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Monday, July 17, 2006

Silk Caps

I started playing with some silk caps this weekend. I got some from The Silkworker around Christmas time (she doesn't normally carry them), but hadn't done more than Oooh and Ahhh over them. There's a really great article on how to spin silk hankies from Knitty a while back that was like a lightbulb for me for spinning these. I knew people did it, and I loved how hankies and caps (they are essentially the same thing, just different shapes) looked, but I didn't know how to spin them or even prepare them for spinning until I read the article. Doing the predrafting for the caps is great TV time and then spinning goes really fast. The colors aren't showing up really well in the photo, but these caps are blue, teal, and a cinnamon brown with a tiny bit of pinky purples. The yarn you get with silk caps is more textured than what you'd get with silk top but I think it will be really interesting once its finished.


Blogger Alison said...

I hate how pictures never really capture the beauty of yarn or roving, but the picture is gorgeous, so I can just imagine it being so much more in person.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Christine The Cheeky Red Head said...

Your yarn is great. I love The Silk Worker. Have you tried the silk from Chaseing Rainbow Dyeworks (featured on Knitty as well)?

4:53 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Thanks for the great tip on the article on Knitty. I wouldn't think to look there for spinning information. Your silk is coming out just beautifully.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to use 2 silk caps to create a lined shawl. I have been told that you cut them open and then overstich so that the thread holds - plse can you help?

12:41 AM  

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