Sunday, October 28, 2012

Spinning Seafoam Silk

I dyed my own silk hankies, and now it is time to spin it!  This is my second attempt spinning silk hankies and   I forgot how easy it could be!

I started out dyeing 1 ⅛ oz (31 g) because I wanted enough yardage to make a whole project with.  I calculated the yardage/weight from my first silk hankie spinning attempt, which is how I arrived at this number.

This silk made my spindle a little sticky.  I'm hoping that I'll be able to wash this off.  I'd read that some silk can be gummy a bit, and that can make it difficult for the fiber to take dye.  These hankies took all of the dye that I added, but are still a bit less smooth than the pre-dyed hankies I purchased from knitpicks.

The pictures are making the yarn look more of a teal when it is a blue with only a hint of green.  There is great depth of color, and I am really excited to knit a project with this yarn.  How much did I end up with?  329 wraps * 4 ft/wrap = 1316 feet = 438 yards. 

I recently purchased a WPI (wraps per inch) tool so I could get a better estimate on the yarn weight was creating.  This yarn has is ~35 wpi which makes it clearly lace weight.

I decided to call this yarn seafoam silk.  I love how stunning it looks wrapped up in a skein.  What do you think I should make with it?


  1. Wow! That looks gorgeous! No idea what to make with it though, maybe a pair of socks? Not really sure what you can do with lace-weight, other than shawls. I'm sure that whatever you do make, it'll be lovely :)

  2. WOW. That is definitely one of the most beautiful skeins of handspun I have ever seen, you spun it so perfectly! Hmmmm could you knit it together with something else? Or try maybe a shawl or scarf or something?

    1. I'm thinking about doing a shawl, I should have enough yardage.

      Silk is really easy to spin. It sticks to itself well and the fibers are so long it is easy to get really thin. There are definitely errors and bumps. If you look closely you can tell it is handspun!

  3. a silk shawl would be just the thing.if you like knitting lace,so much the better.or a lightweight scarf or cowl,but with the yardage you have,you could get both a scarf and a cowl out of that.lace,of course.whatever you decide to make with it,it will certainly be beautiful!

  4. Lovely lovely work!!! If i was a lace knitter, I'd have to knit a lace cowl with it

  5. What a pretty color! The only thing I can think to make would be a shawl or wrap. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  6. Thank you everyone for responding! I think the consensus is some kind of shawl or wrap... Any pattern suggestions?

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