the last thing I am waiting for (and for me by far the most exciting) are the silks from Shreya. I have chosen a total of 37 different colours across 6 different yarns – half are 100% pure mulberry silk and the other half Mulberino (52% Merino Wool/48% Silk). For me they are everything that I am about – they are pure luxury. They are being hand dyed in India by Indian Silk Shop – run by brothers Ameen and Muzamil who have both been extremely helpful and supportive of my plans for Luxury Yarns.
I feel that this collection is very personal to me, because I have selected the yarns from samples sent to me by Indian Silk Shop, and have then chosen a colour palette for each yarn. Initially I thought my order would mostly be made up of solid colours, however, these yarns lend themselves beautifully to colour combinations and mixed colour yarns so I have ended up with about half and half.
Shreya Silk Earl Aran is the thickest of the silks I have chosen, and it knits and crochets beautifully. It was the first yarn I sampled from ISS and I have made myself the most gorgeous crocheted shrug. It hangs so delicately, despite being a chunky yarn, and has a sheen to it that you just never get with wool. Because it is a combed and woven yarn it is also really easy to knit and crochet with, and was the deciding factor behind me putting more than half of my startup budget into Shreya products. However, I am only stocking this yarn in 4 colours for the summer as it will probably be a better seller in the autumn and winter.
Then comes Countessa DK – which I think will become the most popular of the silks. It is a DK in the sense that it knits best of a 4mm needle, but it is a combed yarn that has several strands woven tightly, so it is denser and heavier than most DK yarns. It does however, knit and crochet beautifully and for this reason I have chosen 12 colours – 6 solid and 6 colour mixes. I really hope and believe that others will love this yarn as much as I do…
Finally the last of the pure silks is Queen Lace – like the other 2 yarns it is woven so doesn’t have the catchy, raw feel that many silks have, and it is so delicate and beautiful. Lace has made a huge comeback recently – probably since knitting and crocheting has become more popular, but I was suprised recently at a trade show – just how popular lace weight yarns have become so I am hopeful for this yarn.
Lastly comes the Mulberinos – these are so popular – all the biggest yarn designers in the UK (Rowan/Debbie Bliss/Louisa Harding/Noro/Mirasol) have brought out their own blends, and they are selling like hotcakes. I have chosen 3 different yarns, two are a double knit, but one is much denser than the other, and as such has lesser yardage, and also a lace weight Mulberino too.