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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Mama taught me not to spit!

Worms obviously aren't taught this important part of etiquette. I have been plying for 5 hours and I'm still not done! This was only about 2 ounces of silk. I am in awe of the spitting ability of the little worms. I am a little afraid of how many yards of silk laceweight yarn I'll have when I'm finished. I don't want to throw out my arm winding it all off on the niddy noddy later - I mean, the Olympics start tomorrow. I do plan to finish it today and I do plan to wind it off and set the twist (I'll update the blog with the exact yardage once I have it), but I will be careful. I have a plan for my Olympic knitting and if I get a silk related injury, it will throw the whole plan off. Yes, its a typed up plan with a goal for each day, complete with a place to check off if I finished that goal (obsessive compulsive - who, me?) On the plus side, I am loving that the plying isn't messing up the colors or making the yarn go blah. It has kept its personality and even looks like it will still be a bit stripey. This yarn reminds me of one of Kaffe Fasset's striped fabrics. I've got to get back to the wheel now and finish plying this. Check back later and I'll update with total yardage!

UPDATE: I got 724 yards of two ply from the 2 ounces of silk. I guess it took so long because I put so much twist in the singles, I had to put a lot of twist in the plying.


Blogger Pumpkinmama said...

Wow! That is some pretty yarn. A see a big silk shawl in your future....

11:36 AM  
Blogger Rosa said...

That looks amazing. I have checked out the Silk Worker's site. Amazing stuff, but it is even better as a product. Can't wait to see the completed skein. Thanks for sharing because I've been waiting for this progress.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

What beautiful colors! Have you decided what you'll knit with it?

7:16 PM  
Blogger natasha said...

i think it is time for you to get a skeinwinder, no? i have one called the mamabear from theoreganwoodworker that folds down into a little bag that they give you and can be used both to wind skeins, or to hold your yarn while you wind it into a ball. and your skeins will look like a pro made em.

kudos to you for that silk yarn. gorgeous! and is that a lendrum you are spinning on? so jealous! don't let my louet hear me, though.

11:16 PM  

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