Spinning FO: Spindle Spun Silk

I’ve been spinning a silk hankie on my spindle. It’s a lot of fun, even when I get snared by stray silk threads. You pull off layer after layer and there’s still more. A lot more. Plied most of what I’d spun, though I lost some in a tangled glob possibly due to the ballwinder. Maybe I’ll try proper Andean plying next time. My plan was to make a small cloth for cleaning my glasses, something I could casually pull out of my handbag and say "Oh this? It’s silk, I spun it myself." I’m not much of a silk person. Cotton and denim mostly, but this is something special:

Knitted silk.

2 ply silk of varying thickness, knit on size 5 needles with a moss stitch border, roughly five inches square. A little more to spin and it’s finished. I am ridiculously pleased with this. It’s soft, shiny, a little bumpy, and the colours are wonderful, especially the green. I had no idea there would be so much leftover though, what else can I make with this?

Update 4:40pm

Andean plying rocks! Used these instructions and plied every last bit of what I’d spun, no waste at all. The singles stuck together, so I had to stop and untangle a few times. I think it’s enought to finish the cloth.


  1. It’s beautiful!! I can’t think of what else to make… another hanky? A hair tie? A thumb warmer? 🙂

  2. Knitting with handspun. Sigh! I aspire to that. 🙂 The hanky spinning looks like lots of fun, at least in the one Knitty article I read. Am I correct in thinking that you don’t really draft the silk while you spin because it’s essentially 100% predrafted from when you made the hole in the hanky and pulled on it?

  3. I read the same Knitty article (and got my hankie from the same place as them), I’d say it’s about 90% predrafted, I run into thick bits as I go. Or maybe I’m just impatient!

  4. Ali:

    Did you change your e-mail address? I sent you a note today RE: my new address and it bounced back.

    Gorgeous handspun, BTW 🙂


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