This summer I decided to train up my spinning skills by doing some different color study activities. And since I'm spinning them to learn, instead of spinning them for specific projects, I will be putting them up in the shop.
This yarn is an experiment in chain-plying, which produces a 3-ply yarn. It is a rounder, tighter ply that is still soft and lofty. But it reduces the barber-poling, and keeps similar colors together so that the yarn has a smoother transitions in color. I was surprised when I received the roving in the mail - the photo looked like soft pastels, but the wool looked like Candyland on steroids. I was surprised (and pleased) at how this spinning technique softened those bright colors into gentle pastels. There were fairly short runs of color, and the fibers were long, so as the fibers were pulled into the yarn, they mixed the colors together. I would never have realized that length of fiber (which you can't see by looking) compared to length of color run, could have such a dramatic effect on yarn. So I learned a crucial lesson there.
When knit up it makes narrow stripes of color, with soft, blurred transitions between colors, almost like a Monet. The swatch in the final photo is a sample of linen stitch in this yarn.
The yarn is a soft merino, not quite as soft as my 19 micron yarn, but then nothing else quite is.