All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
T. E. Lawrence
Handspun and hand woven cotton!
Why is handspun and hand-woven wool so much harder?
Why do people who seem not to be moving their craft forward, complain about the speed that I move my craft forward? Why do they complain about my progress without seeing what I have actually done recently? I solve many of my craft problems, without posting them. While, I do not see them posting any textile craft solutions at all.
Making sweaters is doing the same thing over and over. Unless the successive sweaters are better, faster, or cheaper, they are repeats of previous experience, that do not add significant additional expertise. If you want to claim years of experience, then you should be show a consistent progression toward better, faster, or cheaper. If you progress by taking classes, then you are gaining expertise, but you are not advancing the craft. To advance the craft, we must dream by day.
Where are the other "dreamers of the day"? We should track "dreamers of the day", for they are dangerous. (Actually, I think they are rather a fun lot, full of ideas, and always seeking a better, faster, cheaper path to "Better, Faster, Cheaper".) We dreamers of the day take Blaize to be our hero. Then, we ask, what is the Noble thing?
Do we consider the "Yarn Harlot" to be a "Dangerous Dreamer of the Day"? No, she follows and reports recent trends and fads, with pleasant humor. She tells us that what modern knitters are doing is good. She does not incite revolution, she calms.
The cotton above is a commercial product from India. During the Old Kingdom period, when Egyptians were making exceptionally fine linen, they were also importing cotton cloth of similar fineness from India. Thus, I do not feel bad about using fine cotton cloth from India.