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Light and airy Valley Yarns Southampton is a plush and super-soft blend of mohair and silk with a fabulous halo! Southampton can be worked at multiple gauges and with one to three strands, for fabrics ranging from lacy and open to more dense. Even lacy shawls are warm when made in this yarn, which comes in spectacular solid colors that seem to glow. Made in South Africa
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- Compares To Kidsilk Haze
- Colors Shown Not Same
- Shawls Modern Wrapper
Since I'm the first, I'll add some detail.
I purchased one each of 8 colors to see in person what was what. (I'll always be able to use them.)
The fiber content is close to my absolute favorite Kidsilk Haze, just a touch more silk at 28%. This is Kid Mohair, KSH is 'super' kid mohair, as is my other fav, Debbie Bliss Angel. Of the three DB Angel is still the softest and hairiest (in a good way) with a more limited color range than KSH, but very good. KSH is very soft, a little sparser with wonderfully complex colors.
Southampton feels closer to yearling/adult --let's call it young adult mohair. It is soft but not the utter delight that is Angel.
Pluses: its core seems to blend in more than KSH, which can have almost white strands in its medium to pale colors.
And if you like to add a little mohair to lightweight yarns and knit at DK even worsted or bulky gauges, or want to knit something soft & lightweight, the price is AMAZING for big projects.
Cons: Besides the somewhat less soft texture, I find most of the 8 colors in person consistently brighter, more vivid, and less complex than pictured in the listing for it.
Peony is just baby pink not pinky beige. Enchanted is a nice soft lavender shade with well-matched core. Slate blue is indeed a lovely gray blue. Dark lilac has a bright pinkish purple core I like, but it does stand out a bit as an odd also-color. Spring purple is a great color if you like cool lavenders, like Dewberry only a touch grayer. It also has an opalescent core. Silver spring is a flat, warm-toned light gray/platinum, same core color just shinier. Blue jean is medium fade indigo, core shinier/paler blue. If you go in for gradient knits, #16, 8, 7 work well in the purple family. Pewter, 19 and 18 in gray range.
All in all, this is an economical alternate for pricier kid mohair yarns and, unless you're extremely sensitive, you'll find this pretty comparable for lots of purposes/patterns, esp. Rowan knitting patterns.