42) Blue silk, all spun up

Another 'proud FO' – my blue silk is all spun up!


(My photography skills have not yet magically improved.  I cannot do this yarn justice, but if you click for big, you'll get a better idea).

This is about 120g of silk, dyed by Silksacks (i.e. not me!), and spun up to a sort of heavy lace/light fingering weight. (around 25wpi?)


I managed about 900m out of the one brick; I put it back through the wheel once I'd finished plying to tighten up the ply twist, and it looks much better for it (wish I'd taken before and afters.  Oh, well – never mind!).  The yarn feels heavy and fluid, not limp, and not wiry at all, the way silk can if it's over-twisted.

Some of this stuff was a dream to spin, and some was not.  I will be interested to see how my second brick spins up; it is a much less saturated colour, and silk is known to become 'clumpy' in reaction to certain dyes.

I plan to knit the Peacock Feathers shawl with this yarn.  That has been my intention from the moment I bought this fibre, well over two years ago.  Although I haven't quite achieved the yardage 'required' by the pattern, I'm happy with what I've got (and I wear smaller shawls more often anyway).  I honestly feel I've managed to spin a yarn which will do this stunning pattern justice, and I'm really, really excited to get started – but first I need to finish Basil (my sweater-in-two-weeks, maybe), and really, if I'm going to keep my Monogamous Knitter status at all intact, I really ought to finish the Nightingale Wing.

Can I keep my resolve intact?  My only hope is to Knit Faster!

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