Thursday, April 24, 2008

Spinning Cotton

This is my newest obsession (other than a baby sweater for a friend that I can't stop knitting). All the items you see in this photo were part of the generosity mentioned in my previous post. I've been doing alright using a support spindle, this brown cotton seems to lend itself to lumpiness - that could be result of me learning how to card as well.

For those of you who are not familiar with spinning cotton it is a very short fiber so the support spindle allows me to spin it without putting weight on the fiber which would cause it to break apart. Also cotton fibers don't grip each other like wool fibers, they are slick and slide off one another - these are the challenges to spinning cotton, but I'm enjoying it.

I have also been learning about the natural colors of cotton that are being experimented with. I have yet to research it, but I have some green and brown and I hear that there is blue. If you have any interesting info on this please feel free to pass it along.

So as I make progress on this project I will share it with you, but here is what I am hoping to make once I spin enough cotton (a little less than 2 100 gram skeins) - Ribbed Lace Bolero. So cute, right?

All for now, have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. It'll be great to see that pattern in handspun yarn!

    -kelly (10 feet high)


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