Sunday, February 11, 2007

Natural Coloured Cotton


Years ago, when I lived in Los Angeles, I worked for a Cotton Incorporated. We worked for the American Cotton farmers promoting all the products of Cotton. Some time in the last 80's we met a woman who had started a small farm growing naturally coloured cotton. Right out of the fields, lovely greens, brown, pinks and beige. Organic and no dyeing needed. You would think she would have been embraced with open arms. Oh no, on the contrary. Boycotting farmers trying to run her out of business (her opinion). Only white cotton should be grown in California! How things would change.

The beauty of this cottong is that it gets softer and richer in colour with washing. No pesky fading. So somehow, I ended up with a lot of this yarn. Over the years I've given a lot away and used some for children's crafts. I know, "How could you?" Don't know, I just did. Anyway, I was rooting through my stash and came across it again.

I really would like to make up something from the Knitted Toys book I bought a while back, but in the mean time I knit a hat out of the green and the tri-coloured plied for the stripe. Looks good. Made up the pattern based on a jumble of patterns, but it works for me.

5 comments:

Cheryl said...

"The look, the feel of cotton....the fabric of our lives..." Isn't that how the song goes? Well done and very cute.

Diane said...

i wonder how those boycotting farmers are doing today, hmmmm?

malka said...

Was this the same woman featured in Melanie Falick's book, Knitting in America(I think it might have a new title now)? I think her name was Sally Fox.

Rebecca (rural Irish eco felter!) said...

Those natural colours are very beautiful. I love the eco options.

Teaandcakes said...

Beautiful colours - I love that that's the colour cotton can be with no dye.