He searched in his pockets till he found a small hank of spun-yarn, from which he cut a piece about a yard long.
spun-yarn or other stuff used to rack two parts of a rope together.
Some of the near-by gorse twigs were broken from their stems; some one had dropped a small hank of spun-yarn.
A small one with a fly-wheel is used for making ropes and spun-yarn.
Marlin is also made of tarred yarns, but is tightly twisted and is much harder and smoother than spun-yarn.
I endeavoured to make one of spun-yarn, but I found that it was too heavy.
The act of passing a rope spirally between the lays of a cable; a smaller rope is wormed with spun-yarn.
Now it happened that the lashing of this port was only of spun-yarn, rotten at that.
For this purpose every vessel is furnished with a “spun-yarn winch”; which is very simple, consisting of a wheel and spindle.
Some have tried it with a silk thread as a plumb-line, some with spun-yarn threads, and various other materials and contrivances.