Yesterday I spun up two spindles of the natural brown cotton on the charkha and plied them on my Ashford Joy spinning wheel. I made a lazy kate from another plastic food storage container to hold the two spindles. I did not bring a niddy noddy with me, so used the back of a chair to make my skein.
After plying, I simmered the yarn for 1/2 hour to darken the colour. At first, after taking the yarn out of the water, I thought it was really dark. But, of course, it was wet. When I looked in the morning, the difference was not so great. And, most yarn looks a bit darker than the roving from which it was spun.
Anyway, here is the two-ply yarn and the roving. What you can't tell from the photo is how soft the yarn is!
When I got the balls of natural coloured cotton roving/sliver, I thought I had a lot. But as you can see, the brown cotton is going fast. Since I want to use this colour for the handspun portion of the weft for the Hippari coat, I will have to order more. I will get it from Cotton Clouds. They have some lovely brown from Sally Fox, the woman who has made naturally coloured cotton available to us spinners.
I am still sampling on the loom to find just the right pattern and sett. I have done a sample of plain weave. Now I will re-sley the reed at a closer sett for a twill sample. I will have it for you soon.