Indulge: Silk Cowl and Beret to Knit
In the November/December 2016 issue of PieceWork, contributor Julie Turjoman tells us about ethically produced silk in her article “Peace Silk from India.” Silk has long been valued for is softness, strength, and luster. But did you know about India’s tradition of silk being produced in a way that allows the silkworm pupae to complete their life cycles?
Peace silk is spun from shorter filaments rather than reeled directly from a cocoon. The silkworm pupas are permitted to hatch and exit the cocoons. Peace silk’s production provides much needed employment in rural India. Muga silk in particular is deemed to be one of the strongest and softest of the many varieties of silk.
Julie’s curiosity peaked; she sampled an assortment of silk yarns before choosing Vijay Fibers Muga Etude yarn for her chic beret and cowl projects. She based her decision on the superior qualities of the yarn: “A very slight haze on the yarn surface keeps its multiple plies from raveling, making it glide easily from needle to needle with no concern about splitting.” Yet the slight haze doesn’t diminish the lacy pattern Julie chose for the beret and cowl. The lace is open and elegant and the fabric drapes in the most stylish way. Silk dyes beautifully—Muga Etude yarn in particular has subtle complexity that is breathtaking. The blue is set off by faint golden flecks of color that add dimension and depth.
With PieceWork’s new Muga Silk Beret to Knit Kit or Muga Silk Cowl to Knit Kit you will be able to whip up either for yourself or as a gift. Each kit contains one skein of Vijay Fibers Muga Etude yarn in Country Garden and the November/December 2016 issue of PieceWork with the complete instructions for making the beret and cowl. Plus, learn all about silk, a prized fiber treasured throughout time. Also included are five additional projects to knit, embroider, and sew; each one made with silk. Heavenly!