Happy Monday everyone.
Well, I'm going to have to call this one a learning experience...
I finished spinning my merino and tussah silk braid. This was my first spin ever with silk content.
First lesson: when spinning with silk, add more twist.
I thought I did add more twist. I increased my whorl ratio and was conscious to try to add more twist to my single but when I plied I had several episodes where the single drifted apart. Overall, I was happy with my ability to reattach the single and continue to chain play but I suspect when I knit it up there are going to be bits that are a hot mess.
Second lesson: It is ok if your skein seems a bit overplied when you are done.
I was worried about how much energy was still in the skein when I finished plying. Not only did the entire skein have a bit of a twist but I could see parts where the individual strands of yarn were twisting back on themselves. What a difference a good washing and thwacking can make! Now it looks really balanced.
Third lesson: Rinse quickly if the dye runs.
|here is some of the original fibre again the yarn after washing|
Would that have helped?
I wish I had a picture of the skein before I washed it. I chain plied to preserve the gradient of colours that started with a sunshine yellow, became orange, and ended up strawberry pink. Well, the water in the sink looked like Orange Crush by the time I finished washing the yarn and now the whole skein is a muted orangey-yellow that transitions to orangey-pink. Sniff
I don't actually know how I could have prevented this.
The end result is still very pretty and kind of reminds me of rainbow sherbet : )