Nope, not the kind you embroider and then blow you nose on. I mean these kind:
These are mawata, or silk hankies. They are made by stretching several silk cocoons over a wooden frame. There they are allowed to dry, until they turn into something that very much resembles a silk hankie of the tear drying kind. (Read more about the process here.)
So, what am I doing with them, then? First, I’m pealing off each layer of silk:
And stretching it into unspun yarn:
Here’s a sample knit up:
My goal is a pair of warm silk mittens, kinda like the ones the Yarn Harlot made.