Arco Iris Roving To Yarn...It Rocks!

Whenever something comes across my path that is 'Titled', I like to know as much as I can about it.  Such is the case with this 'Roving' I ordered last month, and just now felt I had enough spinning behind me to do it justice.  Now one of my all time favorite Spring flowers is the purple Iris.  So naturally, I had to check out the botanical species 'Arco Iris'.

Big surprise!!!  It's not a botanical species.  It's a human species...several of them.  Arco Iris (Spanish for Rainbow) were a rock group from the late 1960s until the late 1970s in Argentina and were influential in Argentine rock music history.  (read more HERE on Wikipedia).  How did a gal raised in the 60s not know this?  I was a 'Flower Child' wannabe, but on the wrong species side of the Iris.  Anywho, I spun a spool full of thick and thin single roving (picture one) and then plied it with a sparkly strand of mohair sock yarn and a Iris purple strand of lace weight mohair (picture two).

As I have mentioned before, the Ply part of spinning is my favorite technique.  I love the way it gives definition and added texture to the yarn.  With that in mind, it was a given that I would get a subscription to 'Ply' magazine.  2018's first publishing was all about 'Flax'.  If I were a spinner like my 5X Great Grandmother, who surely knew all about 'Field to Fabric Flax', I would have been more excited about this months magazine.  Since I'm a 'Sheep to Shop' spinner...heavy on the 'Shop'....it made for a good photo shoot.

All done! 
The 5ft. 4oz. braid divided into 8 strips spun and plied
yielded 40 yards of beautiful Arco Iris yarn.


peppylady (Dora) said...

Love the color

bookworm said...

Love that color combination! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

Joanne said...

Arco Iris pops! not rocks....


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