I have just started to learn to spin and I know already I love it. I've been a knitter for 50+ years. Anyway I am fasinatedwith the whole silk process, and watched videos on the subject. I would like to buy silk hankies, but can't fined a good retailer. Can someone tell me where to find and buy this beautiful fiber to spin? Or would it be better to buy it already in roving rather than a hankie? Thanks.
Hi, welcome to the spinning community - you might want to also check out spinningdaily.com, another Interweave site. It's entirely about spinning. Silk hankies (also caps) are a great way to get into spinning silk, they're usually a bit easier for new spinners than silk top or roving. You can start with one of those if you want to, or get some roving & a couple hankies & see what's easiest to begin with. littlebarninc.com has good prices on silk roving, but usually doesn't carry hankies. They also have silk waste & silk noil, which are a bit more challenging to spin. The Woolery (woolery.com) should have hankies or caps. I've dealt with both of them before & they're very good. Good luck - keep on spinning!
Try http://www.dharmatrading.com/ or http://www.woolery.com. The Woolery has a Silk Fiber Fun kit that has what I think you are looking for. Have fun.
I found a good video on youtube on spinning silk hankies .