Other than too many splices, this yarn is great to work with and makes a beautiful finished product. The price isn't bad if you search around online but in the stores it's a bit pricey. You end up with a silky, drapey finished product with an amazing sheen. I have just finished a cardigan in sapphire and it's simply perfect.
I have heard so many claims that bamboo yarn is a waste of time. This is the yarn that proves all the nay-sayers wrong! I made an adult-sized Batman mask in single crochet with this yarn and it fit perfectly. It stretches just enough to conform to the figure and after washing as Patons suggests it retains its form. I love the sheen and the soft feel. I'm ordering more to create a tank for myself!
Although I agree with those who find this yarn expensive, I greatly enjoy using Paton's silk/Bamboo.. It is a sensory pleasure, so soft and silky; the colors are vibrant. I wished to make a prayer shawl for my sister who had just been diagnosed with a second recurrence of cancer. She asked for jewel tones so I used sapphire and orchid. It turned out beautifully and she was thrilled with it, wearing it often until her demise a year later.
I made the mistake of buying less than I needed. The second dye lot I ended up with was not only a completely different shade it was a matte finish and didn't have any of the shine of the first lot I bought. I'm disappointed that I can rarely buy enough of one dye lot to make larger items and I'm disappointed in the colour selections at my local stores. In all other ways I love this yarn!
I used this in the weft to weave a Buffalo plaid scarf in red/black. I think it is the best bamboo blend at a fairly reasonable price I have been able to find for scarves to obtain a softer drape. I have not tried it in the warp but have a feeling it may be too stretchy for that. I used a matching black mercerized cotton for the warp instead. Came out pretty. However, the price is a bit high for me for larger projects. I would recommend it for many weaving projects.
the yarn supply in Malone is so dissapointing. there is never enough to make any project. it is the only sJoannes for about 75 miles.
I purchased two skeins in black to knit a hat for my dad who is preparing for chemo. We both are very sensitive to wool and acrylic. This is wonderfully soft and stretchy. I used aluminum dpns rather than bamboo, in an effort to avoid tearing up the yarn on the wood. However, it still knitted up quite fuzzy, which was fine for my purposes, but don't expect a smooth fabric with sheen. It also had a tendancy to slip off my aluminum needles, so I may opt for bamboo next time for a bit more grip. Overall I'm please with this yarn, but the price point is a little high compared to wool and cottons. I'd never knit a garment with this because of the cost and stretch, but it's great for accessories.
It's taken me a while to amass the amount of silk bamboo that I wanted because the cost is excessive. It does have a bit too much stretch which I'm hoping will tighten up with hand washing. The yarn does have a tendency to split but it's not so bad that I wouldn't use it again. I'm making a hat and scarf out of it for my son for Christmas and the yarn feels great and lays well. I like it.