I finally decided on my summer top for this year. It's a short sleeved, scoop neck top made from Bamboo yarn from South West Trading Company. I chose a color called "Sahara", which is a nice, muted mixture of beige, pink, green, and blue. Here is my swatch:
This is what it looks like before washing. The gauge is: 8.5 rows per inch & 6.5 sts per inch on 4mm (US 6) needles. I knit continental style on slippery metal needles, so I knit this swatch tightly. It drapes well, stretches widthwise but not so much lengthwise when I pull on it. The yarn info says I should be getting 5 sts per inch. Hmm. Should I maybe go up a needle size? I'm not a big fan of swatching, but this one feels good. I'll have to adjust the pattern because I'm getting more stitches per inch than the pattern calls for... at least before the swatch has been washed.
Here is the photo of the "Gentle Breeze Tee" from Fiber Trends. As usual, you can click on the pictures for a larger image.