I confess that when the July fiber from the Spunky Eclectic Fiber Club arrived in my mail box, I was a little underwhelmed. The muted earth tones were a huge departure from the bright and happy rainbows that I had been spinning of late and my gut reaction was, “eh”.
But as I held it in my hands and sniffed it and experienced it the way that a spinner will do, I started to fall in love. Not all at once in a Disney princess sort of way, but a little bit at a time. I started to envision the yarn that it would be, and I warmed up a little. Then I started spinning.
This is a new fiber for me, a Portuguese Merino, and it took some getting used to. It is a little sticky, and it wanted to clump up. I had to treadle so slowly in order to allow my fingers to learn how to draft it. But soon I got the hang of it and started to notice it’s bouncy, springy nature and the way that it clung to itself, wanting to be yarn. And my warm feelings grew.
Then, there was the way that the colors were working out. At first glance I had noticed that it seemed to start lighter at one end and then get darker, ending in a rich brown. I decided to spin it like that, from the creamy green to the twiggy brown. As the colors slowly melted into one another and a gradient yarn began to take shape, my like blossomed into love.
As I wound the finished yarn onto my niddy-noddy, I saw how smooth and perfect the yarn had become, even though I thought that I was failing the entire time. I expected it to be bumpy and uneven, but I was so wrong. The love I had for it was deepening.
The bath only made it more perfect, and now that it is all twisted up into a hank, I am officially head-over-heels in love with it.
Okay, I know it is not perfect. I can see the flaws, too. But I love it nonetheless.
And I have a feeling that when I knit it up, it is going to be amazing!