Love this new yarn. Yes–she/he/it is a close relation to Owl. And that’s good. Tweet has all the light loftiness of Owl because, like Owl, it’s woolen spun, insuring lots of air between the fibers. So what’s the difference? All those tweedy nubs you see above (and, for contrast with Owl, below). How did we manage the nubby bits, you ask? By changing out the wool we normally use in Owl. This time we sourced specifically from Texas a soft wool with a shorter staple length than we use for our more refined Owl. (Did you know that Texas is home to very soft merino sheep and to many a mohair goat? More on that soon.)
If you want to dial up the rustic texture of your knitted fabric, without adding the scratchy factor, you can substitute Tweet in any project that calls for Owl because it knits up to the same gauge–and, importantly, the same kind of fabric. It comes in a small palette of jewel-like colors: Jay, Nuuk, Russet, Boysenberry, and my fave, Sooty.
One last comment. I’m mostly knitting with Owl these days, and I’ve been finding that it works up beautifully on several sizes of needle. I like size 9 for sweaters that are airy but not open. And size 6 and 7 for mitts or other pieces that benefit from being more compact.