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 100 to 250 Yards
 250 yards pure silk DK
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ikkivan
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Posted - 10/28/2010 :  08:48:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have two hanks of Debbie Bliss Pure Silk DK weight, probably about 260-265 yards total. Suggested gauge on US6 needles is 22 stitches per 4 inches. I bought this with a cowl in mind, but after reading lots of comments on Ravelry (for several cowl patterns made with pure silk yarns), I'm wondering if the silk has enough body for a cowl, unless it is supposed to be really drapey. Or would a tighter gauge help?

I am guessing this yarn is not going to withstand lots of frogging, so I'd appreciate any ideas for a cowl pattern suitable for this yarn in the amount I have available.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.

Wen
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Posted - 10/29/2010 :  04:41:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I made Fountain Hood with it, it is soft and drapy, it won't stand up but that is what I wanted.

Here's a photo

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wen1965/4315167539/in/set-72157623224201930/

Wen


http://www.flickr.com/photos/wen1965/sets/72157623175907664/show/ 2010 FO
http://wenswoolgathering.wordpress.com/ My blog
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ikkivan
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Posted - 10/29/2010 :  10:42:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you ... that photo helps a lot. I was considering a lace-type pattern, and it looks as if this yarn will work just fine, looking at your cowl. I just hated to get started and then have to frog it several times before finding the right one.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.
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Wen
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Posted - 10/29/2010 :  4:11:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just saw a picture of a plain stocking stitch cowl knitted with 1 strand of pure silk and one strand of kid silk haze. The result is amazing.

Wen


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ikkivan
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Posted - 10/31/2010 :  5:40:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ooh, I saw that one, too, and have now ordered some coordinating kidsilk haze (bad, bad girl, Donna). Do you think that combination would also work on one of the lace patterns similar to yours, Wen, or would the fluff hide the pattern too much? You obviously have much more experience than I do. But I'm also drawn to that very plain one ... sometimes the most simple is also very elegant!

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.
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Wen
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Posted - 11/03/2010 :  05:08:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think I would go for plain with the combination and keep the lace for a single well defined strand.

Wen


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anderknit
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Posted - 11/03/2010 :  05:21:24 AM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Link! Link! Can we see the silk/Kidsilk cowl?

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
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ikkivan
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Posted - 11/03/2010 :  09:45:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is awful, but I can't seem to find that photo now (perhaps someone else will??) ... been looking till my eyes won't focus. I remember it was shown on a decorated mannequin head (well, actually the neck, I guess) rather than a real person. However, it is "similar" to the Lion Brand sunnyside cowl shown here

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sunnyside-cowl

The one with the pure silk and kidsilk haze held together, though, looked a bit more drapey and substantial than this LB photo. I am so sorry I can't locate it again.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.
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flicka
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Posted - 11/03/2010 :  11:36:13 AM  Show Profile Send flicka a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is this it?

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/1verylovedmom/purple-silk-haze-cowl

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Wen
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Posted - 11/04/2010 :  12:51:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
yes that's the one.I love the sheen of the silk with the haze of the kid mohair

Wen


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ikkivan
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Posted - 11/04/2010 :  08:48:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, thank you SO much ... I must bookmark that. This is definitely what I am going to do with my yarn: the silk is a sort of a bright apricot color and I got the Kidsilk Haze in both marmalade and brick. They came yesterday and I'll use the brick; both look nice with the silk, but the brick seems a bit duller/softer, and the silk is already pretty loud. I won't have a problem using the marmalade with another yarn in my stash, which is why I didn't mind ordering both colors (no LYS anywhere near me).

Hmmm, I think I just realized another way my stash keeps growing.

I certainly appreciate the reference to that cowl and using these two yarns together!

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.
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flicka
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Posted - 11/05/2010 :  5:57:33 PM  Show Profile Send flicka a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You are welcome. I seem to have good google-fu finding stuff on Ravelry. Would you let us know how the Pure Silk knits up for you? I bought some years ago and it ended up in permanent time-out because it pilled so badly in the knitting. It must have improved because the Ravelry knitters don't complain about pilling.

flicka
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Wen
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Posted - 11/07/2010 :  10:45:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Flicka have a look at my Silk cap sleeved top. It has started to pill, but nothing a quick buzz won't fix and it does get rubbed a bit at the spot it is pilling. I have been wearing in now for about 18 months. I love it.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/wen/12-cap-sleeved-top


Wen


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flicka
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Posted - 11/08/2010 :  10:50:25 AM  Show Profile Send flicka a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wen, thanks for the link; your silk top is gorgeous. I'm very glad the yarn has improved. The old pilly skein that I have will become the lining for a muff, or something like that, where it can be felt but not seen.

flicka
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Wen
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Posted - 11/10/2010 :  05:20:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, my sons bought me the silk and pattern book for Christmas with DH advising them. They have good taste!

Wen


http://www.flickr.com/photos/wen1965/sets/72157623175907664/show/ 2010 FO
http://wenswoolgathering.wordpress.com/ My blog
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ikkivan
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Posted - 07/16/2011 :  5:46:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just want you all to know that I DID make that drapey stockinette cowl ... began early in year and worked on just here and there between other projects. Finished it this week and photos are here if anyone wants to see it:

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/OkieDokieKnitter/orange-silk-haze-cowl

Thank you again for all the suggestions; you really helped me!

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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Wen
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Posted - 07/17/2011 :  5:08:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love it. You know I saw the thread title and I thought I could have some input into this and then opened it and found it was an old discussion I had been involved in. :)

Wen


http://www.flickr.com/photos/wen1965/sets/72157623175907664/show/ 2010 FO
http://wenswoolgathering.wordpress.com/ My blog
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