Finished Yarn Info: Great Green Gradient

Fiber Content: 50% Undyed Merino, 50% Peruvian Highland Wool

Style: Felted Single

Quantity: Approx 4 oz / 1000 yards

I don’t have a blending board, so before I begin spinning, I make all of my puni-style rolags on my hand carders. I used 5 grams of fiber for each rolag, blending from pure white to green. The white fiber is from Paradise Fibers, and the green is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Dill Heather. I use a gram scale to weigh out my fiber.

During the carding process, I was a little unsure of how much I would like the feel of a yarn that transitions from merino to peruvian highland wool.

I started with two 5g rolags of pure white. Then I added 0.5 of green and removed 0.5 of white every two rolags, finishing with four pure green rolags. This is so I would have extra pure green in case I decided to knit a shawl, or wanted to do a contrasting cast on or bind off against the white.

I store my rolags in plastic bags, mostly to keep them in order as I spin. I did not trust myself to keep them in order during the slow transition.
I decided to begin the spin with white, and spin halfway to green on one bobbin.

I could not stop taking pictures of this yarn as I worked on it. The transition in the first half felt really slow, but checking my pictures helped me see that it was actually turning green as I spun.

I’m not the greatest fan of bobbin chicken, so I spun the second half of my rolags onto a new bobbin.

At this point I decided not to ply the yarn and instead keep it as a felted single. I wrapped the yarn around my kitchen chairs spaced 4 meters apart, joining when I reached the end of the first bobbin.

It was SUPER crinkley when it came off the chairs, and that kind of scared me. I don’t have a ton of experience with felted singles, and for a moment I wondered if I shouldn’t just play it safe and chain ply it.
Luckily it straightened out after a nice hot bath followed by a drop into cold water.
This might not look like a large quantity of yarn, but this skein is as long as my arm!!!

Now I just need to decide what to do with it! Alice by Hiroku Fukatsu is a strong contender, because there are so many beautiful projects on Ravelry showcasing yarns with color transitions. The feel of the yarn is interesting with the transition from Merino to the Peruvian Highland Wool, but I think overall this project is a success.