So my starting point was one of eager anticipation.
And when this little package popped through my letterbox...?
I believe my exact words were: "Oh MY!"
This is BritSILK 4 ply in the Almost a Rainbow colourway.
40% BFL, 20% Wensleydale, 20% Alpaca and 20% silk.
Each full skein will have 100g / 400m and will sell for £19.50
I'm sorry - can we pause just to appreciate that halo?
The glow and depth of colour?
And while it is fairly soft, it has a certain crispness, an underlying resilience.
The first thing I did was to cast on 56 stitches in the round on 2.5mm dpns and worked an inch of stockinette, as if I was knitting the cuff of a Rose City Roller sock.
The colours started to blend together on the reverse side, becoming altogether more muted.
As you can see from the photo above, I rebelled against such subtlety, whipped out a 4 mm crochet hook and ran a row of 3-stitch picots along the edge.
Oooh! Pop Pop Pop!
I love how the rainbow came to life in crochet!
I started to imagine some fingerless mitts with some eyelets and a picot bind off...
This is still on 2.5mm needles.
The BFL-heavy base gives the yarn-overs plenty of structure at this gauge.
Ooh yes - fingerless mitts please!
I decided to play a little more and threw in some shaping and cable-crosses.
OMG those colours!
As my stitch count decreased, the rainbow definition increased.
Imagine the potential for stripey fingers!
However, I was also keen to see how the yarn played at a looser gauge.
So I took the other end of my ball and cast on 30 stitches on 4mm straights.
This is possibly a little too loose.
I would try again at 3.75mm if I was swatching for a full-sized project.
Hold it up to the light?
Yeah - a little bit too airy for my taste.
When I squoosh the stitches together you can see how this might behave on a larger scale.
It holds its shape well: not at all floppy.
Great for pleats?
Are pleats a thing in knitting?!
OK so now I am thinking it would work well with an i-cord edging.
Ooh - how about a Clincher?
Imagine the contrast of the garter stitch, with the colours blending into one another, set against the pop pop pop rainbows when the same yarn is worked as an i-cord?
Ooh yeah baby!
You want some now don't you?
Me too :)
It will be launched at Fibre East at the end of this month and Joy is adding it to the shop on Friday 4 August.
Form an orderly queue, please.