Aunt Geri here – title credits go to Edgar Allan Poe from his tribute to this beautiful ebony bird.
I am a huge fan of black – maybe because it is really all colors combined. To add more sheen to black alpaca, I marled in some black/silver silk. The yarn shimmers like the raven’s black plumes. The lustrous qualities of silk are quite apparent with only a minor proportion of silk.
Silk comes from the cocoon of the silkworm, which is unwound before the moth emerges in commercial processing. The most common silk is the cultivated variety which is exclusively fed mulberry leaves, hence the name mulberry silk. Wild “tussah” silk comes from more than a dozen silkworm varieties.
This turned out to be a great combo showing the beauty of both fibers. I will definitely marl more silk into my yarns.