I can't believe that I am the only person who greatly prefers hand-painted yarns when they are twisted into delicious-looking skeins that cleverly show off all the flashes and splashes of colour rather than when they have been knitted up and are looking murkier and muddier and altogether less beautiful and eye-catching.
Believe me, I have done my best to love these yarns in their knitted state. Who wouldn't when they start off these like Colinette skeins (they make me think of jam tarts and plum crumbles)? But still they don't quite live up to the expectations they create, not in my eyes at least.
Nevertheless, I have bought some recently - not just because I like to see them in skeins (in fact I'm sorely tempted to create some sort of skein artwork/showcase so that I can see them in all their softly wound glory) - but because I want to prove to myself that they can be used differently, in a way that exploits their changeableness but isn't made dull by it. I don't expect you to agree that it's a necessary task to set myself, but isn't that what paradoxes are all about?
The yarns are Colinette Cadenza DK Merino in 'Windfall' (bottom) and 'Raphael' (top): both go well with Tiptree jam colours.