NORO Silk Garden Lite 3008 - royal grass blue-green sapphire purple turquoise
Composition: 45% Mohair 45% Silk 10% Wool
Weight / Texture: 8ply DK / 2ply loosely plied
Meter / Yards: 50g ball ~ 124m /136yds
Tension: 4.0 mm
Gauge: 22S x 34R
Care instruction: Hand wash
Tip: Buy additional balls if you work towards perfect colour balance
SILK GARDEN LITE is the little sister of SILK GARDEN, made out of the same unique fibre blend of silk and mohair with a touch of wool. This beautiful yarn is soft, warm and drapes wonderful. The silk gives it sheen, mohair warmth and wool adds bounce and memory. It comes with the NORO signature long colour runs, deeply saturated with a rustic twist and is perfectly matched by SILK GARDEN LITE SOLO, the semisolid version with the same tweed like effects.
As all NORO yarns SILK GARDEN LITE is not a controlled knit experiment but a knitting adventure. Get exited watching colours emerge, transition and be surprised at the texture, how it transforms again in the finished fabric due to the thick and thin quality of the yarn. The colours are saturated with a deep glow. Shades are composed with calmer colours chosen for the background on which brighter colours add splashes of excitement.
SILK GARDEN LITE is pure, unadulterated yarn, left as natural as possible, some even call it rustic. Can’t feel the silk? You won’t in any yarn with silk content below 50 %. What silk will do is impart certain qualities, like enhance drape, reduce weight, intensify colour, add sheen and soften the yarn overall. That’s why you won’t feel the mohair either, whilst imparting it’s best qualities - climate control / lightweight - the silk will encapsulate it so you won’t see or feel mohair fluff.
If you have very sensitive skin, buy with caution - SILK GARDEN LITE might not be for you, sorry - seriously I am sorry, because you miss out on one of the most wonderful art yarns. Maybe you could reconsider what to make out of it? I recommend it, nothing better than a skirt or jacket for outerwear to brighten up an outfit.
What else is unique? Knots – well some balls do, some balls don’t and yes some end up with very disjointed colour flows but it all has to do with the manual manufacturing process. I agree discovering a knot mid row is annoying. Rewind every ball before knitting and separate each knot, in return you will discover all colours within the shade, colour dominance and flow, enabling you to personalise your colour way – what could be better. Don’t be afraid having to sew in lots of ends, you won’t – either double knit or spit splice – you will not see it in the finished fabric. As for vegetable matter, rewinding will cause some to fall out and the final bath rinses away even more. Lastly the issues of weak or loosely spun, this relates to the yarn not being set in its final structure until you give it a bath. Before that the yarn consists of 2 loosely Z-spun strands, Z-plied, still showing open structure, more roving than yarn at times. I prefer warm soapy water to settle the yarn and for seaming slightly felt the length or go for a different yarn altogether. Felting a project will work - start out gently by hand, in the machine it will felt but also pill due to the immediate, hard friction. The yarn softens and relaxes in the first wash, so unless you made a swatch, fit can be an issue. If you prefer SILK GARDEN LITE in a heavier weight, have a look at SILK GARDEN.
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