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« on: August 16, 2007 06:16:47 AM »

hi - i was wondering if someone who has used silk garden can tell me a little about the feel of the yarn before I buy it.  is it as rough as kureyon?  i want to make a scarf with it, but not if it is too rough to the touch.  and of course, i want to buy it online, to get the best deal....

« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2007 07:02:39 AM »

What are you thinking of making with it?  IMO, it has a great, interesting texture -- think of maybe half a strand of Kureyon spun with something much sleeker.  So yes, it's softer than Kureyon but still has a more texture than a smooth cotton or silk. 

I love it, so I think you should get it; maybe just a single skein that you can use for a tiny project first?  There's also Silk Garden Lite, which has an even nicer drape because it's more of a light worsted/heavy DK weight.

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2007 08:04:17 AM »

i've fondled Noro's Silk Garden while at WEBS a few months ago. i almost bought it b/c i loved the colors, but from just fondling it i knew my skin would hate it (i have really sensitive skin) so i left it there for someone else to enjoy.

is there an LYS near you? if so, head there and just feel up the yarn. i go to my LYS just for gratuitous yarn groping and i don't buy anything and they seriously don't mind (they understand yarn addiction) and if they ask, i just say i'm doing research for my next project. if after a good grope, you think it's worthy of a scarf, go online and buy some.

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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2007 08:54:36 AM »

I have found that both Noro Silk Garden and Kuryeon get softer with time.  One of my ultra-favorite winter scarves was made with a couple skeins of Kuryeon - alternating two different colorways every two rows using a  larger than recommended needle size.  I think I used 10 1/2.  It's soft and warm and, as I said, keeps getting softer.  I also made a vest from Knitty with two different colorways of Silk Garden.  Of course, I've never worn it next to my skin but it too is softening up wonderfully.  The little silk threads give it an interesting texture and shine.  Yeah, go to your LYS and take a look and a feel.

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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2007 12:15:20 AM »

I find Silk Garden Lite much softer than either (although the recommendations of treating Kureyon & Silk Garden with shampoo/conditioners help).

« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2007 08:32:29 PM »

 i love love love the stuff...  Grin its better than I ever expected and it definitely softens over time. I made a Danica scarf out of it and all my other scarves were retired...

and it didn't shrink when my mother threw it in the wash accidentally... which is an extra plus...

if you have a wool allergy/ sensitivity, you probably should go with something different...

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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2007 10:20:27 PM »

I'm really sensitive to itchies and I wear my silk garden scarf against my bare neck. It's not so much itchy and scratchy, if you can manage the subtle difference? It isn't soft/ sleek like silk or merino, but it doesn't give me the heebie-jeebies like Kureyon does.

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