Working with Silk
Silk is an incredible fiber type, which stands alone in its unique properties, differing from most all other materials used to make yarn. With few exceptions, when wool is incredibly soft, it comes with a sacrifice in strength. Silk is wonderful and strange in this way—despite its softness, much softer than any wool available—it maintains an impressive tensile strength. Silk is able to trap body heat to keep the wearer warm, yet breathable, making it perfectly suitable for wearing in the summer months.
silk & wool looks delightfully pebbly and light, rather than ultra-smooth and dense, because we use Silk Noil, over processed silk fiber. Noils add little pieces of texture throughout the finished yarn, creating a silk yarn that has character and interest, even in a basic stockinette fabric. Wool provides a balance to these qualities, making a perfect all-seasons yarn: the softness, drape, and breathablity of silk, with the springy lush comfort of wool.
Dyeing silk & wool
Another fascinating component of blending silk with wool to make this yarn: neither take dye in the same way. Silk & wool is the only Harrisville Designs yarn dyed after the spinning process is complete. This may seem surprising, as it retains the heathered look of a dyed-in-the-wool yarn, the sort our woolen mill is known for spinning.
Once the yarn is wound, the yarn goes to a dye house, and the entire skein is dyed. Silk does not absorb dye as quickly or as vibrantly as wool, which leaves the finished yarn with subtle light flecks peppered throughout. This effect is more apparent in certain colorways, all depending upon the base vibrancy of the color.