Don't feel bad! I'm sorry, I didn't post that to make you feel bad! You didn't know.
I've only spun tussah silk, and it's a dream to spin. LOVE IT! As with any fiber though, it depends on who processed it. I've bought tussah silk that was slubby (from a vendor at SAFF) and some that was just incredible (from Franquemont Fibers on ebay).
Processing might have something to do with the whiteness, I'm not sure, but from what I've read, it's the controlled diet that results in the finer, whiter silk threads.
The distinction between tussah silk and bombyx silk is not only the worm, but the way the cocoons are gathered. Tussah silk comes from cocoons that are gathered in the wild, after the butterflies have emerged from the cocoons. No worms or butterflies are harmed in the process. Bombyx silk comes from cocoons that are "bred" in captivity, they are gathered before metamorphosis has taken place and the worms/pulpa are not allowed to hatch and therefore die. Also, because the silk worms are bred in captivity, their diet is controlled, which results in a whiter, finer silk in the cocoon itself. Probably more than you wanted to know, but I found it interesting.
I recently ordered the wool/mohair blend too, and I have a question for you guys. I'm spinning the blend for socks because I've read that mohair adds strength just as nylon does in commercial sock yarn. The mohair isn't blended throughout the wool, it's one long strip of pink which disappears when you soak the roving pre-dyeing. Those of you who dye and spin this to sell - do you card the roving to blend the mohair throughout? Wouldn't that be necessary to achieve a TRUE 85% wool/15% mohair blend?
I don't have a carder and if I were going to sell this, I would want to know that the mohair was blended throughout, especially if the yarn was to be used for socks. I was just wondering if you guys run it through the carder or how you deal with this, if you do?
I bought a pound of Ashland Bay roving at SAFF and other spinners recommended that I spin it from the fold to preserve color uniformity. The yarn ended up with a tweedy-look, which I like very much. Here's a picture:
Bloodyraven - I count yards when I wind the yarn on my niddy noddy. I'd LOVE to have a yardage counter, but not in the budget right now.
Madelinetosh - I love those bright colors! It's so nice to see what everyone's done with the Brown Sheep mills ends, since I have 6 lbs. on the way (dang feds closing down on Tuesday, grumble, won't arrive until next week, grumble grumble).
Holly - gorgeous (as always). Love the coils! Have you ever knitted with them?