Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Silky as silk

100% pure Tussah silk
This is how the fibers are looking right off the bag, nice and soft sliver.

This is how it looks while spinning.
It's really not looking much like silk with all that fuzz, so I was a little nervous at this point.
Then I plied it, washed it.

I got this result.
The skein is very soft with a nice shine still a little fuzzy to my taste, about 100 grams, 400 yards.

Still it is very nice, I will spin what I got but I guess I'll have to go with bombyx/mulberry to get the results I really want.  Anyways it was a fun experiment I will probably dye some later when the weather will warm up, I can't open any windows at the moment.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Great photographer

If you like wool then you might love these.
photos by Ian Lawson

The first, the fourth and the last are my favorites.
Tell me your favorites.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Even more Merino/silk

Dawson from Ashford.
I like this colour blend it gives a heathery denim yarn.

This is how the sliver looks like.

This is the 2 ply yarn resulting from that sliver.

First skein, 250 grams/662 yards.

Skein #2 250 grams/642 yards.
Skein #3 250 grams/400 yards
Skein #4 250 grams/586 yards
Here they are all together.

A beautiful pile of very soft yarn.  It's been keeping me busy, it's really worth the resulting yarn I think this is absolutely lovely.