Friday, April 04, 2008

When Yarn Sings

We all know that yarn can speak. It can whisper sweet nothings into our ears, telling us that it wants to be bought, to be owned, to be cuddled, to be knitted into that extra special something.

We all know that it's true, and if you don't know this, then you are in a deep state of denial. The rest of us pity you. I did not know, however, that yarn could sing until yesterday when this little baby started crooning to me.

I bought the roving from Twisted at etsy. Now you need to know that I have bought a lot of beautiful roving. I've even dyed some. And quite often when I spin that roving, I love the yarn that it becomes. I think about keeping a great deal of it.

But I have rules about these things.

If I have projects on the go in my own handspun, then I'm not allowed to get all hoggish and keep any more. That stuff goes into the shop and gets sold so that yarn can travel out into the world and speak to other knitters, as yarn was meant to do. Somebody has to pay the bills after all, and it might as well be yarn.

Just not this skein.

This skein is mine. The roving was a favorite from the day it arrived in the mail. It was so lovely to spin that I was sad when it was finished. And there's no way that it will allow me to sell it off. I just can't part with it.

Besides, it sings.


ThePaintedTiger said...

I certainly understand that quandry! I can't stash any more of my yarn right now since I haven't knit up the last one. I just hope my current favorite doesn't sell until I get caught up! :) I'd be keeping that yarn, is drop dead gorgeous!!

Helena Handbasket said...

My gosh, it's gorgeous! As soon as the photo popped up, I began to drool. My first selfish thought was how beautiful it would look on my red-headed self. Kudos to you, it's wonderful.

jayne said...

helena handbasket, what a hilarious name!!

Yeah, the colours are so clear.

Thanks to you both for stopping by :)

Uli said...

Those colours are to die for and the yarn looks absolutely smashing.... it sings loud and clear - I get that. :-)

That's so Twisted said...

Thanks for sending me the link Jayne! That yarn is lush! You obviously made all the right choices when spinning it! And Rovings are people, of course they talk and sing! I talk right back.

CatBookMom said...

Beautiful! No way that's gonna be knitted by anyone else, and to have the happiness of spinning it, too. Ooohhh!

Libby said...


You out did yourself on this one. Its gorgeous!

Libby said...

Yup, that's pretty nice!
Nice to see you on the fly yesterday.

Zuleika said...

Wow that yarn is beautiful!! What will you make with it?

Delias Thompson said...

oh jayne,
Just reading your blog makes me smile! You know I am an amateur knitter who wishes to be more skilled like you but I don't know what roving is or what spinning really is. Can you post some pics to your blog of you spinning and of roving....?

I find it so interesting and intriguing!