Soliloquy MerinoSilk is a gorgeous blend of merino and lustrous silk. The four ends have been spun at a high twist, then plied at a lower twist. The resulting yarn is smooth, silky and lovely to knit yet very strong and hard-wearing. Soliloquy MerinoSilk is especially suitable for fine socks, gloves, lace shawls and vintage knitting designs
One pair of socks up to UK size 8 can be knit with just 50 grams of Soliloquy (for men-size socks or socks with a longer leg you'll need 100 gr).
Composition: 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk
Length: 100g = 600m / 656yds
Suggested Needle Size: 2mm for socks, 2.75 for garments, 3.25mm and up for lace
Gauge: 40 sts x 56 rows = 10cm x 10cm on 2mm needles in stocking stitch
Washing Guidelines: Machine wash gentle cycle
These gorgeous colours are guest-dyed for me by some fantastic dyers. Each shade is followed by the letters indicating the dyer:
NDS = Natural Dye Studio (natural/plant dyes)
AY = Artisan Yarns (natural/plant dyes)
SP = Sparkleduck (acid dyes)
KS = The Knitting Swede (acid dyes)
A note about natural/plant vs. acid dyes:
Natural dyes tend to produce a softer colour palette and need to be treated much more gently when washing. Also, some natural dyes (especially indigo) are notoriously difficult to fix (make colour-fast). If you are concerned about the chance of the colours on the yarn rubbing off on your needles/hands, then steer clear of naturally dyed yarns.
In most cases, a couple of rinses will get rid of any excess dye-stuff in the yarn. Do NOT use any biological detergents on your naturally dyed yarns, as these will strip a lot of the colour out of your yarn. As a general rule when choosing colours that have been achieved with natural dyes: the more vibrant the shade, the bigger the chance that there is some excess dye-stuff remaining in the yarn.