At one point, Rowan Yarns seemed ready to discontinue one of our favorite yarns. In protest, I wrote a sonnet.
The Indigo Blues: A Sonnet
A yarn to hate, we’ll grant you that for sure:
Its core is white; the dye outside is blue.
You’d never see this yarn in haute couture—
Who knits with twine like this? Someone askew.
Fifteen percent of what you make will shrink,
And wooden needles turn an inky shade.
Your fingers, too, will make folks start to think
Your dismal circulation needs first aid.
But Rowan Denim stands the test of time,
The prickly friend whose loyal ways you’d miss.
It wears like iron, yet washes up sublime.
Beloved jeans don’t feel as soft as this.
This shrinky, fadey, finger-tinting stuff
Is what we love to knit, can’t love enough.
Did Rowan end up discontinuing Rowan Denim? No, reader, they did not.