Tuesday, January 16

Field to cloth

The colors, at least on my screen, are pretty close to the original dishcloth. This was spun, kinda roughly, washed, knit on a knitting machine in a 1x1 tuck and then boiled for 1 hour. Since then, it has been used maybe 50 times and washing in washer and dryer.

The back looks like ribbing.

The brown and green were the bolls show below. The green changes to a dark blue green and the pale tan becomes this rich dark brown. I have to be careful picking white bolls. They may look white outside, but if I put them in the wrong bin inside, I can easily get colored streaks in my white cotton. The color is in there hiding, even though I might not see it when I spin. I must carefully label the bins. This becomes most important when I am harvesting either immature bolls or unopened bolls.

Immature bolls have seeds that are not fully formed and all the cotton appears white. It is usually tender and sometimes shorter. Actually it can be very soft, but I must spin it from the seed as the immature seeds will fail my ginning process.

Unopened bolls are usually fully formed but late. So I will have pale colored cotton and big seeds. But to open these, I use a dehydrator. It works so well, they just pop open. However, these seeds must not be mixed with my other seeds as they have been heated and are no longer viable. Since we got so much rain this year after the bolls began to open, many more of my bolls went through this drying process. We normally have very little rain in Albuquerque after the monsoon season.

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