Help!

I need somebody!

…to tell me what I should do with this. It’s really beautiful and I don’t want to screw it up!

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This is, (be still my beating heart), about 2 and a half ounces of mulberry silk in colorway “Fruitcakes” from Enchanted Knoll Farm.Β The colors are really gorgeous, and the way it feels is just impossible to describe. It’s buttery soft, and smooth, and lovely, and all I want to do is cuddle it forever. The color palette isn’t at all what I’d normally go for, but it stole my heart in the most unreasonable way, and after standing and petting it for a while, I realized that I couldn’t put it down and had to buy it. It was that or steal it, and the lady who owns Enchanted Knoll was so nice that I would’ve felt really bad about it.

My problem is this. The colors are perfect and I love them. However, I think if I ply this against itself, there will be a tendency for them to get muddy. They are so vibrant and rich that that would be such a shame! I could Navajo ply, but that just eats yardage for breakfast, and it’s already a little on the wee side. I could do a singles yarn, but I don’t know if that would work? I’ve never left my singles that way, and I’m worried that the silk would be too delicate for such a treatment. It would maximize my yardage, but can you even spin a single on a drop spindle? I feel so dreadfully ignorant >.<

I want something soft and pretty to wrap around my neck, and depending on yardage I’m thinking either a cowl or a little triangular lace scarf. I need ideas that won’t get totally swallowed by the colors in this. What do you think friends?

P.S. I get to start this because I finished something else. So there.

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5 Comments

  1. needleandspindle

    it is very beautiful I agree. I think singles are definitely the way to go. singles for lace can be really effective because they retain a certain amount of energy from the twist. this can have interesting effects on the lace. if you are worried about the strength of the singles, you could full them. check out the recent knittyspin.com for different methods of finishing.

    • Thank you! I like hearing from people who have been spinning for longer. I only learned this spring, and I think that there’s a lot of stuff that I just don’t know, and would rather not figure out the hard way with something so nice.

  2. ashlityre

    Single are great- but sometimes your finished object will not stand the test of time.

    Other ideas:
    Spin the roving into a fine single, then ply it against a coordinating solid color single. This will preserve the color changes, make the fiber go further, and it will be stronger. Might I suggest white mulberry silk?

    Another option: learn the Navajo three ply technique. It is great for preserving color changes, it wears very well, but it will result in less overall yardage.

    • I think I’m going to try plying with white. It turns out that there’s actually a lot of white in the fiber, and so despite how vibrant it looks in the roving, I think it won’t be too dramatic if I do that. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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