Throughout April, our family had been eagerly awaiting a certain huge movie release, so a name jumped out at me when it came time to name this month’s fiber (based on the above picture of multi-colored doors). I chose to ge with four colors, a blue sky turquoise, lemony yellow, a pretty pink coral, and a purply fuschia. I allowed the colors to blend together at transitions to get all the other colors of the spectrum.
The fiber for April is Wensleydale. While many fibers have a variety of ways to be spun, Wensleydale is really happiest spun thin, in worsted technique, with lower twist and ply. If too much twist is added, it makes the ends poke out and it gets prickly. The staple length is longer, so get your hands further apart. I really love the color blending that happened on this fiber.
For the yarn this month, I’ve been experimenting with different patterns. I wanted to do a gradient over matching 50 gram skeins, but I wanted a little more variation than just the gradient. So I added a grey stripe in there, as it fit with the theme. I love playing with the tool on Planned Pooling for experiments like this. Above is my prototype.
I’m super pleased with how it turned out. The yarn is Journey, a 4 ply Superwash Merino and Nylon blend, with plenty of yardage (~460 yards), in this case split between two matching 50 gram skeins. Due to the method of winding and dyeing, there are only two matching sets in the world, each turned out a bit different. Shown is one repeat, there are 4-5 repeats per set, so you don’t have to worry about using up the whole thing to get the entire gradient. I think this would be fun as ankle socks for summer. If you used a solid for toes and heels, you might even get two pairs of ankle socks from it. (Let me know if you want a matching mini or two!)