Monday, January 11, 2010

I'm walkin in High Cotton...

Ok, not really walkin in high cotton but what I got in the mail today reminded me of that Alabama song. LOL
5 lbs of cotton! Isn't it awesome?! I know, you all are thinking I'm nuts. But I'm so excited about this box stuffed full of fluffy, right off the plant, white stuff. I got all this from Monica, check out her etsy shop, she has great stuff there, not just cotton. She actually spins silk thread!

Of course I had to play with one of those white fluffs. It's incredibly soft, and much longer staple length than I had expected. And there are just tons of seeds in there too! I plan on planting some & see what happens this Spring. I live in the perfect place to grow cotton... hot, dry, sandy soil, long growing season. I've had no success with vegetables, maybe cotton will be just the thing.

Why am I so excited about this cotton you ask? Well, when I first started spinning I had dreams of being able to spin some nice cotton yarn, & actually knit some washcloths & hand towels from my own handspun. I know, kind of silly, but that is one of the first things that I thought of when I started spinning. I love to knit cloths, to use & give as gifts. And how awesome would it be to actually knit them with my own handspun?!

I also got in a great shipment of fiber from The Sheep Shed Studio today. (Thanks to those who gave me money at Christmas!)

Looks like I'm gonna have to give in & learn how to dye fiber. I was just able to get so much more fiber for the $ by buying the white. Although I did get a bad of Carol's dye soppers, they are awesome! Here we come drum carder!

And now that I've bored you all to tears with my fiber addiction...  Look at what Nichole sent me!

One of her awesome bracelets that she knitted. Thanks so much Nichole, I love it! I plan on wearing it tomorrow. :)

And on the orifice hook front.... I now have Llama Orifice Hooks!

And in closing, I had a pleasant surprise when I cast on for a cowl the other day. The red handspun that I thought was sport weight actually turned out to be more of a fingering weight. I was very pleased about that. I actually spun thin enough to get a 2-ply fingering weight yarn! And the new cowl is turning out great. When I get further along I'll take a photo. :)

Hope everyone has a great week!!


Beth (mamabeth on Ravelry) said...

Wahoo! Look at all that cotton!! Let us know how it spins up. Are you going to dye some? I think you need a different kind of dye (not acid) for plant based fibers. That's quite the haul from SSS....I love Carol's stuff! Oh! I see your orifice hooks are doing well in your etsy go girl!!

Channon said...

I am SO happy you found your cotton! I can't wait to hear all about it. And of course cotton is going to grow in your back yard! What a hoot! There's a whole summer's worth of blogging fodder waiting...

LOVE the llama. Will you make me a purdy alpaca? I'll explain in an email later...

Nichole said...

Oooh... look at all that fibery goodness... don't you just want to jump in the piles? :)

Glad you like the bracelet!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Boy that cotton looks wonderful! That's a great idea to spun for your own cloths. They will be very special.

Looking forward to hearing how your cotton growing works out - LOL

Bubblesknits said...

I can't wait to see your handspun cotton! I've had some for a bit, but I haven't attempted it.