Two days ago a bag of merino roving in various colours arrived to my studio, and yesterday I planned a test spin. After choosing nice colour sets and sequence of shades in each set, I decided on a new super bulky cowl design and this yarn being used for it. Initially I wanted a random colour mix yarn but then thought that it would be interesting to try to create one colour segment at a time and join the segments as I go. The plan is to single ply in Z and then two-ply in S.
The challenge here is the join. The amount of fibre in each colour is different so there is no way I could get two singles similar enough to spin a double that would keep the colour segments in place. If I am to spin stripes of one colour set into a single and then spin the single into a two-ply yarn, then how do I continue with the next colour set? The best tool choice in this case is my wooden drop spindle- it is slow, and will give me enough time to figure out my technique. Since the colour stripes will not be that long I could always let the singles twist on themselves rather than spinning them on a spindle. Oh, so impatient to get started! And here are the colour sets for my Seven Rainbows hank.
These beautiful colours turned into a lovely Seven Rainbows hank of merino double. I had fun working out the joints, which I write about in this post. The hand-spun yarn is used for the bulky → Seven Rainbows Cowl.