Tuesday, July 24, 2007

No Wonder...

...it wasn't working! I'm (trying) to make Tuscany in Handmaiden Silken and no matter what I did I couldn't get the stitch definition to come out right. I kept trying smaller and smaller needles until I was wondering if toothpicks might be a better choice. So onto the internet I go and do a little research. Turns I didn't buy Silken, I bought Lace. Oi! So at lunch I go home, get my #4 circs and a ball of Regal Silk I had lying around and knit up a swatch.... Lo and Behold! Stitch definition!!!!
Now my delimma is whether or not to go to my LYS and buy more of the Regal Silk (which is an alpaca/silk/poly blend I think and way cheaper) or splurge on Sea Silk or Silken.

TEDF

ETA: Regia Silk, not Regal Silk.

6 comments:

Kristina B said...

I'm a bad influence... but I've worked both with the Sea Silk and the Silken and LOVE both of them. I don't know what what you bought is like, though...

TEDF said...

I'm going to call my LYS and see if they still have the Sea Silk. What I accidentally bought was Handmaiden Lace Silk (or Silk Lace, I can't remember and can't find the band)which is about half the diameter of the Silken and Sea Silk. Anyway, I bought the Lace because it was pretty without reading the band closely.

Stitch-ay Woman said...

LOL. Good story.

Jocelyn said...

FYI - Regal Silk (Artyarns) is 100% in an Aran weight. I just finished making a tank out using it. It's beautiful yarn, but somewhat heavier than either of the others.

Sue J. said...

I've used Sea Silk twice for shawls and just love it. It blocks differently that wool or wool blend, but the end result is really lovely. Sea Silk gets my vote.

Kristina B said...

It is hard for me to tell the difference between some of the handmaiden stuff as well. I did the same as you, tedf, but buying silk spun instead of silken.