I have also been knitting like a fiend on my Summer Sampler. I recently finished Pattern 8 - SurfAnd Pattern 9 - Fritillaria So far this is my favorite pattern, I enjoyed knitting it the most and it knit up fast (either that or I am getting faster!)
In between....I received Knit Purl's newsletter which always leads to checking out their website. I kept going back to this kit for Gisela by Coco Knits
It uses Habu Textiles Gima Cotton. Apparently they wind cones with enough on it for the whole sweater,so there are fewer tails to weave in. On a recent trip to Portland I stopped by ...The bummer was they were out of them, but the good news is I believe I came up with something better, thus the plotting began. Honestly when I looked at the smaller skeins of Gima Cotton I was not excited about it. I searched Knit Purl which stocks several Habu Textile yarns, and I spied a beautiful color of their Tsumugi Silk.
It was suggested I use another fine yarn with it to make it thick enough to get gauge, I went along and settled for a white non twist cotton by Habu. The ladies tried to be nice like they always are and say it would look fine, but already the ideas were spinning in my head......When I arrived home I knit a swatch. My lovely husband said it looked nice, but I stuck my tongue out at it.
After taking a small piece and attempting to dye it with coffee and finding it resisted. I was off to buy some dye and I settled on a bronze dye, knowing I would get a variegated yarn, but also knowing that the olive hue would tone down the yellow in the silk....or so I hoped. Here is the yarn in the dye.
here it is dried and wound on a cone
And the new swatch, Woo! Hoo! everything I hoped for!!!