This beautiful fibre is a 70% merino, 30% tussah silk blend from Sara’s Texture Crafts on Etsy, in the colourway ‘candy twist’, and was a wonderful Christmas gift from my lovely friend Goddess Jasmine. I had a little play with the fibre before deciding how to spin it. The colours are blended quite closely, so I think the resulting yarn will probably show the resulting colour from the blend, rather than me separating out some of the colours to make a yarn that progresses through the tones of the fibre. The silk contend also adds a slight sheen to the fibre as well as some wonderful strength, so I decided to spin this finer than I usually do to hopefully end up with a 2-ply lace weight yarn.
One of the problems that I have with my own spinning is that I have trouble producing a heavier-weight single ply, but I can spin as fine as you like. As I’m going purposefully quite fine with this yarn for later playing it’s going to take me quite a while to finish it, but it’s something that I do look forward to as I hope to be able to knit the resulting yarn into a summer shawl, in preparation for some better weather in a few months, where hopefully the fine silk threads will catch some of that summer light.
This is the first time I have spun fibre with any silk content in, and every now and again come across a miniscule bobble that is almost like a ‘knot’ of silk. I wondered whether to pick these out or leave them in, but eventually decided upon the latter, occasionally making the very tiniest little ‘slubs’ that you might imagine.
The silk is a wonderful addition and a lovely little treat. Tussah or ‘wild’ silk is particularly interesting as unlike with Bombyx silk moths, which are killed (either by boiling or piercing with a needle) to allow the cocoon to be unravelled in one long strand, Tussah silk is made from cocoons which have already been abandoned by the emerged moth, so the staple length of the fibre is far shorter and the moths are left to go on and produce more silk worms who in turn produce more silk for me to spin.