Falling down the rabbit hole that is Ravelry, I found a new source for spinning fiber, again from the UK. Hilltop Cloud is located, more precisely, in Wales, and specializes in British breeds of wool. I was especially excited about her gradient dyed fibers.
I saw these kits (there are TWO kits pictured above) using Welsh Black Mountain fiber mixed with silk. The idea is that you spin up the colored fiber separately from the dark fiber and then knit them up as fair isle mittens. She has examples on her web site.
Of course you can spin this up in a variety of ways to achieve mitten yarn. You could split each colored braid in 2 length-wise, spin them up and 2 ply them so that you have exactly the same yarn for each mitten. Or spin it up and chain ply it to keep the colors together. Or fractal spin it. So many possibilities!
But I saw this combo and immediately thought “Brioche!”.
I bought 2 kits. My plan is to spin the colored braids from dark purple, through blue, green, yellow to red – and then add on the other braid starting from red, through yellow, etc etc so that in the end I have 2 bobbins. Each bobbin will be identical double rainbows. Then I will 2 ply them so that I have 100g of double rainbow yarn.
I’ll spin and ply up the dark brown to the same wpi.
Then I will knit them together into a 2-color brioche shawl. Ta da!
I was so excited that I started on the color right away, the same night that I got the package in the post (VERY quick shipping by the way).
She also has a lot of undyed fiber in her shop and I couldn’t resist trying some from a breed of sheep I’d never heard of – Dorset Horn. I bought 200g for 8£ total. Wow!
It’s pretty soft (not as soft as Merino, but far softer than Texel) and looks like it will be wonderful to spin. AND it just so happens that the “Spinner’s Study” group on Ravelry has voted to study Dorset Horn in January! Perfect!
I will certainly buy from Hilltop Cloud again. Stay tuned for more photos of this gorgeous fiber!