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)

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FO Friday: Silky ZigZag Shawl

2415 Zig Zag

Last week I finished my “purse project” — a portable project that I carry with me and work on in tiny increments when I have time on my hands. I bought a skein of Tonos Pima Silk after reading a review in Interweave Knits, and I totally love it.  The hand-painted colorway is subtle and intriguing. The soft, soft yarn is lovely to work with and lovely to behold in the finished item.  I’ll talk more about the yarn in an upcoming yarn review post.

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Project: Silky ZigZag Shawl

Pattern: ZigZag Shawl

Designer: Marion Bulin

Available: FREE! on Ravelry

Yarn: Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk

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I let the yarn determine pattern choice for this project. I wanted something with a lot of stockinette and uncomplicated structure so that the hand-painted colors could take center stage. However, it couldn’t be TOO boring to knit, or it would never get done! I also wanted a pattern that was flexible, so I could use as much of the skein as possible.

The ZigZag Shawl fit all my requirements! It is worked from point to point, and is easily adapted to be larger or smaller. I knit until my skein was half gone, then decreased down. I have a tiny bit leftover, which is perfect. The wide swath of stockinette is beautiful, and the garter-stitch edging helped speed the knitting along and helped me keep track of the increases and decreases.

2419 Zig Zag