A friend gave me this Mosaic Moon roving (merino in the "Midsummer's Eve" colorway) a month or two ago. I spun it up:
My idea was to divide the roving into two parts, and spin them in such a way that the color sequence stayed in sequence for each half, so that when plied they would roughly match and there would not be rampant barber-poling. I was unsuccessful:
Whether because the roving had different amounts of green and pink at the places I divided, or because I miscalcluated, the ethereal color progression I was hoping for did not keep up after the first bit of green with green. So, I don't think this will make a good shawl. Maybe a baby jacket. It's about 320 yards of sportweight.
I'm not disappointed, actually -- I've spun yarn like this before. It's fun and colorful. But for the look I was envisioning I think I would have to be much more scientific in the spinning process. More scientific than I am willing to be. For starters, I'd have to get a scale to weigh the wool before dividing it.
So -- how about that royal wedding? Specially composed music by John Rutter, maple trees in Westminster Abbey -- it was like church music geek heaven. And the dress was pretty too.