Today’s Sunday experiment is still following the theme of making fibre to knit with, but this one requires absolutely no spinning whatsoever.
This week I’m going to try pulling then knitting unspun silk from silk hankies. It’s something I’d read about sometime ago and always wanted to try, but had been slightly dubious about whether or not it would work.
The results have however been fantastic I would thoroughly advise anyone to give it a go!!
I purchased my silk hankies from hilltop cloud , the same place I bought my diz, and they arrive looking like this
As you can see these are not the sort of hankies you blow your nose with, but are in fact silk cocoons that have been stretched to make this square shape.
At the edge of the stack you can see lots of individual layers
When you prise one of these layers off of the block you end up with a gossamer thin piece of silk that looks like this
This is the piece you need to work with. Now this next bit is my own interpretation of how to do this, there may be other ways to do it but I’ve found this the most effective.
What I do is take the middle of the hankie and pull it up into a cone like shape, and then start to draft out the fibre to knit with
This part really hurts your hands as the silk is so strong but is so very worth it for the gorgeous results.
Continue drafting till you have enough to work with, then start casting on your knitting.
I chose to make a pair of mittens out of mine ,as I read about someone else making gloves with this method, and they sounded a bit luxurious. I didn’t draft the entire hankie to begin with but just knitted till I ran out of pulled fibre and then drafted some more
When one hankie runs you just prise off another one and start the process over.
As the weather has turned a bit on the stormy side at the moment these gloves are going to be just perfect. The silk is so soft and keeps you warm and dry.
It does tend to catch a bit when you are knitting it up and also once it’s knitted, but this hardly seems to matter when wearing these silky soft gloves!
That’s all from the Sunday experiments for this year. I’ll be back shortly with some last minute finishing of projects and a new free pattern, as well as starting some things off for next years projects. Until then I hope you all enjoy happy festivities of the year xxxx