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03 Nov '14

Silken Lace

Posted by Melanie Dilworth in lace yarn, New yarn, Silken lace

Premiering a new yarn is a rare pleasure for us at Black Trillium Fibres, so I'm very excited to say that we've expanded our yarn substrates into totally new territory: lace!

Silken Lace has the same content as Lilt Sock - 85% Superwash Merino and 15% Mulberry Silk.  With three plies, the yarn runs about 725 yards per 100 grams of yarn.  To enable true lace knitting, we've had the mill put Silken up in 200 gram skeins, so each one has a generous 1450 yards.

With such great yardage, the possibility for patterns is infinite. If you'd like an idea of where we plan to start, here are some recommendations (please note these are all Ravelry links):

Shawls: Laminaria, RedBrush, Icarus, Cold Mountain, Viajante, Shipwreck, Rock Island

Cowls: Pretty Thing, Ice Queen, Hunter Street, Haze

Tops: Featherweight Cardigan, Bonny, Adrift, Laar

We've just begun making colors available on the Silken Lace product page, and we will update our various social media sites (Twitter, Ravelry, Facebook) as new options are ready to ship.  Narrowing down which colors to start with is the hard part!  Here's a great example of a lightly variegated skein:

Nutmeg in Silken Lace

The dyeing process for Silken Lace is a bit different from our other regular colors and gradients.  Since each skein is so large, we have chosen to dye them one at a time with more than adequate immersion and lower-than-normal temperatures to keep haloing and high contrast layering to a minimum.  My hope is that many of you who enjoy intricate lace will find this yarn highly durable and easy to knit with - even easy to tink back when mistakes are made, as it has been for my current sample knit.  But what I've found researching patterns is that most lace looks better with solid or semi-solid colors, which has informed our color choices and dyeing technique.

We can't wait to see what everyone works up with Silken Lace.  If you give it a try, please be sure to share your photos and send us a link!

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