The Summery Joy of the New Kettle Yarn Co. Boardwalk Collection

Helen —  July 16, 2015 — 33 Comments

Kettle Yarn Co. Boardwalk Collection

With all the thinking about summery knitting that I’ve been doing over this Summer Series (even as I chill out in the wintery Southern Hemisphere!) today’s blogpost is a perfect fit for the theme. About a month ago Kettle Yarn Co. invited me to be a part of a blog tour for their new pattern collection, Boardwalk, which was created around the new Islington DK yarn. Of course I jumped at the chance! I’m so excited that it’s finally my turn to talk about this wonderful yarn and this marvellous gathering of patterns.

Kettle Yarn Co. Boardwalk Collection

Kettle Yarn Co. is an old friend. As you might remember, the first Pebble Beach shawlette was made from their Westminster base, and I used the first incarnation of Islington (the lighter fingering weight version) to knit my Sunburst Shawl. I’ll always be a big fan of their yarns. I was enchanted with the Islington blend when I used it, and the fact that it’s now available in a DK weight opens up a whole new realm of knitting possibilities.

As a designer, I’m often inspired by seascapes (just look at Pebble Beach and Whispering Island!) and the Boardwalk collection speaks to me on so many levels. With six tempting patterns by superbly talented designers Rachel C Brown, Renée Callahan, Rachel Coopey, Linda Lencovic, Isabell and Kraemer, it really manages to capture the joy of a summer holiday and strolling by the sea.

I’m finding the whole Boardwalk collection extremely inspiring. Just seeing the unique directions that each of the six designers have taken from the theme of the Hastings pier is intriguing. Each pattern is full of summer joy but it’s easy to see how well they will work as transitional pieces across the seasons, bringing some off that sunshine into the coldder months. They’ve put together a brilliant lookbook of all the designs for us to enjoy.

It’s almost impossible to pick a favourite pattern, but Bagatelle by Rachel Brown is standing out for me personally right now. This cowl just looks so fun, simple and easy to wear, but with really great detail. I also love the colour of the sample, Peony.

Bagatelle By Rachel Brown

Each of the patterns takes a different approach to showcasing Islington DK, playing on its unique strengths and qualities. I love the official description:

Well-bred but streetwise, this lightweight blend yarn is versatile and strong while maintaining buttery softness – a sophisticated choice for everyday items, luxurious next-to-skin wear and precious accessories.

As soft as Merino, the blend’s 100% British Bluefaced Leicester tempers silk’s drape while adding strength and elasticity. The high percentage of BFL makes items hardwearing, very low pilling and long lasting. The addition of 45% silk combines sophisticated sheen and luxurious handle with crispness and uniformity for stunning stitch definition.

In my experiences, the wool-silk blend of Islington DK is a wonderful fibre for warding off summer breezes without excess weight. As always, I’m especially drawn to the richness of the colourways. They put me in mind of ice lollies, striped beach umbrellas, and the flashing shades of the sea itself. I have a serious weakness for teal and blue-green tones, and Verdigris is so rich and intense it just makes me want to dive right in.

Islington DK in Verdigris

If you’d like to visit this yarn in person, it will be holding court at two upcoming yarn shows in the UK:

Fibre East on the 25 – 26th of July

Yarn in the City on the 15th of September

You can also get your hands on it immediately in the Kettle Yarn Co. online shop.

As a bit of a treat, Kettle Yarn Co. have kindly offered a skein of Islington DK as a giveaway for Curious Handmade readers. Just leave a comment with your favourite colour way, and I’ll draw a winner randomly at the end of the blog tour, on Thursday the 6th of August!

The next stop on the tour is with the hilarious and wonderful Jo from Shiny Bees podcast and blog, giving her take on the yarn and the collection. Be on the lookout for that on Tuesday, 21 July!

33 responses to The Summery Joy of the New Kettle Yarn Co. Boardwalk Collection

  1. the clouds are all so gorgeous. Picking one??! Almost impossible. I pretended that I was sitting down to cast on a cowl and let my mood pick for me. Rhubarb it is.
    Such a lovely giveaway from a great company – thank you.

  2. Not clouds – colours! Thanks autocorrect!

  3. Margaret hurst July 16, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I love the Verdigris too – I know my daughter would love a cowl made out of it. I would love to knit one for her with rows of small cables to show off the lustrous colour

  4. It was hard to decide but love the old smoke colourway oh and marigold!
    Thank you for the chance to win such a lovely giveaway, keeping my fingers crossed xx

  5. Oh oh oh, so hard to choose! But I think I’d pick l’heure bleue as my fave.

  6. I love old smoke since I’m a sucker for grey, but all of the colors are pretty.

  7. I love L’heure Bleu; it perfectly imitates the underside of a distant thundercloud, which is my dream color.

  8. The colours are so gorgeous, but L’heurre Bleue has to be my favourite just a lovely collection

  9. Padparadschada is amazing! Hard to pick only one colur …

  10. It would HAVE to be Padparadscha! (it took a few attempts to spell that correctly)

  11. Lynda Thompson July 17, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I love Purple Reign, great name too! Hope you’re having a wonderful time in Aus.

  12. I really like l’heure bleue, but they are all gorgeous

  13. Such beautiful colours! I really love the marigold colorway, it’s gorgeous!

  14. So hard to choose! I think I’d probably go with Marigold but it’s a close run thing!

  15. That marigold colorway is gorgeous! It’s perfect.

  16. love them all! blightly is my favorite.

  17. They are all lovely. My favorites are Peony, Neckinger and L’heure bleue and it is very hard to decide which one I would choose.

  18. It’s hard to choose, but I think I have to go with marigold. Thank you for a wonderful podcast and giveaway!

  19. Hard to pick just one colour but if I had to it would be Padparadscha.

  20. Lots of great colors! I have to go with neckinger as my favorite. (archaeo on Ravelery)

  21. A very hard one to call, but I think Purple Reign. But Marigold and Padparadscha are stunning too 🙂

  22. My favourite is Neckinger – lovely colour

  23. Verdegris is definitely my favourite although any of the greys are up there as well!

  24. I am always drawn to purple, so purple reign is a natural. But padparadscha, yum!

  25. Love the marigold!

  26. All the colors are beautiful, but my favorite would have to be Peony, also my favorite flower. Thank you for the chance, Helen, and for the summer holiday episodes. Hope you are having a lovely time with family and friends.

  27. asteride on Ravelry July 22, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Beautiful colors! I love L’Heure Bleu!

  28. I love every shade of Blue! You can’t go wrong with L’Heure Bleu!

  29. Impossible question. 😉 I love Verdigris, but the “pop” that Padparadscha has is incredible. I can imagine a bright cowl popping out of a dark jacket in the dead of winter!

  30. oh my goodness, they are all gorgeous, how to pick one? I would happily knit with any, but I think the stand out for me is verdigris.

  31. I love Marigold! But really is so difficult to choose just one!

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