Yarn review: my new desert island yarn
I admit it, I'm fickle. Sometimes it seems like whatever yarn I'm currently using is the only one I ever want to use. Well, the two that have held the title of my "desert island yarn" the longest have been Handmaiden's Camelspin and similar blends (so drapey and soft and lustrous!), and loose-spun Bluefaced Leicester, such as Woolworxx Die Vielfältige (so drapey and soft yet rustic and robust!). And now, that lovely Knitting Goddess has come up with a yarn that combines all those qualities, and I am powerless to resist.
As you might guess from the name, this is almost the same blend as Joy's famed Britsock – 40% British Bluefaced Leicester, 20% British Wensleydale, 20% British Alpaca, with 20% silk replacing the nylon. How perfect is that? I have my beloved BFL, plus Wensleydale (ooh!), plus alpaca – not camel, but still a camelid, ooh! – plus SILK. OOOOH. All bar the silk from British flocks, and spun in Devon.
Have you ever knit with Britsock? You should. It's so gorgeously woolly, in the best way: soft, warm, a bit of halo, rich colour, a lot of character. Britsilk takes those qualities and waves a fairy godmother wand over them: now Cinderella's wearing her ballgown! That 20% silk literally makes the yarn shine, not to mention adding more drape to what's already a very fluid blend. It's a dream come true and will look amazing in shawls or garments, while being comfortable to work with (not too slippery, nor too opinionated).
This delicious little mini-skein was dyed in the colourway "Almost a Rainbow" – as a friend said on Instagram, "That's unicorn yarn!" The irrepressible candy colours really show off how well the yarn takes dye: pure, shining intensity. I swatched it in chevrons, then striped it with some random grey merino and tried slipped-stitch patterning. Grey stripes etc are often a great way to show off wildly variegated yarns, but in this case I like them best undiluted. Those colours don't need holding back.
Britsilk was launched at Fibre East and was (unsurprisingly) pretty popular, so you'll need to move fast if you want to get some before Joy re-stocks later this year. That Coal looks pretty wonderful...