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2. September 2009 07:30
by Jobo

Fiber Candy! Silk and Shine Tussah Silk Roving

2. September 2009 07:30 by Jobo | 3 Comments

I figured it's about time for another gratuitous PRETTY Fiber post!

This is a litle something I found on Etsy and couldn't say no... 100% Tussah Silk in the colours of Delphiniums (I think the Seller called it "Sky, but in person it is more deeper blues and purples, and less sky blue, though it is in there!)

Of course, I tend to have problems with new fibers in deciding what quantity of product would be appropriate to make a project.  The listing was for 1 ounce... which sounds too small to do anything with?  I haven't really worked with any "commercial" silk yarns (they don't sell those at Wallymart or Zellers I'm afraid...)  When questionned the kind lady (enabler) at Silk and Shine volunteered that she had only listed one lot, but had a whole bunch of this for sale, sigh.  So I ordered 4 hanks like a good little fiber junkie - which now looks like a ton.  Maybe I have enough to do 2 projects with?  who knows?  :)

I plan on making something really light and flowy out of this blue and purple yumminess.  I really enjoy that Silk fibers are so long and strong and make such beautiful thin smooth shiny threads... I might even do this one on my spindle.  We have some travelling coming up, and I think this might make the perfect travel companion.   (And of course socks for the plane.  Always socks for the plane)

So there you have it... yarnspiration for all :)  Now where'd I put that spindle... ....

6. July 2009 18:51
by Jobo

Finished... Camel / Tussah Silk Blend yarn

6. July 2009 18:51 by Jobo | 1 Comments

As part of my adventure participating in my first Tour de Fleece one of my goals was to finish spinning this: 

A deliciously soft and creamy 50 : 50 Blend of Tussah Silk and Camel!

I had picked this up while Honeymooning in New Brunswick the end of June, and simply could not wait to dig in... so I worked my way through it a little bit at a time (literally a handful here and there) and to be honest I'm a little sad that it's all spun up... 4 ounces was definetly not enough he he...

Here are the finished Stats:

I managed to spin up 2 x 2 ounce bobbins of singles about as thin and even as I ever have.  The silk really added a lot of strength to the fluffy camel down and really allowed me to go thinner than I'm used to.  Even though the single was fine, it felt solid and strong.  

Then I plied the two strands together.  I thought for sure that I would be able to fit the whole thing on one bobbin - I must have been crazy!  I probably got 3/4 of the fiber on the bobbin, but in the end had to give in and start a new one.  I hate tying in ends, so that was my main reason for the bobbin gluttony and trying to squeeze an excess on there in the first place.  I guess this is all the more motivation for me to go and order that lace kit and the jumbo bobbins for my Traveller... sigh.  I'd love to have those items but was trying to hold off as long as possible because of the cost associated.

thats a freaking full bobbin... and I still put a bunch more on there before I gave up and started a second!

From there I took a moment to breathe (as one wise raveller put it:  "was the rest for the singles? or for you?") and used my new fangled handy-dandy homemade WPI gauge to measure my yarn - averaging approximately 23-24 WPI.  I also counted the wraps on my niddy noddy while skeining to get an idea at yardage.  I know my NN gives about 5 feet per wrap, had 330 wraps - approximately 1600 feet or 550 yards of yarn.  So this places my yarn at a lace weight, and I think I have enough to make a really nice scarf or something.  

thats one big fatty of a skein!

The feel of this yarn is out of this world!  It's silky and smooth, but light also.  The camel gave it lots of squish and bounce, but still feels like silk too.  I think this will be really fun to work with.  I'm half thinking of waiting to use this until I have designed something decent and original of my own... since it would be a shame to waste this on any old mundane thing.  I will have to keep hunting for the perfect pattern in the mean time...  Anyone have any suggestions?

a close up (yarn pr0n! gotta love it)

and starting tomorrow to continue the Tour de Fleece... I plan on doing some carding.  I have a bunch of blendables that I think should be in a batt together:

     White Superfine Merino

     Cream Soy Silk

     Snow White Bamboo Fiber

     White and Fawn Angora

Happy Spinning everyone :)


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