A Yak-Tacular Success

The cowl of all cowls. Dreamy. Silk/yak yarn and a perfect stitch pattern. Heaven in an accessory.

The cowl of all cowls. Dreamy. Silk/yak yarn and a perfect stitch pattern. Heaven in an accessory.  The cowl of all cowls. Dreamy. Silk/yak yarn and a perfect stitch pattern. Heaven in an accessory.Holy guacamole. This might just be my favorite knit. Ever. I don’t know what crazed soul thought it might be cool to combine yak and silk, but they deserve a medal. Truly.

Off I go Google how to become a yak farmer… How hard could it possibly be*?

I used two skeins of Lang Yarns Asia (70% silk/30% yak) to knit a cowl in the round. I had just a tiny bit of yarn left over. It’s the dinkiest scrap of all time, but I am going to save it and treasure it as if it were a precious stone. I just might stitch it into the inside of my pillow or something weird like that (why not?).

This is the perfect cowl of all time. And I’m not just saying it because I knit the darn thing. It’s just my honest, uncensored opinion. Its got drape like there’s no tomorrow. Springs like a slinky. Dimensional, simple stitching. Pleasantly reversible. Perfect length to wear long. Equally perfect length to wrap double. No curling. No rolling. No bunching. Nothing weird. No drama. Touchable to know end. I just know complete strangers in the grocery store are going come up to me and start to fondle my cowl the way they used to fondle Reed when he was a baby. It’s unavoidable.

Aside from my slight issue twisting the cast on join, I didn’t screw it up. Not even once.

If I didn’t have a project queue fifty billion miles long, I would knit a dozen more of these. The colorways this stuff comes in are stunning. Why knit just one when you can knit ’em all?

This is what I want to know: how does one turn a black yak into magenta? Bleach, then dye?

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11 Comments

  • Reply Sue May 15, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Hi! It is yak-iful! What pattern? And it’d be great to see it modelled! ????❤️

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life May 15, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Hi Sue. My own pattern. I still need to type it up and do a real photoshoot with an actual person. It is on the list. Xoxo

  • Reply Alina May 15, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Yak/silk blend is definitely on my must-knit yarn list! And if you get a yak, I would be your first customer, just saying 🙂

  • Reply Katie May 15, 2016 at 7:35 am

    So gorgeous! It looks so soft and squishy in the picture. I can only assume it’s even better in real life.

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise May 15, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Gorgeous!!! The squishy factory looks fantastic!!!

  • Reply elaine May 15, 2016 at 9:19 am

    It’s gorgeous! Do I see a possible fall KAL….

  • Reply Stefanie May 15, 2016 at 11:02 am

    What great stitch definition this yak yarn has. I wanna pet the knitting.

  • Reply Tina May 15, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Beautiful and the color is perfection!

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple May 16, 2016 at 10:38 am

    goodness, i am swooning over here. LOVE the color, pattern please!!!!

  • Reply zeta (kalianapodi.wordpress.com) May 16, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Haven’t felt yak before but looks so squishy.

  • Reply knittedblissjc May 16, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    so squishy! Looks cozy. Yak is pretty awesome, I agree. And you are right- they turn black yak fiber magenta by bleaching then dying it.

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