Yarn Review – Silver Spun Sport

Product Name: Silver Spun

Company: Feel Good Yarn Company

Fiber Content: 87% Combed Cotton,  11% Silver, 2% Lycra

Per Skein: Approx 50g, 173 yds (Sport weight)

Gauge: 23-26 stitches/33-36 rows using US Size 3-5 (3.25-4.25) knitting needles

Care: Handwash & Dry Flat

I recently received a skein of Silver Spun yarn from Feel Good Yarn Company.  I noticed two things about this yarn right away – (1) it is not sparkly as one might think based on the name – it does not contain the stellina strand that is added to the sparkly sock yarns that have been so popular recently.  This yarn contains real silver and (2) the yarn is extremely soft – much softer than I would ever expect from cotton yarn.  The overall effect is very lovely and I looked forward to knitting with my skein of Silver Spun yarn

Per Feel Good Yarn Company:  The silver adds thermal, conductive and therapeutic properties to the yarn and inhibits the growth of bacteria (including the kind which cause odor).  Additionally, the silver’s conductivity allows smartphone or tablet touchscreen use while wearing gloves made from the yarn.  Silver Spun is a natural product – no chemical dyes were used in the production of the yarn.  The Silver in the yarn is permanently adhered to the yarn and will not wash out or tarnish if used regularly.  Additionally, (per Feel Good Yarn Company), the yarn has thermal properties which are perfect for those who suffer from diabetes, arthritis or have sensitive skin.

I decided to test out my skein of Silver Spun by knitting a pair of fingerless mitts.  Checking Ravelry, I decided to look at fingerless mitts projects made with Silver Spun sport weight yarn and decided on  Clara Parke’s Foxglove Mitts.  (I already had the e-book, Brave New Knits).  The original pattern seemed kind of small lengthwise. I did follow some of the modifications noted by the other knitter on Ravelry – I lengthened the ribbing and added an extra round of the pattern both before and after the thumb. I have more than enough yarn to knit the pair of mitts as adjusted.  (additional info:  I used US Size 3 needles).

I tested the mitts’ conductivity by trying to use my iphone and I was indeed able to use my phone through the knitted material.  (Not that this is an issue with fingerless mitts but since the manufacturer’s notes listed this as a benefit, I thought it would be good to test that aspect out). 

The mitts are very soft and the Lycra makes them very stretchy – much like you would expect from a wool/nylon blend yarn.  I think the sport weight version of this yarn is perfect for mitts or gloves.  In fact, I would love to knit a pair of gloves just for the ability to use with my iphone!

You can check out the available colors of Silver Spun Sport here.  A 50g/173 yard skein is available for $28 and a 14g/50 yard mini skein is available for $12.50.  I think the mini skein would be perfect to add to the tip of gloves so you could wear your gloves and use your smartphone too.  Silver Spun also comes is a sock weight yarn which you can check out here.  An 86g/400 yard skein is available for $42.  Subscribe to the email list to get free shipping on your first order.

Overall, I enjoyed knitting with this cotton blend yarn. I think it would be a perfect alternative yarn for someone who is allergic to wool – it is very soft and stretchy.  I would definitely choose this yarn again to knit mitts or gloves and would love to see how a pair of socks turn out with the sock weight of Silver Spun.

Disclosure: Feel Good Yarn Company sent iknit2purl2 (1) skein of Silver Spun (Sport Weight) Yarn FREE for review. iknit2purl2 was not compensated for the preceding review and all opinions in the above review are those of the blog author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Feel Good Yarn Company.