This Sunday is not only Father's Day, but it's also summer solstice! We can't deny it, the weather has certainly warmed up. This past Saturday during World Wide Knit in Public Day the sky was clear, the sun was shining, and many of us were sunburnt- which, for me, is an unequivocal mark of the season. It's not summertime until you're lathering on the Aloe, right?
One thing I've noticed about summertime is that people start to wear brighter colors, as if our wardrobes are waking up from a drab hibernation. Don't get me wrong, I love those rich, deep, jewel tones that are so glamorous during the winter and fall. Perhaps it's the sunshine, or perhaps it's all of the bright wildflowers that are going nuts and growing all over the place... but people are gravitating towards bright statement colors and the lightly tinted variations of them.
One yarn that screams 'summer'? Cerro. This yarn's color palette is exactly what I'm talking about. Each skein is a softly tinted shade of a bright summer color. With a range of different blues, purples, reds, and even some green, yellow, and brown- there is a color for everyone's preference. Canyon is Cerro's undyed equivalent, and the natural shades of browns and greys provide a great contrast to Cerro's colors. Cerro and Canyon are both sport weight yarns with 150 yards for 50 grams. Cerro is $10 a skein, and Canyon is $9 a skein.
Another reason Cerro is a fantastic yarn for summertime knits is the unique fiber blend. Cerro and Canyon are both 85% Pima Cotton, and 15% Alpaca. Even if you don't like working with cotton- you might still appreciate pima cotton. Pima cotton is a luxurious type of cotton with an extra long staple length that originated from Peru, but is named after a group of American Indians that first began cultivating it in the U.S.. This cotton is considered "superior" to other types of cottons because it is extra absorbent and durable. I tend to like working with the pima cotton more than other cottons because they are soooo buttery soft. The smooth high quality feel of the pima cotton blended with the alpaca is a dreamy combination because there is an added softness, and just the slightest bit of fuzz is contributed by the alpaca fiber.
The latest book to arrive in the shop, Forecast, has an adorable fair-isle tee knit up with the Cerro and Canyon. The Atmospheric Tee is knit in the round from the bottom up, and has raglan sleeves. That gorgeous fair isle pattern is around the entire body of the tee, but the short sleeves are simple stripes. The pattern is written for sizes S (M, M/L, L, XL, 2XL), to fit bust sizes 36½ (39, 41½, 43¾, 48¾, 53½)”, with lengths of 23¾ (23¾, 24½, 24¾, 24¾, 25)”. The sample Atmospheric Tee is shown in 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3) hanks 7154 Orchid, 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) hank(s) 7146 Dusty Teal, 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3) hanks 7195 Deep Lavender, 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) hank(s) 7172 Cactus, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2) hank(s) 7193 Bay Blue, 1 hank all sizes 7119 Posy Pink Cerro, and 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) hank(s) 3703 Mesquite Canyon.
Have you noticed yourself wearing brighter colors this season? Have you noticed that the projects you want to work on are different from your usual winter projects? I'm curious! Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!