35 Replies to “SILK: QUEEN OF ALL TEXTILES”

  1. I too was revolted when I first saw how it was produced, and have been very happy with Tussah blends. As always, your videos, whether on books or fibers, are informative and entertaining!

  2. Hi Dr Kelly, I just discovered your channel a couple of days ago and absolutely love it! I'm actually bistitchual and crochet just as much as I knit. Your dedication to your YouTube channel is commendable. Your research is outstanding and thorough. I love it! Thank you for all the wonderful info on silk. By the way, I have a black, furry pest aswell. He loves plants too, although he only has 3 legs, he is quite able to jump any height to make a mess of my flower arrangements. I'll be binge watching the rest of your videos. Can't wait to see more on your weaving adventures.💖 from 🇦🇺.

  3. So glad to find your channel! Thanks for sharing such a variety of fascinating info and history. Hugs to your =^..^= Mine would be all over your yarn like catnip (hence my stash is stored in clear plastic tubs 🙂

  4. I am knitting, almost finished with a tussah silk scarf for my sister which she is waiting for since Christmas 2016.  I am stubborn so I refuse to knit with bamboo needles and, man, has it been slippery.  LOL  Anyway, I am almost finished with the scarf/shawl.  I do like knitting with this yarn a lot.  I never heard of Muga Silk so now I am curious.  I enjoy your videos because of your enjoyment of sharing your knowledge.  Thank you very much.

  5. Kristine, I have been searching for a row counter that I can use for the number of stitches and number of rows beyond number 10.  I own a few, but when it goes over 10 stitches, I cannot use the same row counter for rows.  I wish to use one row counter instead of two at a time.  Example:  Knit Row 1 through 18, 10 times.  What to do, what to do?

  6. Good morning Kristine, I have been knitting for over a year even if I learned in 1995.  Anyway, I have never knitted anything for myself and would like to start now by knitting a cardigan.  Please give me ideas on where to start.  I have become an intermediate/advanced knitter because I cannot wait to learn everything about knitting.  I get bored with easy stitch patterns.  I do hope that you can get back to me quickly with suggestions.  Thank you, in advance.

  7. Hello, I like your podcast. Your videos are very informative.
    What is the difference between Mayberry silk and tussah silk? Which silk is the best for knitting?

  8. Our kitty is not allowed on the table, but when we are all sleeping…… she gets into everything. I enjoy all of your videos. Loved the one about lanolin 👍🏻Great info 🤗

  9. Long ago I used a raw silk yarn. Wish I still had that 70's pattern which is a man's pull over polo shirt using the "called for" raw silk yarn. I taught myself to knit using that pattern…

  10. Your culprit is so cute..lol I learned a lot from your podcast! I grew up with silk I might say (I am originally from Thailand)I might try dyeing wool/silk blend in the near future 😊

  11. As usual, I learned a lot today! Thanks for the research that goes into these videos so we can learn new things. Dupioni Silk fabrics are used (as I am sure you already know) for exquisite children's dress clothing, among other things. Very beautiful. I have never worked with it personally. I think one or two of the other ones you mentioned were new to me as well. Thanks again for the information!

  12. I love learning all these unusual things about silkworms, sheep and other wools. This is so interesting to me. Thank you for sharing your expertise!

  13. I have a digital package scale (purchased mainly for weighing eBay packages) which also gets used a lot for weighing yarn & FOs. It appears to be accurate to within 2 grams, which is close enough for guesstimating yardage used in my Ravelry projects.
    As to Russian female soldiers during World War II, my spouse and I recently watched a Russian TV miniseries (with English subtitles) on YouTube called "The Dawns Are Quiet Here," about a Red Army officer in a village near the front lines whose request for "sober, non-skirt-chasing" replacements to man an anti-aircraft gun gets filled with a squad of female soldiers. That miniseries was apparently a remake of an earlier Russian film of the same title (also available on YouTube, although I don't know if the movie version had English subtitles). I quite enjoyed the miniseries, although my spouse noted that certain decisions made by the Red Army officer and his superiors in the miniseries seemed pretty nonsensical in military terms (f.ex., sending the whole squad out to investigate suspected German troop movements in the woods instead of immediately sending reinforcements to the village to do the investigating).

  14. I'm excited to hear more about your Cricket Loom adventures. The woven baskets sound fun too. Thanks for all the great information on silk. I have knitted a little with pure silk before, but mostly with wool/silk blends. It's a beautiful fiber.

  15. I always knew silk came from silkworms and a cocoon but I never knew how the silk strand got from the cocoon to the spool. Another great fiber episode.

  16. Thank you for the info. I always learn something. I just checked my stash and of 258 entries I have 51 that have some silk in them. The most is 35 % silk. The one with the 35% silk has 65% cashmere and is very slippery. I have some that the silk is blended with cotton and that makes a nice yarn. Rowan's Kidsilk Haze looks luxurious and feels so soft.

  17. This was so helpful. I have some yarn made of 30% Suri Alpaca, 10% Huacaya Alpaca, 40% wool, and 20% Tussah Silk. I wasn't quite sure what to make with it, although I was leaning more toward a shawl that I'd wear as a scarf. Now I know what Tussah silk is!
    – Tashia

  18. Awh. Give your kitty a big hug for me 🙂 I love your channel. You are a wealth of information. Thank you for the time you give us.

  19. Thank you for all this information; I never really thought about where silk came from…very interesting!
    Love to hear about the books you read too……thanks for all your research. I want to buy some silk blend yarn now and try it out.

  20. I could listen to you for hours……… thank you so much for all the time and research you put in each of your episodes!! I am learning tons of things and thanks to you knitting has taken a whole other dimension!! big big hugs from disouxxxxxxxxxx

  21. Well, all of the names of these silks were new to me, but after you showed pictures I'm sure I've seen them all in various textiles, except maybe the Muga silk. But, in the future, I will have some knowledge of how that silk came to be! Thanks again for another great episode.

  22. Another really enjoyable and informative episode, thank you. The Roman name for China was Serica because of its silk. I have knitted many times with Manos Silk Blend and I love it. I also have in my stash 150g of Debbie Bliss Pure Silk but I haven't decided what to make with it yet. When I was in Thailand I bought some silk fabric and a scarf – the heavy slubby Thai silk.

  23. Great episode, Kristine – loved learning about silk. We visited a silk "factory" several years ago when we went to China – it was fascinating. I have only knit with silk blends, and enjoyed those yarns. Thanks also for the book reco – it's on my Audible wish list.

  24. Thank you for the great video! I learned a lot. I don't think I have ever knit with a silk or silk blend. I would love to hear about weaving too.

  25. Thank you for all your research. You seem to remember so many facts or do you have a teleprompter? It's just amazing.

  26. I'm so pleased you'll be adding weaving to your already rich set of topics. I caught the weaving bug last month by watching a knitting podcast (the podcaster had herself recently acquired a 16" loom) and lucked into a used 18" loom on Ravelry that was delivered only a few days ago. Though I'm enrolled in weaving lessons on full-size looms at my local museum starting in early May, I'll really appreciate the added dimension that you will undoubtedly lend to my learning experience on the rigid heddle loom.

  27. Thank you for the wealth of information. I have always steered away from silk. I think the method of obtaining silk always got to me. So thank you so much for the info on Tussah silk. I am actually knitting right now with a cotton, tussah, silver blend right now that I just love. I will watch out for Tussah now and seek out those blends. thank you!

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