Looking through my yarn photos of 2011, I was shocked to discover this skein of yarn I finished on Saturday is the first yarn I've made this year. How can it be? We're halfway through March already. Bad spinner. Lazy spinner.
Started: October 2010.
Finished: March 2011.
Yardage: 367 yds--4 oz.
Fiber Content: 50% Merino wool, 50% silk.
Weight: DK weight. 2-ply.
Notes: Silk is a mysterious textile. Because silk is so lustrous, so seemingly smooth, so um, silky, that you'd think the fibers would glide through your fingers with just a gentle flick of the wrist. Think again. Silk has the tendency to cling to every craggy nook of your epidermis. You think your skin is soft? It's not. This roving was quite frustrating for me to spin until I discovered a game-changing magic ingredient: cocoa butter. The lotion provided a filmy barrier between my rough winter skin and the flyaway silk, taming the fiber into a more consistent spin. Whew. After the introduction of the lubricant (about a quarter of the way through bobbin number two, unfortunately), I felt I could finally ease into the project. I also let the singles sit--each of them, at different times--for at least a month a piece, which is not normal. I do prefer to let freshly spun yarn rest for at least 24 hours before plying (to alleviate a bit of the singles' energy), but in this particular circumstance, I only left them so long because lately, I just haven't given spinning very much brain space.
I've been saving that for picking out spring yarns. Silks? They're definitely on the list.