TOPS, TANKS & TEES KAL || KNITTING WITH QUINCE & CO. LINEN

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kestrel Collection from Quince & Co.

Oh Kestrel how I love thee. Who's Kestrel you ask? Why Kestrel is the newest linen yarn from Quince & Co. and let me tell you....this yarn is fab.u.lous. 

Every year during the Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along I try to encourage everyone to try a summer friendly fiber to knit with and to embrace those plant based fibers. My go to recommendation has always been Quince & Co.'s first linen yarn - Sparrow. Sparrow is a pretty fingering weight that knits up and wears great! So when Quince & Co. announced they were releasing Kestrel - an aran weight linen - be still my beating heart! Linen + aran weight = happy shannon! I admit I tend to knit with yarns that are DK or higher most often so the idea of a linen that is aran weight, 100% linen and organic just had me swooning! Not to mention it's seriously amazing to knit with, drapes like a DREAM. I can't stop petting mine!

Kestrel Collection from Quince & Co.
Now don't start to get scared and run from the computer saying "linen....hmmm...not sure...I only knit with wool....don't like how it feels on my hands....don't know how to care for it...." etc, etc. We've all been there. It's like anything new that you learn. Linen can seem scary to a knitter who hasn't used it. But trust me when I say it's not. As a sewer who also knits linen really appeals to me! I love the fact that what you get is what you see. Linen doesn't lose it's shape or stretch out. It just is what you make it. You can treat it just like fabric! And no, it's not like linen fabric where you end up all wrinkled at the end of the day. It won't go all cray cray on you. You can wash it in the machine, iron it and more! Plus it doesn't pill! The more you wear it - the better it gets! How can you not like that right?

Kestrel Collection from Quince & Co.
Looking for some helpful posts on knitting with linen?

// Check out Knitting with Linen and also Finishing with Linen by Hannah Fettig of Knitbot. There are some great tips in these posts!
// Pam Allen (designer & one of the founders of Quince & Co.) & Hannah Fettig have a wonderful new podcast out called Knit.fm that is fun to listen to and educational! If you take a listen to Episode 7 (Design Process) you can learn more about Kestrel and also working with and caring for linen yarns. If you enjoy knitting podcasts make sure you subscribe to Knit.fm!

Need some lovely patterns to try out your linen knitting skills?

We recommend the following collections for some wonderful linen patterns:

 Kestrel   ||   Sparrow Sans   ||   Knitbot Linen

How about some helpful tips on linen?

// You can put linen in the washing machine and the dryer.
// It get's better the more you wear it and wash it.
// You can still block your linen item.
// It softens up after wear.
// It's sometimes easiest to wind linen by hand as it has a tendency to tangle and knot. If you do use a swift, go slow and be careful.
// Always knit from the outside of your ball - not the inside. If you do knit from the center pull you may want to put your yarn inside a sock or something to contain it to keep from knotting.
// It comes from the flax plant.

Sparrow Collection from Quince & Co.
I promise you once you give it a try you'll like it! You may be surprised at how much you'll enjoy the end result! 

And if you have found linens rough to knit with in the past Kestrel will be a welcome addition to your yarn stash. I found it enjoyable to use and quite comfortable on the hands to knit with. Two thumbs up in my book! I also highly recommend any of Quince & Co.'s yarns and if you haven't tried any of them yet give it a go! They have a wide selection of weights, reasonable shipping and the colors - well swoon! Texture, loft, drape - their yarns have it all. I haven't met a Quince & Co. yarn I haven't loved yet :)

So what do you say? Are you going to give knitting with linen a try? Have you knit with Kestrel or Sparrow before? Let's chat yarn ladies! And don't forget to share any tips you may have on knitting with linen! I'd love to add them to the post!

This post was brought to you by our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along Official Sponsor - Quince & Co.!

*All images in the post courtesy of Quince & Co.

12 comments:

  1. My wonderful husband surprised me with the Lida Shawl kit from Quince & Co for mother's day. I am casting on next week and cannot be more excited. This will be my first time with linen, I've mostly worked with merino otherwise. This will be my second yarn experience from Quince & Co. The yarns are so soft and I love the saturation of color! My other Q&C project is a modified Gemini in Chickadee, I'm almost ready to separate the sleeves.

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    1. Ohhhh! What a lovely gift! I also love the saturation of color too!

      I can't wait to see your modified Gemini! Chickadee is one of my faves!

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  2. Thanks to the TT&TKAL, I am knitting with linen for the first time, and I really like it! As a South Texas knitter, Q&Co Sparrow may be my knitting salvation. I have certainly knit with rougher yarns, and my swatch gets more lovely the more I wash it--I can't wait to see/wear my finished Saco Stripes!

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    1. Yay! So glad you gave it a try! And sparrow is so lovely! Which colors are you using for your Saco Stripes?

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  3. I haven't knitted with linen for years. These colours are so very pretty, I could be tempted! ;-)

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  4. I've never knitted with linen, but thanks to that photo of available colors, and your words of encouragement, I find that I just 'need' to try it- l may have to make a visit to the Quince & Co. website next. :) I can vouch for how awesome the Lida Shawl pattern is, though- made it this past winter and it's a definite fave!

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    1. Do it :) I promise you won't be disappointed! They have such lovely yarns! Let me know if you try it! I'd love to hear how it goes.

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  5. I just cast on a Lineal cardigan in Sparrow Sans. I'm so excited, even though I'm pretty sure I won't finish until Fall. ;)

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    1. That's great! And don't worry, get started now and then join in our Summer Sweater Knit Along soon and finish it up :)

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  6. Beautiful Shannon - it's a good reminder that knitting is for summer too!

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