Yeah, whaddya gonna do? You’ve got ArtYarns Silk Rhapsody lying around, along with a pattern that will showcase it nicely.
Silk Rhapsody. It’s available for sale in lots of places — I see that Purl has it for sale online here.
A couple of you asked about the itch factor because of the mohair content. Please note that I am not overly sensitive to itchiness in yarn, so your mileage may vary. But I find it very non-itchy. There’s more silk than mohair in the yarn, and the silk makes it very soft. And very, very pleasurable to knit.
How pleasurable? I finished the shawl.
Not really an amazing feat, because it is worsted weight and I knit it on 5mm needles. It’s not a large shawl, either. And apart from a bit of sock knitting on Saturday, I abandoned all other knitting to work on it. It even went to the office with me today, so I could knit it on the train and at lunch.
Of course, I had the problem of trying to decide how many repeats I could knit before starting the edging. I had 520 yards of yarn and I, of course, wanted to use as much as possible. The shawl gets 4 stitches wider on each right side row, and there are 15 edging rows before you bind off.
As it happens, I had to knock 4 rows off the edging in order to have enough yarn to finish.
With Holz & Stein nearly impossible to find here, have you tried Colonial circulars?
I’ve not yet tried the Colonial circulars, but no doubt I will soon. Last Friday, my Needle Enabler (the one who enabled me into Holz & Stein needles in the first place) emailed me to tell me how wonderful the Colonial circulars are. So really, it’s just a matter of time.
This shawl ain’t half bad.