The silk hankies were quite fun to spin. Very different from drafting wool for sure. More like stretching to size then adding a bit of twist. The results are very pretty. Such a sheen and lovely softness. I got 86 yards of 2-ply yarn (if I include the 16 yard sample, I have just over 100 yards) out of the hankies.
Here are the hankies after they were all drafted out and curled up. One word of caution: the silk fibers cling like crazy--the smallest nick on your hands, fingers or nails will catch the fibers. Also, if you roll up your rovings as I did, be careful uncurling them as they snag into a gnarled mess pretty easily, especially if you're spinning out-of-doors in a breeze. The breeze will carry the silk aloft and it may well tangle up in the process. Ask me how I know!
This is the finished skein, followed by a closer look:
When I went out the door this morning I was greeted with a package. Someone had let the UPS man in. (I sleep late-ish and use ear plugs in the morning hours, so I don't always hear the door bell if it's too early.) It was my order from Wellington Fibres very speedily shipped and delivered. Just put the order in earlier this week! Oooooooooooohhh..... b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l-!-!-! There are several hours of spinning here:
Can you believe all that fibre came in one small little box 11x13.5x7.5 inches? Yes, indeed.
Here are snaps of the fibers up close. Aren't they g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s-!-?
I've already started a bobbin of the turquoise.
Yesterday I found my gift cannas toppled over. Blown over by the high winds the night before. In addition to taking a lie down, it had also opened some blossoms. Beautiful, bright red ones:
Thank you, crafty1!! :)