Friday, October 23, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina 

First 60.2 silk skesin coned

I wasn’t sure I could get one whole skein onto a cone;  I’d never tried that before.  But it worked.  Just took a while……….

Only 3 knots in the entire cone.  Not bad.

From these cones I will make skeins for dyeing.

Why not make the skeins directly from the Treenway skeins? I could put the Treenway skein on my Goko* and wind from it onto my LeClerc skein winder.

I had tried that on an earlier project.  But it was not totally successfully, as you can see if you read this post.  Indeed, I got frustrated enough that I gave up and made cones instead which I then wound into skeins.

*Go here and scroll down the page to see Schacht’s Goko skein winder. To be clear, I want to say that the problem is NOT with the Goko.  The Goko is a good piece of equipment.  I just have to learn more about handling 60/2 silk!

Related Post:  Winding Weft Yarn for Dyeing Continues

"First 60/2 Silk Skein Coned” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on October 23, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina.





Dorothy said...

I followed the link to see the Goko Skein winder,it looks useful. I also like the look of your cone winder, I don't think anyone in the UK is selling these, but I shall look for one as I don't think my ball winder is going to be good for fine silk.

I dyed some silk skeins recently and learnt that silk needs more careful handling than wool or cotton, so I'm hoping to learn from you ;) I aspire to weaving silk scarves but won't let myself play with the expensive yarns yet.

By the way, I like the red colour you ended up with in the dye samples.

Delighted Hands said...

Wow, that is a serious ball winder!

Annie said...

What a lot of work, Peg! I have exactly the same cone winder you used, but hesitate on using it for such fine yarns, having had less than good results in the past. But seeing your ball of silk makes me think back of the silk somewhere in my stash... It wants to be dyed!
Dorothy: I bought my winder in a machine knitting shop in the Netherlands - have a look there. No doubt they are sold in the UK.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Dorthy, yes, silk does need careful handling, but with your patience, care, and persistence, you should have no trouble. Start out with 20/2 or even 30/2. They are quite easy to work with. and dyeing your own yarn significantly reduces the cost, plus it all takes more time so you get more value time-wise for your money!
Delighted Hands, not as serious as some! You can get electric cone winders which wind genuine cones, but they cost a great deal and are also apparently very touchy. Annie, yes, machine knitting shops are a good place to go for them. Was your winding a tension issue? I have never had trouble with this fine silk, but had been worried about just how much I could wind onto a cone.

Annie said...

Yes, I think it was mainly a tension prolem. Added to that the slipperiness of the silk, and like you mentioned in later posts: that made the yarn slip off the cone.