Dance is one of my most favourite yarns that I dye, but I haven't mentioned it much on the blog until now. It has made a few quiet appearances in my Etsy shop, but the person who holds most of the stock is Affinity Yarns. And, this month, Affinity Yarns are giving away a skein of Dance to one lucky winner! Go see how you can win (I'll wait...)
Dance is a sock weight/4-ply yarn in a decadent mix of 55% Bluefaced Leicester (superwash) and 45% Silk. It has a wonderful, soft lustre without being completely in-your-face with the shiny, and it takes colour amazingly well. Scarily well, you could say.
(By the way, if you haven't met Bluefaced Leicester (or BFL) wool yet, you're in for a treat. It's a wonderful, slightly shiny long-stapled wool that is so, so soft. Some of my favourite spinning experiences have been BFL).
Because of the high percentage of silk in Dance, fabrics knit up from it have quite a heavy, drapey hand. It does have some memory and 'spring', but not as much as you'd get from a pure wool. Because of this, it blocks beautifully for fingering weight shawls, and I am absolutely itching to knit a cardigan in it: the swing would be divine! Perhaps for springtime, eh?
And yes! This is a sockweight yarn. But you will get best results if you pick stitch patterns with built in elasticity if you want to knit socks in this yarn; that silk content makes for drape, shine, warmth and beauty- but not bounce. Plain stockinette socks in Dance will probably slump - but there are plenty of more complex patterns out there to set your needles dancing!