This was another of those projects where a customer asks me to spin their fibre, and when the fibre arrives it is stunning and plays so nicely whilst you draft and spin it. I loved the bright colours in this braid, and they got me thinking of the old meanings of flowers. I wondered if the colours would lead to a description of what if feels like when amazing yarn arrives and begs to be shaped into a new creation.
They say there was once a language of flowers.
A secret code; a subversion of social restrictions.
A bouquet could be made of wild, or cultivated, or exotic blooms.
Magenta-pink orchids stood for beauty and luxury.
The exclusive orange saffron meant mirth!
What about lime-green? Maybe gooseberry fruits or leaves. They stood for anticipation.
Beautiful blue cornflowers would mean delicacy.
And for purple? Violets: love, and faithfulness.
Anticipation, delicacy, mirth, beauty and love.
I think that’s a perfect description.
Composition: 80/20 superwash merino/silk
Weight: 125g / 20 WPI / sock weight
Length: 681m / 745yd approx.
Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.
Date: October 2015
Skein code: 0072
Fibre: 80% superwash merino, 20% silk
Source: Fibre supplied.