Monthly Archives: April 2015

My Daily Spin – Swatching

I spun some more Tussah silk tonight, then swatched the silk yarn I plied a couple of days ago. Swatching simply means knitting a sample, which is called a swatch. It gives me more information about the yarn I created. … Continue reading

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My Daily Spin – What is Tussah Silk, Anyway?

Right now I’m spinning Tussah Silk. What is that? It’s referred to as “wild silk”, as opposed to cultivated, although that is less likely to be true these days. Tussah silk is produced by moth caterpillars from the Antheraea family. … Continue reading

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My Daily Spin – It’s Going to be about Silk for a While

Tonight I plied the small Tussah samples I spun yesterday. I spun at 10:1, plied at 10:1 with around 7-8 treadles per “pull”. Basically the number of treadles acts as a multiplier to the wheel/flyer ratio so you can control … Continue reading

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My Daily Spin – the Silkening

I have been taken by surprise. This is my second day spinning silk to fine singles. Silk is a little tricky, but honestly no more difficult than merino, at least to me. As long as I take it slow, I’m … Continue reading

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My Daily Spin – Silk

I think I need to start blogging every day again about my spinning practice. It helps keep me focused. Also, it helps me pin down details about what I’m doing and gives me a way to look back if I … Continue reading

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