Posted by Peg in South Carolina
I was running out of the 2/20 silk on a cone. Since I have more dye sampling to do, I got out one of my skeins to wind another cone. I discovered, much to my horror, that the skein contained many cut threads.
Here is what happened when I put the yarn on the skein winder and started winding a cone.
No, this is not a bad skein from Treenway Silks. It is a skein from Treenway but the fault is entirely mine.
A year or two ago, I had received a package of silk from Treenway. They are very frugal with their packaging and so package the skeins very tightly. I was careless. As I cut the package open, I cut into the skein.
I did not throw the skein out. I figured it was still usable. On the other hand, I was very slow to wind a cone of it. So slow that I had forgotten all about it.
Before I started winding, I undid the ties and found the beginning and end of the skein. I started winding from one of those. The winding went well until the yarn stopped coming. I had reached a broken end.
If you look carefully at the top of the skein in the photo, you can see a heavier golden yellow piece of yarn hanging down from the skein. This is 5/2 pearl cotton which I tied to the opposite end. Doing this would keep me from losing it as I wound from the first end. That 5/2 pearl cotton attached to the end would be my safety net—a place to start again. I always do this, because I never know what problems are going to happen.
Now I do not know whether to proceed with that end or to take one of those many loose broken ends you see hanging down to the floor. I know those loose ends will not unwind smoothly. I will probably have to make a fair number of knots. But the good news is that I am not dyeing this yarn for weaving, only for sampling, so knots don’t matter.