It always amazes me the innovation that is still happening in knitting. From different ways to cast on and bind off to new techniques and new materials to knit with, this is definitely a good time to be a knitter.
One really cool yarn that’s come out very recently is LanaMudi Yarns’ SilverSpun, distributed by Feel Good Yarn Company. As the name implies, this is a yarn that’s spun with a silver filament (along with cotton and Lycra).
Why would you want to knit with such a thing? Well, silver is very conductive, so it makes cotton yarn feel warmer than it normally would. It also makes it possible for you to work electronic devices with touch screens while still keeping your gloves on.
Silver is also touted for anti-microbial and pain-relief properties, so your socks may end up less stinky and your wrists may feel less pain from marathon knitting sessions if they’re wrapped in silvery mitts.
I don’t know about all that, but it’s still a soft, pretty yarn that’s fun to work with and certainly a conversation starter.
The yarn came out in April and is sold out, but the company is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new batch. Silver, as you can imagine, is pretty expensive, and they have to buy a large quantity to make it more cost effective. Anyone who pledges $75 or more will get a skein of the good stuff to play with, and there are lots of other great incentives, too.
Would you knit with silver yarn? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
[Photo via Feel Good Yarn Co.]