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Silk yarn often conjures up visions of luxury, oriental charm and exquisite delicacy. Few knitters, however, are aware of the durability of silk as a material or its hypo-allergenic properties. Silk garments centuries old have been found in good condition and its durability has been compared to steel.
Debbie Bliss Angel combines silk and Super Kid Mohair to produce a gossamer fibre which knits up into the most heavenly light garments. Silk yarn contains amino acids which are good for the skin and can be used to create lightweight garments which suit our British summers and drape beautifully.
Debbie Bliss Bella is a mixture of silk, cashmere and cotton. This silk yarn produces knitted garments with a beautiful satin-like sheen combined with the softness of cashmere, and comes in subtle shades of crimson, sea green, primrose, aqua, coral and silver.
Silk Yarn regulates temperature
Garments made from silk yarn regulate body temperature by wicking away moisture in hot weather and garments mould to body shape in cold weather. This is the reason silk yarns like Debbie Bliss Andes are so popular with knitters who create baby clothes. Debbie Bliss Andes is a sublime combination of the finest Mulberry silk and the softest Baby Alpaca. This silk yarn will also produce elegant ladies’ knitted garments and is a favourite of fashion designers. Silk yarn comforters will also repel dust mites.
Jeanette Sloan Baby Alpaca/Silk is another silk yarn which is gentle on the skin and made from all natural fibres of Alpaca wool. Some knitters will use wooden or bamboo needles but ordinary metal needles are fine to use with silk yarn.
Here at Black Sheep Wools, we stock a huge variety of silk yarn from Louisa Harding Amitola to Noro Haniwa. With self striping shades, and the sensuous feel of Louisa Harding Amitola, knitting beautiful garments is not only easy but therapeutic as well.