December 21: Hello Old Friend

Placing Silky Wool back on our shelves is like welcoming an old friend back to the shop. Swedish designer Elsebeth Lavold took the knitting world by storm in the early 00’s, with her release of Viking Knits followed by her signature yarn, Silky Wool.
Naturally SWAK was quick to jump on the Viking train back then. Shortly thereafter scarf-mania took over, and classic yarns were squeezed off the shelf by the explosion of crazy novelty yarns.
Silky Wool
Fast forward to 2016. Perhaps I was feeling nostalgic, after all mom always loved Silky Wool. Either way the return of Silky Wool was long overdue.
This lightweight silk/wool blend works up at a wide range of gauges . Its great stitch definition is perfect for for intricate cable patterns, fair isle, and much more. Most important of all – it is very soft!elsebeth5 elsebeth6
Elsebeth Lavold is a master designer, with a timeless and classic style.
greensweaterI knit this classic cardigan when Elsebeth’s first book came out, with a short-rowed cable that was wickedly cool to knit.
It was before her Silky Wool debuted, and I used a green cashmere. I have no clue what happened to that sweater. Probably sold it off in the old sample pile for next to nothing. Wouldn’t fit me now anyway.
Silky Wool
Elsebeth’s collection of designs is wide ranging. These are just a few of the garments and accessories that she has designed for this yarn.
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Viking Knits
I think every knitter should have a Elsebeth Lavold design book in their collection, so I am giving away a copy of The Viking Knits Collection to one lucky winner today.
Simply comment with what kind of project you’d like to make with Silky Wool. Another cabled sweater is calling my name. You have until midnight tonight, and I’ll randomly select one lucky winner.
Silky Wool


  • Linda Weston

    21.12.2016 at 07:09 Reply

    No need to enter me in the drawing, since a Ravelry check shows the patterns stop at XL, while I do not. 😉
    I have never made a top for myself because of the extra expense involved in buying plus-sized quantities of yarn. So I would probably made myself something luscious to go around my neck or shoulders, or some awesomely warm fingerless mitts.
    P.S. Ravelry has well over 17,000 projects made with Silky Wool! So I’m excited to meet this yarn next visit to SWAK.

  • Jennifer

    21.12.2016 at 08:52 Reply

    Definitely a cardigan or sweater!!

  • Mary

    21.12.2016 at 09:03 Reply

    My short attention span would suggest a cowl or scarf but the optimist says a cardigan.

  • Evelyn Norvelle

    21.12.2016 at 09:09 Reply

    Oh Keely I love those patterns. I have several great granddaughters that must have the little coat. Of course, I love all of her patterns.

  • Jenny

    21.12.2016 at 09:42 Reply

    I am with Mary. I would love to make a cardigan, but a cowl is more likely to happen.

  • Anita Roesler

    21.12.2016 at 10:33 Reply

    I made the Kudzu Shawl of Silky wool. It was beautiful. I think a cocoon wrap would be nice made of it.

    • Linda Weston

      22.12.2016 at 06:19 Reply

      What a pretty pattern, Anita! It’s in my Ravelry library now. 🙂

  • Edwyna Honderich

    21.12.2016 at 10:44 Reply

    It would have to be a cardigan sweater for me.

    • knorthup

      22.12.2016 at 10:04 Reply

      Congratulations Edwyna! You’re the winner. I have your Viking Knits book aside for you. Please pick up your prize by January 31, or they will be put back in the prize hopper

  • Shawndalynn

    21.12.2016 at 11:09 Reply

    Oh a little girl sweater or cardigan if I start it right away for a five year old by the time it is done it may still fit and I will finally be super aunt!

  • Heidi Yost

    21.12.2016 at 11:49 Reply

    For me, I want to knit the green sweater shown above. I love the pattern and the shade of green it is done in would go so well with my eyes. Her yarn is wonderful to knit. I’m looking forward to coming to the shop to check out the Silky Wool and some of the other new yarns.

  • Jenna

    21.12.2016 at 15:52 Reply

    I like the forest green tunic sweater for me, but I really love the light blue sweater with the cape on the shoulders for Elise. I will definitely look for this book in the store, even if my skills aren’t up there yet – I’ll save it for the future.

  • Donna miller

    21.12.2016 at 15:52 Reply

    I think a vest of this lovely yarn.

  • Judy Smuth

    21.12.2016 at 17:55 Reply

    Anything in the book. I especially like the sleeveless top.

  • Lori

    21.12.2016 at 19:43 Reply

    I have been making cowls lately and would love some fresh ideas! I’m not sure I have the patience to make a sweater But I would love to try anything to help master cables – I started one scarf and have yet to finish it. This yarn looks stunning and I would enjoy trying it out on a new project!

  • Renee

    21.12.2016 at 19:53 Reply

    I’ve been wanting to try this yarn. I love making shawls. From the book, the boy’s sweater looks like a good gift for a grand-nephew.

  • Betty Schlotthauer

    21.12.2016 at 20:20 Reply

    The Liv, v-neck pullover is lovely. The next decision would be dark blue or purple?

  • Carolyne

    21.12.2016 at 22:34 Reply

    I think French Cancan shawl would look lovely in this yarn!

    • Linda Weston

      22.12.2016 at 06:22 Reply

      How fun to see that a fellow SWAK sister likes the the French Cancan shawl! It’s in my Ravelry projects, but has been pushed into hibernation by some gift knitting.

  • Melissa

    21.12.2016 at 23:00 Reply

    I would want to copy a shawl I saw years ago, “Wisdom Wrap” made in several colors of Silky Wool – all garter stitch and it was lovely!

  • Patricia Riden

    21.12.2016 at 23:34 Reply

    I would make that stunning wrap – maybe even in a bold color!

  • Pattye McAbee

    22.12.2016 at 07:09 Reply

    If I had lots of time/money, I would do a cardigan with lots of cables!!!

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