Saturday, February 28, 2009

Hedgehog Fibres

I got a 16 yard sample of 100% worsted silk in color "Sunbaked" from Hedgehog Fibres in one of my Phat Fiber boxes. This was my first experience with silk. It's beautiful yarn and much softer than I expected silk to be. I'm contemplating knitting a worsted version of my Music and Lyrics shrug when I'm done with the lace version, so I swatched the yarn in the Ostrich Plumes pattern. I think the drape of silk might keep the shape from being too chunky and the lace pattern would keep the silk from being too heavy.

It's simply decadent yarn. Perhaps because it's a worsted single, I didn't really feel that it was overly inelastic. It was definitely nicer to knit than cotton and it's SO soft. I keep picking up the swatch and petting it. The color changes were just subtle enough to entertain me without detracting from the lace stitch. I can see why people love silk and the sheen has to be seen in person to truly appreciate it. I felt like I was knitting with spun gold.

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1 comment:

  1. thans for the post - just expecting my next hedgehog stuff, cannt wait:)