Papiput Yarns is run by Amelia Putri, a talented and lovely knitter and yarn-dyer located in Indonesia. Amelia has the title as Indonesia's FIRST yarn-dyer business. She hopes to both share the joys of knitting with her community, as well as introduce the knitting community worldwide to the Indonesian culture! I absolutely love it when brands include their culture in their mission, whether it's sharing it with the knitting community or as a form of preserving traditions (as seen with Moeke Yarns).
Amelia and I have been following each other's work for quite a while, and a few months back, she opened her Etsy shop! It has been such a treat to see her grow and I love following her Instagram feed where she posts daily images of her beautiful and mouth-watering colorways. Gorgeous, gorgeous work.
She sent me a skein of her Silky Merino lace-weight base (50% Silk, 50% Merino), in a special colorway way that we named "Ayu Wahine" (a combination of Japanese and Maori for "Beautiful Woman"). It's obviously a purple+pink colorway. At 766 yards per skein, you can easily knit up a lace shawl just using one skein (which I did!).
The yarn is incredibly soft, silky and smooth, and it has an incredible sheen and shine to it. The color-way is bright and vivid, making for some eye-catching projects!
Ahahahaha, this was anything but a quick knit. Since this was a collaborative piece, I was to design a shawl with this yarn. It was going to be a half-pi shawl, a shape that I was not familiar with (but had been wanting to do for a while), with all-over lace patterns for the separate sections. Let's just say that fear overtook me due to the complexity and sheer size of the task and I held off working on the shawl for a few months, after ripping working out several times and causing a lot of wear and tear on the yarn. I can say that it held up very well to my abuse and didn't break or fuzz up.
However, once I got back to the project and started knitting, while it was still a stressful experience (which had nothing to do with the yarn), I managed to get it done and the yarn worked perfectly with the design. I do recommend using sharp needles when working with yarn, especially if working lace stitches. It makes the knitting experience that much easier and less fussy trying to catch all the stitches.
Lace patterns after blocking always make me happy, since they just open up and bloom so nicely. However this design paired up with Silky Merino Lace is just divine. Light as a feather, soft as a cloud and the drape is just marvelous. It's also super cozy around the neck when worn as a scarf, and the final size makes for a decent sized shawl. I'm super happy with the final results and Amelia's yarn just helped to make it shine (literally!).
Working with Silky Merino Lace for this stressful project was well worth it. It's soft to the touch, has a wonderful sheen, and the stitch definition helps the lace pop out. It provides wonderful drape and warmth. The 50/50 silk and merino content really allows for the best qualities of both fibers, while minimizing the drawbacks of each. Definitely give her yarns a look at and give Indonesia's first hand-dyer a round of applause (buy her stuff!).
What do you think? Have you knit with Papiput yarns? What was your experience like? Leave a comment below!