bud and big wool silk

September 16, 2015

I have a new yarn to tell you about: Rowan Big Wool Silk.  I received two skeins to play with and review,  but then quickly ran out to purchase one more so I could make this capelet.  It took just under 3 skeins and only a few hours to knit up.  Big Wool Silk, like it's older brother, Big Wool, knits up quickly and makes gorgeous cables with a stretchy, cushy fabric with great stitch detail.  The fiber content is 70/30, wool/silk.  The silk gives the matte Big Wool a lustrous but subtle, natural sheen.  I imagine lovers of Big Wool--and I know there are many out there--will adore Big Wool Silk.  Many of you love big needles, say hello to needle sizes 13 and 15!  Yep, big. I'm generally a small-needle knitter, it's just my preference, but I couldn't help but love how fast the knitting went.  I'm going to love wearing this and wish I had it on today for my son's BD--a lovely 75 degrees outside and our restaurant had the AC cranked up to frostbite--I hate that so much! 

I'm mad for capelets and ponchos!  This capelet is Bud by Gemma Atkinson, from the knit generation, a book of knitted accessories using a variety of yarns and techniques from a half dozen young designers.

There is a fantastic new accessories pattern book to support Big Wool Silk and I'm sharing my favorites below. Big Wool Silk is interchangeable with Big Wool with the same yardage and gauge, so any vintage Big Wool pattern can be used. 

If anything could seduce me to pick up big needles again, it would be this Clove Loop.  Love.
I think this Cassia Wrap would be fun to wear.

Clove Scarf
The nifty little Coriander collar takes only two skeins.
Licorice makes some beautiful cables.
I saw the Sesame Wrap in person.  It's big and beautiful and shows off the gorgeous sheen of the silk.

Turmeric Wrap


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  1. I have already got a long wish list for winter knits and whilst I love Auburn from Kim Hargreaves latest book Embrace which uses this yarn so far I have resisted buying the book. Your review though is tempting me. Surely it wouldn't take too long on such big needles.... Happy birthday to your son too.


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