A couple of months ago, I read about Misti Alpaca’s Tonos Pima Silk in the Spring 2011 Interweave Knits. I was so intrigued, I actually ordered a skein from WEBS in the “Bahama” colorway. When my order from WEBS came I was very pleased! The yarn is very soft and beautifully hand-painted.
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk
Fiber: 83% Peruvian Pima Cotton, 17% Silk
Put-Up: 100g/327 yards
Suggested Gauge: 5.5 – 6 sts/in on US 4-6
I wound it into a yarn cake right away, found the perfect project to try out this sweet silky blend, and got to work. It is an absolute dream to knit with, soft and gentle — not at all squeaky or harsh, like some cottons and cotton-blends can be. I did find it lost it’s sheen a bit as I worked, but washing & blocking the finished scarf brought back the shine I hoped for from the silk content.
A word of warning! During washing, the FO bled dye significantly. I washed and rinsed several times before getting marginally clear water. But, the washed & blocked scarf seemed just as color-rich as the unwashed version.