Well, I have to admit that the Debbie Bliss Pure Silk is very pretty when knit up. It's odd to work with because it's so slippery; I often felt as if the stitches I was working on were very loose, and yet the stockinette sections turned out to be very uniform--thanks to the slick yarn correcting its own tension, is my theory.
I think the bead stitch at the bottom flows nicely into the Four Sisters motif, and the little cicatrice near the left top is my idea for a shaping device; although I haven't decided exactly where the columns of Four Sisters should go on this pullover (arms yes, but sides too? Or back?), I have decided that I want to accomplish most of the shaping with changes in stitch patterns, so I needed a dense stitch pattern that plays well with the others. (Not shown: the picot hem swatch I tried--didn't really like it with this yarn or the other stitch patterns).
Yet...the yarn seemed to fuzz quite a bit; could this be a good thing, a mohair-like halo? Or will it progress to pills? I also found the fabric to be light, perhaps too much so. So I tried holding two strands together for the second swatch, and while I like the weight of this fabric, and the stitch pattern stands out nicely, just thinking about winding all the yarn that would be required to make a sweater with two strands...plus, I think this weight silk would be extremely warm, and since I don't really picture it as the kind of sweater you'd wear ice skating, or around a drafty house in the winter, or standing on the sidelines of the kid's soccer game in November....
Next: Euroflax Sport Weight. Machine washable AND dryable!