Posted by Peg in South Carolina
Laura recently posted a piece called Skeins that is relevant to my ongoing struggles with 60/2 silk. Her post encourages me to continue in my current methods of skein handling but a great deal more vigorously.
When I got the 50-gram skein of 60/2 silk out to soak overnight, I first snapped the skein all around, as Laura explained and as I usually do when I am getting ready to unwind a skein. I was not getting ready to unwind this skein; I was getting ready to dye it. I did the snapping this time because I thought that doing so would help the yarn come through the dyeing process a little bit better.
I went at it, however, much more vigorously than usual. After I had snapped the skein around, I slapped it hard against my leg several times in different places, and then did the snapping business again. I did this several times and I saw the skein gradually getting wider, getting flatter. I had never seen it spread out like this before. I’m thinking I may be on to something.
I soaked the besieged skein overnight in very hot water with a bit of synthrapol. Go here to find out lots about synthrpol. When I removed it in the morning, I squeezed out the water. Then I did the snapping and the slapping once again. Again, punished within an inch of its life, the skein spread itself out very nicely widthwise.
I plan to repeat the process after the yarn is dyed and rinsed but still damp, and then again after the yarn has dried. If I get to it, I will do it once or twice during the drying process. And then, when I am ready to put it on the skein winder which I use for unwinding, I will first attack it once more with great ferocity! Perhaps doing all of this will help the yarn come off more smoothly.
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