Oh my. She is lovely.
We unpacked her Friday night and Lucy investigated. (The Lazy Kate did not come with Katarina, but just happened to be there.)
It took us less than an hour to assemble her — really no problems, although the instructions were a bit vague here and there. But we got her together, and Lucy introduced herself.
I didn’t actually get a chance to try her out until this afternoon. I watched the video that came with her, which enlightened me as to threading the leader and adjusting the tension. Before long, we were humming along.
I had the tension a little wacky at first, but managed to produce this from my “practice” wool:
As you can see, I figured out how to ply my singles.
I guess I must have known how to spin in a previous life. It seems very natural to me, and a lot of fun! Here are some singles I just spun from some more practice wool:
I think Katarina and I are going to have years of fun together!
How Do You Spin From a Silk Cap?
Someone asked me that question last week, though I can’t remember who.
Each cap is made up of a number of layers. I believe each layer is a silkworm cocoon, which is stretched over a bell-shaped form.
You take the cap and peel off a layer which is one cocoon. I found it easiest to peel the layer from the middle of the cap and gently pull it out. Poke a hole in the middle of the layer and stretch it out into a large circle. It will reach a point where you can pull it apart to make a long rope of silk. You can then draft the silk into roving that is ready to spin.
Here is a layer next to one that I’ve drafted. Cool, huh?
How I Really Learned to Spin
This is one of the photos L-B took at the Knitters Review Retreat.
I am spinning with my drop spindle, while leaning over to drink from my margarita. A learning method I highly recommend.