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First yarn for 2017

skein of white yarn
January 1st, 2017 Yarn

Bleak Hall Sea Island White cotton yarn.  Yay!  It’s a three ply thick fingering weight, haven’t a clue how many yards are in the skein nor how much the skein weighs.  It’s a soft and almost silky feeling yarn, not sure what I’ll make with it yet.  Cotton yarn doesn’t have much elasticity to it, so something that drapes instead of clings would be best.

The yarn in the back of the picture was a test skein made with Navajo ply.  That essentially creates a three ply yarn, but the lack of stretch in the cotton made the Navajo ply a bit tricky.  A true three ply was easier to do with this fiber.

Now I just have to wait for the plant to grow more bolls.  Fortunately Sea Island cotton seems to be a perennial cotton and just keeps making more cotton all the time after it gets started.  Of course, we’re in the dead of winter right now so there’s a little less sun light so the bolls are slowing down.  But, this is Hawaii, so there’s not all that much difference between daylight hours or temperatures throughout the year.

 

Bleak Hall Sea Island White

The fiber from yesterday has been spun into yarn.  Kinda a sport or even a worsted weight somewhat rustic yarn.  It’s soft but has almost no stretch to it at all.  Not sure what to make from it.

It was Navajo plied since I didn’t have two or three bobbins full of cotton to ply from.  The lack of any elasticity at all made the Navajo ply a bit more tricky than normal.  I’d never really thought about how the elasticity of the fibers changes how it’s spun.

It’s very soft, much softer than you’d expect a cotton to be.  I think the next skein will be a bit thinner and probably a three ply from bobbins instead of the psuedo-three ply from Navajo ply.

Maybe I’ll make a shirt from it, it would be a comfortable shirt, perhaps?  Something that can drape, it doesn’t have any ‘cling’ to it at all.  Since it’s 100% cotton, it’s not a particularly warm fiber so a scarf may not be the best use of it.

We’re really advanced with the cotton fiber prep so far.  Basically, it’s the kitchen table, a book in a reader, a cup of tea (although in the picture the cup is empty) and the cotton to have the seeds picked out of it.  Ginned, I think the word is ‘ginned’ but we have no cotton gin so it’s cotton picking, I guess?

Sea Island white cotton

Well, tis the season, I guess.  For cotton, anyway.  😉

It’s going on just over 506 days since the Bleak Hall Sea Island white cotton was planted and it’s still out there making bolls.   The first bolls showed up long ago, somewhere around day 148, I think it was.  Since then, it’s just kinda been making bolls.  Never a lot of them but usually a few here and there.  This is how much was out there today.

Bleak Hall Sea Island white cotton

I didn’t count how many, maybe eight bolls or so.  The seeds are still inside so it’s still densely packed in the photo above.

It gets fluffy when the seeds are picked out.  It has a shine to it, too, even though it’s cotton.  It’s also almost got a bit of crimp to it, but not much of that.  It’s very soft and almost silky.  I don’t know if that’s from it being freshly picked or if it’s because it’s Sea Island cotton.

These are how clean the seeds are when they’re picked out.   Each boll has three lobes and there’s multiple seeds in each lobe so there’s quite a few seeds in cotton.

Well, I’ll go spin it up now and see how it goes.