Oh, you know the answer to that one...
Plus, I'm talking about silk hankies, not the other kind. For the uninitiated, silk hankies are square shaped pure silk that you spin -- dyed or undyed. These came yesterday, Wooliebullie on etsy is my source. They are the exact colors outside my window, so they must be spun.
I watched a YouTube video of a guy making these. He takes a silk worm cocoon, soaks it, and ploomps the worm out like an olive pit -- gross. Then he takes the cocoon and stretches it out over a square frame, just 4 nails really, and after 10 or so, voila. A silk hankie.
See the layers? You tease each hankie from the stack ...
and you end up with a diaphanous square of very sticky silk. Well, not sticky precisely, but with dry hands?Each filament grabs you and the things are devilish hard to put down!
Next, you poke a hole in the center of the hankie, and pull the thing into an oval. Keep pulling. Pull some more.
After some more pulling and then some drafting, you end up with this. A long oval of drafted silk. This drafted piece will spin up to be about the size of crochet thread. Very thin. Silk compacts as you spin it.
What will I do with it? Heck, I don't know. It would be nice plyed with some soft wool or just alone knit into something lacy.
This is process spinning, not intentional spinning...
Oh, ok. You put a little boogie in it.