Re: Fresh skein and sacks
☼ Best Answerby hookedonsteels 2019/11/08 16:29:28
I've started "curing" skein the last few years, and it works reasonably well.
If you get a fresh hen with eggs still in the skeins, cut them into the size pieces you want to use and then let 'em sit for a few hours on a good layer of newspaper or paper towels till they feel a little tacky. Put however many pieces you'd use in one trip in a ziplock bag, cover with Borax and shake it up, making sure to coat all surfaces.
Repeat the shaking every hour for a couple of hours, and then put 'em in the freezer.
I'm too lazy to tie them into sacks, but if you prefer them in some mesh, you can certainly do that. If they're not tied up, you can also rip them apart to vary the size of your offering. Not gonna be able to fling 'em real far that way, but if you cast carefully, a hunk will stay on a size 16 hook (what I use just about all the time) for a pretty reasonable length of time.
Give 'em a few hours to thaw out slowly before you want to use 'em.