Thursday, April 02, 2009

Cotton! I Spun Cotton!

It's Day 2 of the Yarn Every Day Challenge, & I wanted to do some wee supercoils, but I didn't have much in the way of top or roving in the stash. ButI had this bag of hand-painted cotton sliver from Woodland Woolworks that the lovely Mandie of EGMTK sent me in a care package last year, just sitting around minding it's own business, & I decided it was about damn time I tackled it.

Cotton, seriously; who knew? I thought it would be a huge pain in the ass, totally un-doable without a charkha or Tahkli spindle. Figured I'd give it a whirl, discover my limitations, & move on. But lo & behold, it was no problem at all!

Someone asked me how I drafted, but honestly, I have no idea what to tell them! I learned to spin using the spinning from the fold method, but haven't used it since then. As far as I can tell, I use some sort of weird inchworm drafting method. Mostly what I do is spin by feel, by intuition, by the seat of my pants. My yarns are sturdy & I like working with them, so presumably I'm doing something right, but it makes it difficult for me to effectively explain how I got from A to B. I think the recipient of this skein, which I need to finish plying, I think she'll like it. And I only used half of the 4oz. of fiber, so I might see what else I can whip up with this cotton! Think I'll look into getting some to dye, as well. A job for another day.


  1. they are lovely! I've done cotton like that, as well, all cotton, all coils! I think I spun it the same way, inchy inchy, thinking it'd be harder than it was.

  2. delicious. what are coils like to knit? I haven't seen anything like that before - very cool

  3. Pretty!! See you can do it! Spinning from the seat of your pants can be a great way to do it. Maybe I will try cotton now using your method.


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