This batt is the same shade of rainbow as the skein at right. It's a somewhat subdued gradient with an almost gray overtone. The singles on the bobbin at left is from a batt that was much brighter and not muted. I only had one like that as the one that I gifted was a bright one.
The whole point of a rainbow is to preserve the color shift in the finished yarn. I could have unrolled the batt and divided it into two shorter batts of equal size and weight, carefully pulled off strips from one edge across to the other, spun two bobbins of ROYGBIV yarn and
I decided to experiment and ply it on a strong metallic thread. I saw it done on a video and it looked easy enough although the glittery part is a bit out of my normal
It IS pretty to look at, though.
I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with the second batt. *Maybe* I'll do as I outlined above and try for a two-ply yarn with colors that match up well enough to preserve the rainbow. I'd have to spin a pretty consistent singles. Hmmm. The brighter yarn currently on the bobbin is also a question. I could ply it with the same metallic thread or I could make a cabled three-ply yarn (aka Navajo ply) but when I tried that in a workshop last fall I wasn't jazzed with the way the yarn handled. I found it kind of stiff and clunky. I suppose I could ply it with plain white..... Good thing I'm not this indecisive about everything!
In other fiber news I sent more wool off to become roving - a big ol' bag of white Cotswold....
And a smaller bag of dyed Cotswold in a fun pumpkin-pie color.
And some of the previous lots I sent have returned! I've spun an ounce of each to make a sample and have yet to ply them. (Just nice simple ply-back-on-yourself two-ply. Whew.)
It didn't even occur to me until I set them next to each other that the grouping was so patriotic!
The coming week is supposed to be snowy and cold. Bleah. But we stay up on the hill and do chores and wash wool and keep the fires burning and live in our own little world, like this guy.