Spinning – Deconstructed Sunset

In September, I added a 4 ounce braid of fiber to my monthly fiber club selection from https://www.etsy.com/shop/JuniperoDyeworks.  4 ounces of a BFL in the Rainbow Sherbet colorway.  I was very interested in spinning a gradient yarn.  A gradient yarn is one with long, slow color changes.  When I receive the braid of fiber, it has not been dyed in a way to make the gradient that I wanted.  It is in color blocks where about 4 inches of each color follow one another.  To get the gradient that I want, I would have to take this braid apart and then put it back together.  Over 3 months, I worked on dividing this fiber, organizing it and then spinning it back together into yarn.

The original fiber from Christy looked like this:

Rainbow Sherbet Fiber
JuniperoDyeworks, Rainbow Sherbet, 4 oz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then took the whole thing apart, putting it into relatively uniform color chunks.

Deconstructing the Fiber
Taking the fiber apart in small sections

 

Prepped Fiber
Prepped Fiber

The spinning seemed to take forever and the color changes were actually so gradual that I felt like I wasn’t making any progress!

Spinning In Progress 1
Spinning In Progress 1
Spinning In Progress 2
Spinning In Progress 2

 

 

After the spinning of the fiber was complete, then the fiber had to be plied.  I chain plied this turning it into a 3-ply yarn while preserving the color progressions.

Plying In Progress 1
Plying In Progress 1
Plying In Progress 2
Plying In Progress 2

 

And the finished yarn!  240 yards progressing from light yellow through to orange to peach to dark pink and ending in a light pink.

Completed Yarn 1
Completed Yarn 1
Completed Yarn 2
Completed Yarn 2

 

 

 

More to be added as I determine what to knit with this.

 

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