My dear friend, Joanne, gifted me some of her precious denim cotton roving, white cotton and cotton denim together. My :^( Urchin hat that I lost while in Shetland needs to be replaced. I really loved it because it was handspun, cotton, I could wear it almost any time of year and it went with everything. I remember well spinning that cotton, too. It was my first and a real bugger, but so pretty--it was all denim and the most wonderful blue! Cotton staple is short and it takes a bit of practice to get it going in a nice single. While living in Texas I spun cotton and cotton blends often, but moving to Minnesota changed that. Recycled cotton denim roving is impossible to find because the denim of today contains spandex. I have found a bit used as an add-in and I bought some when I was last in Texas. It will be used in something special. The yarn in the photo is from that wonderful shop (now gone) called Woolenworks. I have been using bits and bobs of those early skeins of handspun for all sorts of projects lately--the woven table runner, which I gave to Ben yesterday.
Anyway, the first skein is finished and I have a bit more to spin on Hortense. She is the perfect little wheel for spinning cotton.
|A happy photo when I finished the hat.|
|A well-traveled chapeau. "Cock your hat--angles are attitudes," as Frank Sinatra said.|