I bought several skeins of Manos del Uruguay Maxima in a mauvy-salmony color about four years ago for the Hepburn Pullover by Jennifer Wood. The pattern is lovely and the fiber is amazing. It’s a superfine merino and it haunts my dreams in the best way. However, I just recently started in on the sweater and the color of the yarn doesn’t inspire me as much now as it must’ve when I bought it.
Now don’t get me wrong, the color is gorgeous. It’s not that. It’s just that I usually don’t wear colors like this. I tend to gravitate to neutrals. Especially when it comes to wardrobe essentials, like this pullover.
But let me tell you, the time I’ve spent knitting this sweater has been like dating the yarn.
You read that right.
I’ve been dating my yarn.
Every knitting session, another date.
Each time I’ve worked the yarn, it has revealed something to me that I had never noticed before. As the fabric has developed, the subtle nuances in the hand-dyed fiber have as well, and I’ve begun to fall head over heels for the yarn. Which makes me think: when we knit with craft yarn (as opposed to commercial yarn which lacks those special nuances), there’s so much learning and relationship-building going on. We are growing to love (or…eh…not love.. ) the yarn—and the project as we get to know what it offers us.