Sparkle into Spring with Blue Heron Rayon Metallic - April 23, 2015
Can you name fibers that come from animals? There’s wool from sheep, silk from silkworms, mohair from goats, angora from rabbits. And naming plant fibers is easy too — cotton, linen, hemp. But man-made fibers often stump even the most experienced fiber enthusiast. So this week, a short lesson about rayon. Rayon was first available in 1905, making it the first man-made fiber. Rayon is derived from cellulose, or plant fiber, from several sources including wood pulp and bamboo. The cellulose is chemically broken down to create a flowable liquid that is then forced through a spinneret to create the fiber. In yarn, rayon adds shine and clear color to any blend. But a 100% rayon yarn, like Blue Heron’s Rayon Metallic, almost glows with color. And rayon creates a breathable fabric that doesn't keep in body heat. So in the long, hot Texas summers, a rayon scarf or shawl is a perfect accent piece. And we have a couple of suggestions! The Arezzo Scarf by Renee Womack is simple to knit, but creates a light airy fabric that shows off the Rayon Metallic’s best qualities, drape, shine and lightness. For a bigger project, choose two colors of the yarn for a Daybreak Shawl, by Stephen West. Two generous skeins will make the large version of this popular shawl, and the metallic flecks turn the garter stitches into gorgeous stitches.
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