I mentioned in a previous post that my friend Mary has gotten me interested in spinning yarn. My first real spinning project (after the initial sample) was a lovely purple silk. Mary gave me some fibers to practice with and she showed me how to work with the silk. The silk fibers are incredibly long and sticky (they stick to clothes and the tiniest rough spots on hands or fingernails) so all the drafting has to be done at the beginning instead of during the spinning process.
I used up all the silk fiber she gave me and ended up with about 8 yards of plyed silk yarn. Roughly DK or worksted weight. I'm not quite sure what to make with only 8 yards... but the yarn turned out beautifully.