Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Yarn for Grown-ups

Some months ago, I purchased two Rambouillet rovings from Ani at Widdershins that she had painted like this:

Beautiful, right?  But somehow, as I was spinning the first one, I started having doubts.  There was this grey blue and this mauve colour and I just couldn't imagine how they would go together.  I mean, I don't think Ani specifically chose mauve because she is the least mauve person that I have ever met.  Still, sometimes when one begins to draft hand painted fibres, certain colours just appear like unwelcome guests at a party.

As my bobbins filled, I seriously began to wonder if this would be a dud.  It happens to the best of us.  I was spinning the Rambouillet extra thin and with lots of extra twist after the blooming madness of the previous one - I wanted this lace weight to really be lace weight.  So I was investing a good amount of work in this roving, all the while wondering if it would be a grey and mauve mess at the end of the day.

I plied it with extra twist as well, and even while I was plying it, I was saying to myself, " I don't know..."  

But lo and behold, after a good soak to set the twist, what to my eyes did appear?

It is beautiful!  I would go so far as to say gorgeous.  Stunning, even.  Sure, sure, you can have your reds and pinks and those flashy colours that are always standing up and shaking their booty at you.  Well, sit down and be quiet because I have my sophisticated colours here.  Honey, you have to understand the subtleties and the nuances of life to appreciate what this yarn is offering.   Adolescents need not apply.

Because I did a poor job of dividing the roving evenly, I had a lot of leftover on one bobbin, so I chain-plied a small skein.

Another lovely lady.

I mis-read you, my dear.  Can you ever forgive me?


ZenDotStudio said...

lovely, instructive post, reminding me about the wanderings and nattering of my mind! really, we never know do we, despite all our efforts to make us think we do!

love, how you talk about the wool and spinning! I am smitten by your description! and the finished yarn is stunning!

Helen Griffin said...

pale water, or is it sky? bare branches, leaf mold, and there a leaf in full, not yet gone back to the soil. Lovely earthy tones. Look forward to seeing it knit up!


I think it's gorgeous and what beautiful spinning!

Robyn said...

Thanks Lori! That means a lot coming from you!

michelle mueller said...

It is interesting how they play out. Had one that I wouldn't was THAT ugly. Usually I think, there's someone out there that will love it, but I couldn't see anyone liking it. So I spun it thinking I would over dye it. Now that it's spun I really like it. So it goes.

Lovely spin Robyn, thanks!