The yarn felt surprisingly coarse prior to blocking but grew softer after a rinse and a gentle squeeze. However, the color bled all over the white fabric that I used as a surface for blocking. I was glad to know about that property before I gave the hat to the white-blonde friend it was intended for! That would have been a friendship killer. And, yes, the "hot red" has a magenta feel to it. Good for "winters," if you subscribe to the color-me-beautiful seasons aesthetic. It's *not* red, per se.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I wanted to use this red to combine with my Noro Silk Garden sweater in color 302. That contains a vibrant red and I was hoping this Retro red would be a match. While it is still a wonderful yarn, the color is actually a vibrant magenta. I expected that 'hot red' would be more of a very vibrant Christmas red, as the picture showed, but it has a lot of pink going! It is beautiful but unfortunately no match for my project. Will still keep it!
Maybe WEBS could add color descriptions to the image? It helps for those instances where the image may be deceiving!
Alternating with Aya or Chirimen to create designs. Only 2 hanks are needed for a baby sweater or for a pair of anklets. The silk is soft but extemely durable. I handwash all my knitsand hang them to dry. After investing all the time, and knitting witha soft, luxurious treat, one cannot just throw in the machine. After knitting with Noro I just can't go back to knitting with what feels like plastic yarns. Worth evry penny.