I can't believe Kestrel has been available since 2014, it's a fairly new-to-me yarn that I didn't start working with until 2016. I knit Heidi's Quick Sand cardigan, but that was about it. And then I moved to Charleston and discovered the true meaning of humidity. The south is...hot. And sticky. For the first time in my knit life I couldn't use wool fibers for summer knitting and I started looking for other fiber options.
I have always loved Louet's Sportweight Linen and was looking to add additional brands into my repertoire and found both of Quince's linen based yarns, Kestrel & Sparrow, in that search. From there a fiber love affair was born.
This summer I've stoked up on several skeins of Kestrel with an aim to make some quick summer projects - some just for me, and some to publish. The first skeins that were wound were 6 skeins of Kestrel in Urchin (from stash!!) to make a quick a-line tank with elongated stitch hem detail. This thing knits up quick. I cast on a few days ago and it's already on the blocking mat (I'll spare you the wet linen photos). Since I was knitting this from stash, I decided to work on this top-down so I could maximize my yardage and that plan worked out well. Next time I would use a different top-down approach to weave in fewer ends, but this is why knitting is so much fun - it's a constant learning experience!