50% spun silk, 50% Merino
850 yards (777 meters) per 100 grams
$36 per 100g skein - dyed in a limited batch of 3 skeins
This batch of yarn truly was an unforeseen adventure. Hooking up with the lovely and creative Rachy Newin for the second time this year in a dyer/designer collaboration has unlocked a heretofore unseen door.
For our last project, Rachy chose to use our Grace DK, a very squishy, soft, and shiny Merino and silk blend. When discussing color, we both agreed immediately upon the fluid shades of periwinkle, and were both very pleased with the result.
When discussing this project, Rachy expressed interest in our other weight of Grace, the fingering. But that sparked an idea in my mind, as I also carry another Merino/silk blend, Beautiful. The difference is in the spin; one is woolen, one is worsted, so although they're the same fibers, the resultant yarn is completely different. After agreeing to try, she expressed interest in something "mysterious, dark, and dangerous," and oh my, my creative juices loved hearing that!
I couldn't be more delighted with what transpired, as during the dyeing process I threw out my note-taking. For good. There's no way to ever duplicate these skeins, and I wouldn't want to. The freedom to add a dash of this and a dollop of that was heady and intoxicating. I hope you enjoy the results as much as I do.
I want to introduce everyone I meet to the versatility of lace. You don't have to knit lace to use laceweight yarn. Double it up to make fingering weight, or quadruple it to make DK. If you have a swift and ball winder, it's as easy as making the first cake single, then take the inside and outside ends and re-cake once or twice. Ta-da! You can also run a strand of lace with any other weight to make it more interesting and unique.