Originally Posted by Holdfast
I'm not a big fan of knits; I actually don't much like the degree of openness to the weave and the crunchiness that others adore. The widely-available square-end versions are really quite casual looking too. I wear them occasionally, but only when I really feel I need their texture.
On the other had, I really love grenadines. The feel of them is totally different a knit, despite a vague visual similarity. They're soft, and tie a lovely knot. Where the silk knit is "crunchy" and rough, the grenadine feels smooth and luxurious.
I like Drakes for them, in their 8cm width.
I love greandines too, and I think the Drake grenadines are really nice, but I have a question. Other than supporting your national economy, and the waiting time for custom work if that is an issue, why would one purchase a grenadine from Drakes when you could purchase the same fabric from David Hober and have it custom made to your specifications, for half the price? I have many of David's grenadines and I even have one Drakes. David's are better.