So the 1950’s song by Guy Mitchell (I never felt more like singing the blues) was running through my brain as I was spinning this beautiful fibre: a luxury blend of 60& Merino wool, 20% Yak, and 20% silk, Hand painted by woolgatherings fibres. www.woolgatheringsfibres.com
I first split the roving in half lengthwise, then laid each half in a lazy S to determine the way it was dyed.
I then split it where each piece “turned”, splitting at the lightest and darkest ends.
I spun each half of the roving, using all the lightest fibres first, then the next colour, then the next, ending with the darkest colour. Spinning was a fine short backward worsted draw. The two bobbins were plyed together and the colours matched up nicely.
Resulting in a beautiful gradient cake of gorgeousness.
The cake is 484 yards of two ply luxury. It’s going to make a very pretty shawl.