One of my experiments was to make a cotton dishcloth from scratch. I did not grow the cotton, but purchased unspun cotton from a fiber craft supplier. I set up my charka, an indian spinning wheel, and spun a light weight yarn.
|Spinning on the Charka|
Then I began to knit myself a basic dish towel. I used wooden knitting needles that I had made myself while attending classes at the Fiber Arts Studio in the Threefold Community. I had been so enthused while spinning I was able to knit two towels.
|Just Like Great, Great, Grandma's|
I know that I will spin cotton yarn again, but will I use it to make a common dish towel? Probably not, but who knows, someday it may not be optional.
By the way, these dish towels have lasted beyond any that I have purchased and they are used hard.
Try something new. The teachers of the old ways are out there. Look at your local historical societies and re-enacters.