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June 22, 2014

the garden is blooming


a friend bought this cotton in China


she has decided it is too fine so it has come to me

  there are 2 lbs. of very good quality 60/2 and I have plans for it

it has been wound into balls using 2 strands at a time

all very well when winding the warp

but how do I wind a single strand on bobbins?

P1050083the indigo vat is happy

the handspun suri alpaca soaked it up

P1050041still working on the obi


there will be an abundance of hollyhocks this year

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2014 9:14 am

    You may end up using the doubled cotton as is. Unless you’re a lot more nimble and patient than I am (quite possible!), it’s really difficult to use it singly. I once foolishly “adopted” a lot of fine doubled cotton hoping that I could separate it. Not so much. It stuck to itself badly and became such a tangle that I finally ended up chucking it. Good thing I didn’t pay anything for it! Of course the difference may be that mine had been skeined and dyed first which exacerbated the sticking-together issues. Live and learn.


    • June 23, 2014 9:42 am

      Louisa – this is a very tight twist 2 ply and separates easily. If I set up two bobbin winders side by side I think I can bribe someone (a grandchild?) to wind one bobbin while I wind the other – it’s worth a try.


  2. June 23, 2014 2:53 am

    Oooh–you’re getting fancier with the inlay! I love it! And my hollyhocks are at about the same stage as yours–they’re among my favorites.


  3. June 22, 2014 7:42 pm

    ah, abundance again! i think i have NO hollyhocks this year!


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