Friday, September 01, 2006

Land of Cotton

It's harvest time in my town. The cotton fields are ripe.

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The holding areas are filling up with compressed fresh picked cotton, waiting to be ginned.

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The cotton gins are running around the clock. They will work non-stop until all the cotton is ginned and baled. During a bumper year that might be until Christmas. There's a gin just a few blocks from my house and at night when everything is quiet, you can hear the engines humming.

It's a common sight to see bits of white fluff littering the road, because inevitably some escapes the truck as it is transported from field to gin. I think cotton looks best in it's natural form...

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...but then, I also enjoy it in this form:

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Pattern:
Blackbery Ridge Hand Mitt from The Heirloom Knitter
Yarn: Stork 100% cotton, fingering weight
Needles: US 2 dpns
Finished Size: 6" x 8"

I really love knitting cotton washcloths. They make nice gifts when paired with a bar of handmade soap. The ruffle is my favorite part.

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9 comments:

  1. What a beautiful washcloth and looking
    at all that white cotten makes me feel like I am stepping out of a shower with a nice fluffy white towel waiting for me.

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  2. What is your favorite soap from Goodies Unlimited?

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  3. I also love the washcloth - the ruffles are really cute!

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  4. The washcloth is beautiful. What a lovely gift. I'll forward your cotton pics on to Dan. He'll appreciate them. He really misses Texas. You'll see a similar picture on my blog in the near future.

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  5. What a beautiful mitt! I think that paired with the handmade soap is a wonderfully decadent gift!

    And it is almost my fave time of year here -- when they harvest the sugar cane. We get the bits on the road too and the best part is after harvest they burn the fields and it is so sweet smelling!

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  6. Nice to get a little education on all forms of cotton. The mitt looks amazing. Love the pattern and the color.

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  7. I've never seen cotton grow or bailed like that either. Nice post. The wash cloth is really charming. They make such lovely gifts!

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  8. I've never seen cotton like that before. What a neat place to live! That's surely a LOT of cotton if they have to gin it til Christmas!! Your handmade gifts, as always, are SO NICE:D

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  9. That is a common sight around NC as well. As for the bath mitt...nothing common about that! Simply lovely!!

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~Tracy