In 2009, the color geniuses at Lorna's Laces developed a scrumptuous silk/bamboo blend -- originally as a marvelous alternative for those with allergies to animal fibers, but the yarn is so scrumptiously delicious and it got such a monster response from knitters everywhere that they have kept it as part of their line.
Called Pearl, because it is so very shimmery, it is a wonderful 51% silk to 49% bamboo.
And then they put together a cute little kit with it.
Inside the "Pearl Shell" packaging you'll find a skein of Pearl and two patterns to choose from.
There is a beautiful scarf pattern for making the Lyerka Scarf by Kenny Chua of The Boy Who Knits fame. You can see that one in the first photo here and again the fourth one on this page.
And Amanda who is an integral part of Lorna's Laces also created a pattern for what she calls the Ouroboros Cowl, also needing only the one skein.
The kit even has a pearl thrown in!
We chose one colorway to showcase these beauties. Aslan is the colorway you see in the photo of the scarf (the cowl photo was taken of a different color) as well as the third photo on this page. It is essentially neutrals -- ecru, beige, soft brown, gray. A beautifully understated and sophisticated colorway -- we thought it was amazing.
I wish you could see the yarn up close -- it has such a beautiful shimmer to it and such an amazing feel -- really special.
Both scarf and cowl are fairly simple patterns with every other row being a "vacation" (no fancy stitches).
If you choose to make the scarf, it has a finished size of 6" x 70" and uses size 7 (4.5mm) needles). The pattern is essentially an 8 row repeat, with all the even number rows a "vacation" of purling across. So it is relatively simple -- great summer knitting.
And the last is a picture of the cowl. Called the Ouroboros Cowl -- a great word, btw. Let me digress for a moment and explain:
The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon swallowing its own tail and forming a circle. And it often symbolizes the idea of something continually re-creating itself, a cycle of constant renewal. Kind of like knitting and creating, yes? I love the word -- and the concept.
Anyway, the cowl is essentially rounds repeated in a lace pattern, again with every other row being simple purl around. So again, not a tough knit and a great carry-along project.
These are truly gorgeous -- the yarn is superb and then each design makes a lovely creation.