Thursday, February 16, 2012

A little hanky panky and mowing in February...

I know what your first thought was.

Don't deny is Valentine's week after all.

However, I am sorry to disappoint you, but this post has less to do with panky and more to do with hanky.

Silk hankies to be precise.

At first, fear kept me from trying one.  But in the end, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

First, for the non-fibery folk, a silk hanky (or a Muwata) is a square piece of fabric-y looking stuff that is simply silk cocoons that have been stretched over a square frame and layered and layered and layered with more and more.  If a silk hanky was a pastry, it would be the ultimate in tender, flaky deliciousness. 

They can be purchased in blank undyed form, or you can save yourself the hassle and get them all ready to go in purty colors.  If you have the time and desire, you can also purchase cocoons and do your own stretching, and I am quite sure that if you wanted to be the ever-loving overachiever, you could raise your own silk worms.  Quite frankly, that idea scares me and makes me mutter "It puts the lotion on its skin"  (yes, I know they are not the same buggy thing, but you get the idea).

Once you have one of these lovelies in your hands and you resist the urge to blow your nose, you get to verrrrrrry carefully start pulling layers (or single cocoons) apart  to spin with.  At this point, it is important to note that some cats like to try to eat the drafted fiber and some cats like to sit on it.

Once kitties have been shooed away...

...the spinning.  Oooooooh, the spinning...

Meanwhile, helpful kitties decided that the cilantro seedlings needed to be mowed down...


  1. That silk looks awesome! And the poor cilantro....did you figure out who did the mowing?

    1. short of smelling their breath, no :(

  2. I've had a very hard time spinning from the hankies. I've dyed them but they end up being a mess on my bobbin. Good for you getting it.

  3. Beautyful colour and spinning, it gone to be a great yarn.

  4. I'm drooling! Gorgeous.

    And those naughty kitties!



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