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Issue 243 – Joya in Soft Linen

This easy to wear vest from designer Talitha Kuomi is the perfect trans-seasonal piece for your wardrobe! Knit in Soft Linen, it can add an extra layer in unpredictable spring and fall weather and can even work with fewer layers through the steamy days of summer. Soft Linen's palette has a color for everyone - from soft pastels to eye-catching brights to subtle go-with-everything neutral shades.


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(file size: 1.1 MB; published May 22, 2012)

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The Yarn:

Soft Linen
35% Linen, 35% Wool, 30% Baby Alpacae

Soft Linen is the perfect yarn for warmer days and soft, cool nights. The alpaca makes a beautiful halo, the linen gives it a crisp and firm hand and the wool provides stability and its own level of softness.

This year-round yarn works equally well for lace, colorwork and textures. This makes it a particularly good choice for accessories that will get a lot of use, like hats, belts, shawls, scarves and mitts.

Designer Spotlight: Talitha Kuomi

Talitha Kuomi's designs continue to inspire me with each new release. She first caught my eye with her double-knit Woodland cowl, Duplicity, from the Winter issue of Knitcircus magazine, knit in a geometric pattern in what is arguably one of our most interesting fiber combinations (wool and nettles). When the Tremont cardigan in Provence from the Gatehouse booklet became the object of my obsession, I should have known that it was designed by one of my favorite up-and-coming designers.

When I asked Talitha (rhymes with Tabitha) to contribute to the blog, she responded in full force with sketches, swatches, pictures of her awesome mood boards, and some of the most thoughtful answers we've gotten so far. Head over to the blog to share in her experience.