Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cotton Time!!

Near the beginning of August I placed an order with Hip Strings out of Pennsylvania, for some cotton and cotton spinning supplies.  I have been so excited to start adding cotton to my repertoire!!

The big box of cotton spinning goodies arrived this week -

It was really difficult to find hand dyed cotton fiber, and Hip Strings seems to be one of the few purveyors.  I loved the colourways they had in their shop, so I was happy to order from them.

Hip Strings also make support spindles, and I bought a Mistral tahkli to spin up the cotton I bought.  The shaft is carbon fiber and the whorl is a toonie sized piece of acrylic. It's so lightweight and spins like a dream.

I'm trying my best to keep the protective covers on each end of the spindle when I'm not using it, just in case the kids happen upon it. Both ends are super pointy.

Cotton sure is a different spinning experience.  This is also my first time using a supported spindle. I like it!  The cotton is tricky with the super short staple length, but spinning it long draw helps a lot.

I've my copy of the Cotton issue of Ply close at hand, as well as Joan Ruane's YouTube Channel.

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