Ideas For Using Recycled Pulled Silk Yarn

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{Review brought to you by Loni. You can read more about her here.} 

I had the privilege of reviewing some hand dyed recycled pulled silk yarn in variegated spring colors of yellow, pale green, and lavender from The Fiber of My Being.  Brandi Schoch, the owner, rescues fiber animals and then spins and dyes the fibers for sale!  I received 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn which totaled about 250 yards. The yarn arrived with a very informative business card – Brandi offers spinning lessons in person and through Skype, and she carries a variety of hand processed luxury fibers from rescue animals. One of my favorite personal touches was a postcard with a picture of one of Brandi’s rescued cashmere goats. How neat to have a memento of one of the animals that your order is supporting!

One of the first things I noticed about the yarn was the smell. It doesn’t smell bad, just not as neutral as store bought yarn. There is a very natural smell to it. I’ll admit I have never worked with silk yarn before, so I don’t really know what is normal for it, but the smell was not off-putting to me. Most manufactured yarns have several strands twisted together to make up one main strand of yarn. This silk yarn has only one strand. I did not realize how much I would like that, but it means no splitting of strands, which is a big pain when you are trying to do a project! You can see the difference between store bought acrylic yarn and this yarn in the picture.

The silk is very nice to work with. It feels very smooth and slides through your fingers nicely, and the yarn is very consistent in width, which shows Brandi’s skill. It’s almost exactly the same width as store bought worsted weight yarn, which means you can use it for all of  your favorite worsted weight patterns! The colors are beautiful and meld gently into one another. Overall, I really love this yarn.

So what can you do with recycled pulled silk yarn? I tried both a lacy pattern and a tight one in crochet. First, I made a snood. Since the pattern calls for a lighter weight yarn, my finished project was a bit heavier and larger than intended, but that is a matter of gauge and does not reflect badly on the yarn. The yarn worked well in the lacier stitches, which is the important part!

My second project was a pair of convertible fingerless mittens, which turned out great. I’m sure I’ll be using them plenty whenever it is cooler out. The silk is surprisingly warm and comfortable, just enough stretch when crocheted. The silk yarn is also very strong. I tested this at the beginning by seeing how hard I needed to pull to break the strand, and it needed quite a bit of a pull to break it!

Brandi’s blog and site are very informative. She sells some of her patterns, both knit and crochet. She even posts video tutorials! I highly recommend her yarns. You can spend your time crafting while also supporting the rescue of animals. You receive a great product and know you are making a difference!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. Please note that the opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced by outside sources of any kind. Also note that this post may contain affiliate links. Please use due diligence when making any purchase decisions.

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