|"Dryad" on Aria Gold sock yarn from Fiddle Knits Fibers|
Am I allowed to pick one of my own yarns as my new favorite yarn? I hope so!
Recently I added sparkle sock yarns to my Etsy shop. I dubbed the new yarn line "Aria." The construction is very similar to my Polka yarn, both being a springy 2-ply fingering weight. The fiber content is a bit different, though. Polka is a 100% superwash merino. Pure and simple. It's a great all around yarn and I love the way it blocks for shawls. Aria is 75% superwash merino / 20% nylon / 5% stellina. Because of the difference in fiber content the Aria skeins have a little more yardage (they're 438 yards per 100 grams). The yarn is superwash, which is a plus to me, it's soft, they'res enough yardage for a shawlette. All these things make me love it, but of course there's a lot of sock yarns that boast these same things. The really fun thing about Aria is the stellina that makes it sparkle! I offer Aria with gold or silver sparkle (known as Aria Gold & Aria Silver). When I first ordered the base yarn I figured I'd gravitate more toward the silver sparkle since I tend toward cool colors and don't like yellow gold in most any form. After dying several skeins of the gold and silver I noticed that the silver tends to take on some of the dye turning it into a more subtle tone on tone sparkle. A green colorway dyed on Aria Silver comes out with some flecks of silver sparkle and some flecks of greenish sparkle. The same colorway dyed on the Aria Gold yarn comes out with radiant gold sparkle jumping out off the colored background. It's more in your face. If a subtle shimmer is what you crave than Aria Silver will be more to your taste. I've had a hard time putting up any of the Aria Gold colorways. Some favorites have been Raven's Gold (jet black), Starry Night (blues), and Dragon King (greens). My all time, hands down, new favorite is Dryad (photo at top of post). This one is teal and dark brown combined. It reminds me of watery depths. Dyed on Aria Gold yarn this colorway becomes positively magical. I couldn't resist. I kept a skein for myself. I haven't had a chance to knit anything using Dryad, but I know that eventually it wants to grow up to be a shawlette. For now I'm keeping it within view and it's making me very happy.