pull through each stitch. But if you pull too hard, it breaks. Another slightly negative feature is that, though it is Aran weight, it is not very warm. This is probably because it it a mixture of silk and cotton. (Note to self: it is called Summer Tweed for a reason!)
I toyed with the idea of knitting a small summer dress and can't quite remember why I decided not to. There possibly isn't enough yarn for a dress. Instead, I have cast on a child's hat. I like knitting hats "in the round" and I enjoy knitting cables, so I chose the Nottingham hat pattern. I think the cables and ribbing will make this warm enough.
This would be a very quick hat to knit, but I am not rushing it as I have other projects in progress. I will post another photo when it is finished. Then I will pick more yarn from Fiona's parcel. But that's another story...