Fibre: 85% Bluefaced Leicester 15% Silk
Grown: The Bluefaced Leicester is grown in Great Britain.
As you can imagine, a yarn which contains Bluefaced Leicester and silk has the most amazing lustre. While working with this yarn it glides easily through your fingers. The silk contents makes Milburn 4 ply a bit slippy on metal needles. Extra care might be needed to ensure you don't drop any stitches!
The yarn is spun with a high twist making it suitable for projects which need to withstand some tougher situations. There are quite a few sock patters which use Milburn 4 ply including Eden Cottage Yarns very own Daydreamer socks. The added silk provides additional strength in a similar way to how nylon does.
|Close up of the yarn|
This swatch was knit on 3.25 mm needles in the Misty Woods colourway. The stitches are really well defined.
|Swatch unblocked in the Misty Woods shade|
In the cable work of the Colossus the pattern really stands out while being amazingly comfortable to wear against the skin.
|Cable detail of Colossus. |
The design in one of six patterns in the Bletchley Collection
We will take a closer look at the designs in the Bletchley Collection next week.