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24 wpi
Size: Medium

Sample #8
Cotton--Medium single


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Sample #8
Fiber:  Cotton
Weight of Skein:  58 grams

Appl: #1600203
Type: Acala Finish Sliver
Length: 354 Yards

Spinning Equipment Used: Flyer Wheel, Ratio 15:1|
Direction of Twist:  Z
# of Plies: 1
Finishing:  Washed in warm water and steamed with hand held steamer on yarn blocker.  I do not boil my handspun cotton unless I intend to dye it (or if it is green).  Boiling removes the wax on the fiber that adds to durability and softness.  This I like to keep in the yarn.  The first sample of this cotton I spun and boiled--it turned out very white and very dead.  I do not like to boil my cotton!.
Technique:  Short fiber lengths were pulled from the roving to open the fiber up for drafting.  Fanning the fiber with my thumb and index finger produced an open, softly spun yarn.  Just enough twist was added to hold it together and cut down on abrasive qualities.
Uses:  This cotton yarn is durable enough to be crocheted into a ladies top--possibly in a lace pattern.  It is also suitable for weft to make placemats but I would prefer it woven into a simple top.  Definitely weave in a pattern with no floats!

Preparation for Spinning:  The sliver was pulled into strips to facilitate a smoother draw.

Reason for Choice of this Sample: The creamy white was strong, fine, well prepared, inexpensive and easily obtainable.

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Though this is considered a consistent yarn, note how much variation there is in the diameter of the thread.  It is easier to spin a consistent fine cotton yarn than a consistent medium or heavy cotton yarn.

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