This is my harvest so far, with the standard sized coffee mug for scale. The cotton is Acala with smooth black seeds. It will be white after I scour and wash it. I have not ginned any yet, but I have fluffed it up a little to make sure there is no moisture. I have about 12 - 14 of these plants. I cut them back in the winter to encourage branching and new growth. They are in a raised bed.
|Brown Cotton Boll|
People ask what I do with the cotton. I spin it, then weave and knit with it. Sometimes I dye the yarn with indigo.
This is a small shawl that I knit in a lace pattern with some of my cotton. The nice thing about a piece dyed with indigo is that when it starts to fade a bit from wearing outside you can just re-dip it in the next indigo vat.