This past month, I decided to create a gradient of colors on my drum carder. It's almost all the colors in the rainbow (leaving out yellow and orange). Most tutorials show how to create a single batt that contains a gradient. However, I knew that I wanted a large amount of yarn of each color, so in this instance, I created a single batt that contained each color, and then pulled the batt into roving using my Spinner's Multitool.
My gradient starts with green, and ends with a dark pink. These were created from Spring and Confetti. The blues and purples in the center were created from Orion's Nebula. Where I had similar colors lurking in my stash, I blended those in too.
To start, I carded three colors - the pale green, the middle blue, and the pink. Then I blended each together with its neighbor to create an intermediary color, and then once again, for a total of seven colors. I'd meant to create a video tutorial showing how this is done, but after spending a whole day recording, the video was out of focus! Maybe next time.
I did manage to get a video (with no narration) showing how the colors are blended on the drum carder - in thin layers to promote a heathered effect in the final yarn. There's more detail on how layering colors works in this post.
Once all the fiber was carded and pulled into roving, I spun it into singles. Most of the fiber in this blend is Falkland, which is a medium wool with lots of bounce. I also knew that I wanted a bulky yarn. Mostly I spin very fine yarn, so this was a challenge for me, but I took my time and checked my yarn thickness with my spinner's multitool. I spun the singles at 18 wraps per inch, then chain-plied them . After wet finishing (with a good thwacking), the final wraps per inch measurement is between 6-9 wraps per inch - a nice thick yarn like I wanted!
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