Recently I purchased a large cone of supima cotton in the hopes that it would weave up into some nice dish towels. I put on enough supima warp for two towels. I wove one using the supima for weft and the other with a novelty yarn that is cotton with a thin core of polyesther as weft. I got them hemmed today then washed and dried them in the dryer.
They both turned out soft but the one on the left ( novelty yarn ) was softer. The all supima cotton towel has nice tracking that I don't think you can see in the picture.
I did an absorbancy test. Not very scientific, however. I spilled some water on the counter and then used both towels to clean it up. I have to say, the all supima cotton towel was not as absorbant as I had hoped. The towel on the left did fine. I knew it would. I have made more towels out of that novelty yarn than I can count. I wondered if I ran the all supima towel through the washer and dryer again would it make a difference. I will have to let you know some other time. It is drying as I write this.
Here is a close up.
The darker color yarn is a dark green cotton. I am thinking this cotton will be good for shawls. We will have to see.