When it comes to yarn I am quite often drawn to softer, silkier and more sophisticated variety. So when Joy at The Knitting Goddess announced that she was developing a new line that replaced nylon with silk I was very keen to try it.
Unsurprisingly, the BritSILK did not disappoint, I was in the process of packing up my house when it arrived and it spent the first few days in my pocket where I would bring it out, stroke it and sigh over its beauty in times of stress.
Joy’s colours are always delightful; I feel that they sit in that happy place between brash, over saturated brights and subtle faded-glory pastels. The silk ensured a shimmering lustre that seemed to illuminate the colours making them impossible to resist.
Having carried my precious skein up to my new home I was keen to cast on. So keen in fact that I didn’t even wait to find my swift! Instead I opted for the old school Scandinavian approach of putting it Snood-like around my neck and winding by hand!
As a designer, I am always interested in how a yarn will cope with shape and drape; trying to find the perfect balance so that neither is compromised. I found, as a loose knitter, that the BritSILK was best worked on a 3mm needle which gave a solid stability to the square swatch without any riditity that would affect the drape for softer designs like shawls or garments.
I was also interested in seeing the impact that the variegated shades used in the ‘Almost a Rainbow’ colour way would have on more complex stitch patterns such as lace or cable. Too often the impact of the colour or stitch is diminished by trying to over complicate things.
I actually found the effect of both cable and lace pleasing as there is such a clever blending between the colours that leaves a clean colour change that doesn’t clash with the stitch pattern.
I think I can honestly see lots of BritSILK in my future and, if you are off to Fibre East, I suggest you start sharpening your elbows in readiness for the enevitable scrum for this scrumptious new yarn!
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(Apologies to any of you that may have the marvellous 1996 BritPOP standard “You’re Gorgeous” by the Bluebirds ear worm!)