Today I wanted to show you the most basic of 'faux' gradient spinning, in our spinning gradient yarns series... creating your own gradient from pre coloured fibres you already have in your stash. Now this might seem like an odd place to start given that I am trying to sell my very own hand dyed gradients, but the madness will become clear as we progress through the next parts of this series.
Materials from www.SarasTextureCrafts.com
3 x 25g of Merino in three different colours
spinning implement of your choosing (spindle or wheel).
- Place your three colours in a line in an order that you find pleasing. I'm using colours Turquoise, Purple and Fuchsia.
- Pick up your first colour and start spinning... now because we are creating a swatch, I am not worried about truly consistant yarn, or aiming for a particular weight of yarn (4ply, dk, aran, etc.)
- When this colour finished, join your second colour and then the third afterwards.
- You now have a bobbin, or spindle cop full of yarn.
- To ply this yarn and balance it (singles often bias when knit) I have chosen to Navajo ply. Here is a link to a good video by Sarah Anderson at Interweave.
When you have finished plying, let you yarn rest either on the spindle/bobbin or a niddy noddy for a day. This will help relax any areas of slight over spin. You are now able to set your yarn in the usual way.
Knit up a swatch and take a good look at how the swatch knits up. You will note that the swatch as seen in my picture above knits in very distinct wedges of colour and breaks to the next colour very abruptly... now while this is great for some projects, in others you may wish something more subtle.
Please keep an eye on the blog for Part 3 where we discuss a more subtle form of faux gradient.
Don't forget that I started a Ravelry thread in the group for anyone who wants to share and chat about their gradient experiments.
Also just to mention that I have plenty of gradients and colour sets in stock for your to buy at www.sarastexturecrafts.com
Have a wonderful day... Sara x