Monday, 7 April 2014

Spotlight on Faery Wings

Faery Wings, our 4ply silk and mohair yarn, is the most popular of our hand dyed bases. With 67% Silk, 23% Kid Mohair and 10% Nylon, this is a yarn that just loves to drape and shine. Available in 383 yards (350 metres)per 100g skein, this yarn knits up with a soft silky halo.

Faery Wings in 'Aqua'

Mohair takes dye exceptionally well and is an ethereal, luxury fibre that is surprisingly durable. The great thing about mohair is that it takes the dye differently to the silk, creating wonderful effects on the yarn.

Faery Wings in 'Magenta'

Patterns that work well with Faery Wings make good use of this luxurious blend, creating fabrics that are soft and airy. Both Silk and Mohair have an ability to be warm in Winter but cool in Summer as they both have moisture wicking properties (ie they'll keep you dry!). We've put together some suggested pattern ideas to make the best of your skeins of Faery Wings. 


Boo Knits Dragonfly Wings is a free downloadable pattern on Ravelry that is a versatile, wide, shallow, triangular shawl/wrap that can be worn in a variety of ways. The mixture of stocking stitch with garter stitch ridges really shows both the sheen and the hand dyed quality of Faery Wings. The construction of this top down shawl with lace border creates a shawl with a romantic delicate feel that is the perfect compliment to Faery Wings. KnittingFiona on Ravelry's version demonstrates the perfect mix: simple lace, a wide wingspan for drape, hand dyes and that luxury silk and mohair sheen.  

(c) KnittingFiona

Another accessory pattern that showcases the wonderful drape of Faery Wings is Song of the Sea by Inspiration Knits. This versatile cowl develops in lovely Art Deco waves and only requires one skein so it's a perfect little taste of luxury. Inspiration Knits has several patterns that work well with Faery Wings as she is quite a fan. Just look at the soft undulating waves of this cowl, there's a designer who knows how to make a luxury hand dyed yarn shine!

(c) YogicKnitter

For something entirely different, but no less beautiful, try Simple Ziggurat by Asa Tricosa. This sweater begins with a cast-on for back and shoulders and is then knit all in one go from top to bottom with some little zigging and zagging, producing nicely tailored shoulders, a curved neckline, and a slightly fitted body with some little ease. Not only is this a fascinating knit but it's stash frugal too- working the Faery Wings into a lofty fabric means that only 2 skeins are required for the main colour portion of the body. Faery Wings is a yarn that can go the extra mile and it lends itself well to light garments that are warm without the bulk. 

(c) Asa Tricosa

Faery Wings is also suprisingly good for colourwork too! While most colourwork relies on sharp, crisp yarns without a halo, the Silk content of Faery Wings means that it still has definition enough to carry simple motifs. Take this scarf for example, worked up by StitchNerd (project notes here). The Cloisonne Scarf by Susan Ashcroft is a scarf that makes use of one solid colour to both control and highlight bright shades in variegated yarn. StitchNerd's finished scarf really highlights the way Faery Wings can shine in a colourwork item. 

(c) Stitchnerd

Hopefully this post has inspired some Faery Wings pattern choices for you. If you're still struggling to picture what your Faery Wings skein wants to be when it grows up, remember you can use the Ravelry pattern database by selecting 'Silk AND Mohair' like this. If you'd love to try some Faery Wings, please visit the Fyberspates shop where we currently have some in stock. 

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