Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Pass the Soap

%&^@(# = spinning silk = pass the soap. This is some gorgeous Tussah Silk in Raspberry Swirl I purchased from Franquemont Fibers last year some time. In real life I think it has a little more coral to it, but it could be wishful thinking on my part.


What's the best soap for a good mouth washing? No lava please.

11 comments:

sweetpea16 said...

Oh boy, your very courageous... I'm not even going to touch the silk hankies I have in my stash with a 10-foot pole before I've spun yarn for a sweater :) I have some merino tencel that I find very slippery, so I can't imagine what pure silk feels like. The only tip I can give you is to give your hands a good scrubbing (as in a scrub to remove dead skin) as the silk will catch on any little thing it can...
Cheers Eva

Alpaca Granny said...

Peggy, it looks lovely. My advice is don't be in a hurry....and mutter softly.
Maple

June said...

Ohh, your a glutton or punishment! I tried it once, but got no where fast. Good luck with this, I'll be so interested in your finished yarn!

Pam said...

smooth as silk they say, Take your time and you'll really like the end product. Good luck and Keep us posted.

hkangora said...

Hi Peggy.

Looking great, so I assume that you have worked out how to spin silk.

happy spinning :o)

Courtney the Knitting Goddess said...

goatsmilk soap, of course! Because after you're done washing your mouth out with it, your hands will be soft and ready to spin more silk. ;-)

I found the only thing that helps me spin silk is to do a thorough hangnail check, re-buff my nails to make sure there are no snaggy bits, and keep putting on a nice shea-butter moisturizer (L'Occitane is my personal fave). Good luck!

Roseann said...

That roving is gorgeous!!! Your spinning looks wonderful, do you feel like you have the hang of it? Isn't is sweet to spin silk? I can't wait to see it plied, it will surely be stunning.
I should let you know that I find I often need to add more twist to my plied silk after the first time I ply it. It seem to loosen up a little after I wash it, but, your mileage may vary.

Opal said...

Are you sure you don't want any lava? Because I can get some fresh. ;-)

GailR said...

I recommend Castile soap. The taste isn't too bad.

Sugar or salt rubs on the hands helps a bit. Also, if you have some raw wool (with the grease still in it), work with that then switch to the silk. Also Neutrogena Intensive formula (Fisherman's formula) works well.
Good Luck but enjoy the spinning!

Traci said...

It's gorgeous. There is a woman in our spinning group who spins silk all the time. Then again she is a super spinner.
Good luck!

Peggy said...

wow. You are one brave lady.