eweKnit

August 1, 2015

Silk for summer

Is there anything more luxurious than the feeling of silk against your skin in the summer? It’s cool and smooth, and has the kind of drape and shine that make even wrinkled garments look chic. We’ve carried silk yarns since we opened, and we are beyond thrilled to be adding Liberty of London silks to our shelves: We got our first shipment of Liberty Torrington Silk Crepe de Chine, Chelsea Silk Georgette, and Belgravia Silk Satin. These fabrics are incredible, and we are so, so excited to show them to you.

Liberty Morris A in: Chelsea Georgette, Belgravia Silk Satin, and Torrington Silk Crepe de Chine.

Liberty Morris A in: Chelsea Georgette, Belgravia Silk Satin, and Torrington Silk Crepe de Chine.

Each of our new Liberty silks has its own unique characteristics. The Chelsea Georgette is floaty and sheer, perfect for an ethereal dress (with a slip, unless you’re feeling daring), a kimono-style jacket, or a light sheer top like Victory Patterns Roxanne. The Torrington Silk Crepe de Chine is a great choice for silk beginners. The crepe texture helps keep your fabric from sliding as you sew and gives your finished garments a nice — it would be perfect for a dressy-yet-understated Grainline Alder, Sewaholic’s new Harwood Dress or a Deer & Doe Arielle Blouse. Liberty’s Belgravia Silk Satin is a statement fabric, with a luxe sily shine and smooth hand — use it for a a Colette Dahlia or a By Hand London Anna Dress and you’ll be all set for any party that comes your way.

Liberty Archive Lilac C in Chelsea Goergette, Torrington Silk Crepe de Chine, and Belgravia Silk Satin

Liberty Archive Lilac C in Chelsea Goergette, Torrington Silk Crepe de Chine, and Belgravia Silk Satin

Of course, just because these new Liberty silks have turned our head doesn’t mean we don’t have your silk-knitting needs covered.

Left: Filatura di Crosa Luxury in #36, #5, and #2 Right: Handmaiden Sea Silk in Jade

Left: Filatura di Crosa Luxury in #36, #5, and #2
Right: Handmaiden Sea Silk in Jade

Handmaiden Sea Silk and Filatura di Crosa Luxury are incredible silk yarns that feel incredible to wear. Perfect for garments and accessories, we would love a silk Waterlily or Balta tank. To pair with one of our new (dream) Liberty silk dresses, though, an Ocean Breeze or Lakeshore shawl would be a perfect addition.

Silk-Mohair blend cardigan

Silk-Mohair blend cardigan

And, lest you think silk is only for warm weather, we are beyond thrilled with our new cardigan. The simple shape of the yoke is augmented with garter-stitch stripes, and the whole thing is worked up in silk-mohair blend yarns: we used ArtYarns Rhapsody Light (colour 307) for the body and Rowan Kidsilk Haze (in Steel) for the contrast. The result is an incredibly lightweight, but very warm, cardigan that we can’t wait to wear this fall.

ArtYarns Rhapsody Light in and Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Steel

ArtYarns Rhapsody Light in #37 and Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Steel