The small knits I’ve been obsessed with lately are a great way to “taste-test” some yarns I’ve been eyeing in the store. I knit a pair of handwarmers for a friend in Rowan Lima, which is the softest, squishiest, yummiest stuff ever. My good friend MsEllaneous had me try on a cowl she knit using it along with another yarn, and I died. So comfy. At a worsted gauge of 4.5 stitches to an inch, it’s also really versatile, and I thought nothing could match it for mittens, scarves, cowls, and headbands.
Well, 2 sets of handwarmers later, I’ve discovered the only thing better, and that’s Rowan Lima Colour, which keeps that lofty construction of alpaca and merino and adds an ombre color effect which is subtle but totally bewitching. It’s not like a self-striping sock yarn, it’s much more discreet and dare I say, fashion-forward. I chose a blue-gray which started out as a warm light gray, and wound it’s way into a rich dark blue and then back again. Just playing with it was really fun.
I’ve found a great pattern to use, too, which will show off not only the lovely color distribution but the stitch pattern in the cowl itself–and best of all, I only need one skein! It’s designer Nina Machlin Dayton’s Tuscan Leaves Cowl, which is actually quite easy and looks great.
What project do you envision for Lima Colour? Comment below!