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« on: September 08, 2007 01:19:08 AM »

I just bought a couple skeins (or uh hanks... the twistee one) of some really beautiful raw silk yarn.  It's mostly red with a rainbow of different colors as well.  Now, I've never used this type of yarn... so I don't know how it works up.  It was an impulse buy, one of those "Oooo... so pretty!  I want want want it! I have no idea what it's for, but I must have it!"

So for anyone who has ever used this type of yarn before, any suggestions?  I have no idea what brand it is, the yardage or anything. Dug myself an interesting hole, eh?
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2007 04:33:36 PM »

I've personally never seen raw silk come in HUGE hanks so I am assuming you only have maybe 200 yrds or so? I personally would fins a stitch dictionary and chose a lovely open work stitch pattern and make a scarf or shawl or waist wrap with it. Something like a Solomon's knot or triple stranded lace or coronet ground. Silk will drape nicely, and with some more lacy open work pattern stitches you should have enough to create something special like a wrap, stole, scarf etc

« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2007 06:15:59 PM »

Without actually knowing or seeing it these are just guesses:

It could be slippery to work with (not all silk is but some is), try a larger hook or maybe even hairpin lace, don't leave it laying around if you have animals in the house.....for some reason my animals including the dogs just love the good stuff.

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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2007 01:31:41 AM »

My mom gave me a bunch of yarn that's the edges of silk saris.  Multicolored.  She took some and knitted it with a matching acrylic yarn (she wasn't sure about the stability).  It turned out GREAT and I get compliments on it all the time.  It looks a bit like something imported from Tibet.

I know scarfs can be kind of non-exciting projects, but it's a quick way to show off a beautiful yarn.

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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2007 06:50:32 PM »

I love the recycled silk. I've made clutches with it, scarves, and i love to use it for edgings. The only problems that i find with it are that: it is a bitch to unravel and wind into a ball, do not even THINK of washing it (i learned that the hard way), and it often just breaks apart mid hank. Otherwise.... I love it and it looks amazing in a stitch as simple as a hdc.

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