I’ve never been one for KALs, SALs,* or anything-else-alongs, preferring to shut up in my hidey hole and go about my business at my own pace. But my last experience with Pigeonroof Studios roving was something I was craving to repeat so I decided to have another little taste.
I’m torn between actually making this into socks which I first set out to do with my original order of PRS superwash merino roving, or having it nearer to my head or hands… I’m quite the sucker for greens and oranges and this takes the cake! I’m leaning towards socks, so I will make this a three ply just in case. I know I won’t get very good yardage with a three ply, but this is so summery that it begs to be short socks.
And then over the winter it was announced that there would be a special color for a limited two-month window to act as a spin-along and um, I caved when I saw it was a green blend for May/June called “Mimsy.” I’ve never done anything at the same time with a group with the exception of occasionally knitting the same thing along with (or after) a knitter friend (who I knew in life, not virtually). I feel like it is what… too conformist? Too creepy and whiffs of citizens of a bad government all marching as one? Too… what? I’ve secretly longed to be in a few quilt block contribution projects that I learned about after the fact, but I don’t want to waste the time trolling the various interwebsocialnetworkingblatheringblogtimewasting sites to find one currently open. At the moment the greatest benefit I can see in a -along is the motivation to work with a material in a timely manner and/or other people might be able to offer suggestions, tips, etc., if something comes up or a decision needs to be made. I’ve been lurking on the PRS group on ravelry and they seemed like a nice bunch, so I jumped into the common soup (you can’t make me drink the cool-aid though).
I also justified the purchase by requiring myself to learn a new technique with this spin, so I got the colorway in BFL (Bluefaced Leicester) so I could make felted/fulled singles or try Navajo/chain plying for the first time. However, I jumped the gun and already experimented with Navajo plying and suck at it, so it is back to a question of the singles. I was thinking that I would make mitts or mittens with the finished yarn since it matches one of my tealy-blue wool jackets, but if I make singles, I will have more yardage than hand wear would need and I fear the yarn might not be quite as hard-wearing as it would be if plied, so neck wear it will probably be instead.
(I hesitate to mention that I also have some solid turquoise-ish** roving that could be blended or plied with it to stretch it further, but I could potentially screw it up.) But that does get me thinking… Spinning beautifully dyed wool always results in beautiful yarn, and in a way I feel a little bit like I’m cheating since I didn’t dye it myself. Sure everyone spins differently and the colors can really change depending on the technique, but it all ends up being uniform in its gorgeousness. So if I blend it with another color, my potentially f*cked-up skeins would at least be unique and more of a I’ll-do-it-by-myself-thankyouverymuch along… hmm…
And then what was that, there was a sale?
Yeah, I have a problem…
And the even bigger problem with this last acquisition is that I’m contemplating getting a third braid to go with this project – a striped shawl/scarf – and a third would make it larger, and I mostly like a big-ass neck thing these days. I’m thinking either a yellow or a brighter deeper green might work… and keep it in a monochromatic-ish palette, but what attracted me to PRS in the first place is its often joyful disregard of monochromaticity, but whatever, I love these colors.
This is your face on PRS.
*Knit Along, Spin Along.
**None of the pictures with the color blue are remotely accurate in terms of color – anything with blue should be more greenish. The last one is almost right in terms of the wool, however I am not pink (and I do have an index finger on that hand).
The rovings are, from top picture to bottom:
Zucchini blossom in Merino Superwash
Mimsy in BFL
Jadeite in Merino Superwash
Lettuce in Merino Superwash