We just experienced the year’s record heat in SF: 91F/38C! Thor and I took a (very) long walk along the Marina beach to Fort Point (built 1853-1861) built beneath the Golden Gate. (We took this picture with our backs toward the fort and the Golden Gate Bridge, so we’re looking west.)
The heat, of course, doesn’t prevent a fiber addict from picking up her tools and a handful of yarn. I popped Artfibers – my favorite yarn store in San Francisco) – that spins, blends and dyes their yarns in the U.S. I played with Kyoto: 69% silk, 25% super kid mohair and 6 extra fine merino. And the colors – wow! Silk, mohair and merino all pick up colors differently. Plied together and then dyed as one yarn means the resultant color shimmers with different hues, depths and tons. (The picture to the left can’t do it justice.)
Of course I just had to swatch it and knit a swatch but changed needle sizes to get a feel for how the yarn works at different gauges. (Maker recommended 8 stitches/22 rows for 4 inches on a US #10/6 mm.)
I loved the gauge swatch. Hopefully the picture at the right gives you some picture of the beauty of Kyoto. Underneath it is my WIP of Linda Marveng’s Dew Drop Shawl Jacket. I am knitting Dew Drop out of a Merino/silk blend, but that yarn looks positively lifeless compared to Kyoto. I was already to frag the jacket and reknit with Kyoto.
Before I started ripping out rows, I pulled out my iPhone and opened my app YarnPro to see if I could easily use it for the Dew Drop Shawl jacket. Nope. But I did bring the swatch home to show Thor. He instantly loved it – both the yarn and the color, so it looks as though I will get to use Kyoto after all! (I will just borrow his sweater a lot.)
By the way, take a look at this beautiful Short Row Poncho, an Artfibers design (pattern available). This sample used an array of miscellaneous yarns. I thought it one of the nicest poncho designs I have seen lately.