Yarn Profile: Rowan Kidsilk Haze
The silk glimmers through the gentle mohair fuzz like San Francisco's city skyline through the fog. Did I mention I liked this yarn?
It's currently available in 10 colors, including a silvery blue, a hot orange, a pea green, and an enticing purple called "Poison," which is what I used for this review. Each skein holds a generous 227 yards.
Although Kidsilk Haze has significantly less mohair fuzz, there's still enough to cause snagging if you're not careful. Even seemingly gentle snags appear as blotchy areas in the finished fabric, so you want to be patient.
Rowan designed Kidsilk Haze to be knit up at several different gauges, depending on the overall desired effect you want to achieve. For this review I knit two sets of swatches in fine and looser gauges. It fared equally well in both cases. Fibers stayed intact, with no sneeze-inducing mohair fluff flying into the air.
Blocking / Washing
My first surprise was that the rich color didn't bleed at all. I even tried hot water, but the color stayed true.
My second surprise was how well the swatches emerged from their baths. While many others look like drowned rats, these looked remarkably intact.
They resumed their shape almost immediately, with minimal prodding from me. The gauge remained true.
As for touch, Kidsilk Haze may likely be the softest brushed mohair you'll ever experience. There's no nylon or wool core, only two plies of buttery soft silk. Each ply is, in turn, made up of multiple plies of even finer silk, giving the yarn good strength at its core.
This softness makes Kidsilk Haze entirely appropriate for any next-to-the-skin wear. But here's the problem: Even at its finest given gauge, Kidsilk Haze produces see-through fabrics.
Scarves and hats notwithstanding, you'll need to wear something underneath your Kidsilk Haze garment -- at least when you leave the house.
Angora goats produce fiber this fine only once in a lifetime, prior to their very first shearing. And we all know the unfortunate end silkworms must meet.
I consider Kidsilk Haze a birthday, anniversary, thank-you, get-well, I-deserve-something-special yarn. Every moment in its company, whether knitting it up or wearing it, is sure to be a sensual delight.
70% super kid mohair
18 to 25 stitches and 23 to 34 rows per 4-inch square using US 3-8 (3.25-5mm) needles
Average retail price
Where to Buy Online
The Knitting Garden
Weight/Yardage per Skein
25g./ 227 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash in lukewarm water, cool rinse, do not wring, do not bleach, do not tumble dry, dry flat out of direct heat and sunlight, use cool iron and damp pressing cloth.