When I traveled to Phoenix in January, one of the things I noticed was that every time I passed by Knit One Crochet Too, I instinctively reached out to touch the samples they'd brought in Batiste, a new introduction to their yarn lines. It is a sport weight wool (50%), linen (30%) and silk (20%) blend with the most amazing hand, and, as you would expect, beautiful drape. That blend of fibers gives it a heathery/tweedy look, with some lustre from the silk. When I ordered it, they were waiting on a re-stocking shipment from Peru. Insert sad face here. But patience is a virtue, and they had enough of the Slate colorway on hand to send me a bag to work up a sample. I made Helene Rush's Mock Lace Up Tee, and can report the following: the yarn is wonderful to knit with, the pattern is clearly written, and the finished fabric is comfortable to wear.
Today, my favorite UPS driver brought a box with almost all the colors inside. (Caribe, a pretty turquoise, apparently didn't hear the boarding call and is traveling separately. She is expected shortly.)
While supplies last, I will have copies of the K1C2 patterns for this beautiful yarn available for free with purchase of the (relevant quantities) of yarn. Clockwise from top left:
It's $12 per 208 yard/50g skein. I made the 35" size of the Mock Lace Up Tee, knit to gauge (24 stitches/37 rows per 4") on US 3 needles, and used just under four skeins. (That size calls for five.) Love, love, love it. It made a great garment, but it's really well-suited to shawls and scarves, too.