Yarn Review: Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk

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.

1954 Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk

Yarn: Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk

Price: $18.40

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.

2136 silky zigzag scarf

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.

2397 Tonos  Pima Silk (dye bleeding)

2415 Zig Zag

2416 Zig Zag

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