Thursday, May 18, 2006

On Spinning Silk and Heading South to Work

I know I've been quite derelict in posting knitting pictures lately, but I've been doing a lot of spinning lately. Here's a photo of some bamboo silk that I spun on my Bosworth Zebrawood spindle:

I'm actually very, very happy with it. Have two skeins done -- singles, actually, and I don't think I'm going to ply it -- and it looks fabulous. I highly recommend this fiber to ANYONE who can use a hand spindle. Easy to go near-laceweight, too. In fact, I brought my spindle and the rest of the bag with me to Atlanta in the hopes of getting as much done as humanly possible while I'm here so I can do something with it when I get home.

This silk spins like a dream, and it's easily set with a quick dip in some warm water. It does stiffen up a little after soaking, but I've found that a quick hand-snap of the skein really loosens it up and I hear that it softens even more when you start to work with it. Any ideas on what I should do with it? I have 8 oz to spin, and I figure so far I have 100 feet or so. Best part is that I'm nowhere near done, so I should have quite a bit to work with. Leave a comment if you have any ideas.

Bonus points for folks who can figure out why I'm in Atlanta. Watch the news.


jmatthews said...

Haven't a clue why you are in Atlanta. When you say watch the news, do you mean national news?

Wendy said...

I can't believe you spun that on a spindle - I think you deserve a wheel!