Yesterday, I had some free time at the library and I decided to pick up the latest issue of Spin Off magazine and I came across an article on how to grow and spin your own cotton.
Which got me thinking about my experiment next year. I know that I want to use this opportunity to do as many things for myself as I possible and I really want to be a better spinner. I know that I could buy some of the barrels from my local hardware store that I used to make my rain barrel to grow them in and I found two different kinds of cotton on Local Harvest that I am interested in.
The first kind is Nankeen. It is USDA Certified Organic and it is naturally brown. The breed is from Pre-1860 and they include a history of the cotton with your seed purchase. The second kind is ‘Erlene’s Green’ and is an heirloom cotton. It is not organic, however, it is very rare. It is naturally a shade of light green. According to the seller’s information page, there are also other naturally colored cottons such as yellow and blue available. But I think these two cottons will make a lovely start!
So I can happily add “growing cotton” to my list of things I will be doing for myself! Wish me luck!