A wonderful new gradiance colorway, developed with the marvelous help of Laura and based on a photograph my son took of an Old Rock Wall.
First a word about the yarn itself:
Gradiance is a new word that Kelly and Laura (of The Unique Sheep) coined, as a mix of Radiance and Gradient --- hence the apparent (but not) mis-spelling. What it is is a gradual blending of yarn colors through a number of individual skeins.
Here is how these "dyers extraordinaire" describe the whole Gradiance concept:
We have developed a way of dyeing yarn so that as a set of skeins is used, your project will gradually change from one hand painted color to the next. Some sets have a dramatic shift in color, and others have more subtle transition. The gradually transitioned sets will work well to show off more complicated stitch patterns and lacework because each skein is “almost” solid. When working with Gradiance sets it is important to alternate skeins when switching from one successive skein to the next so the color change is almost seamless.
This set of four lovely skeins is hand-dyed in the lace weight Eos, a 50/50 blend of Merino and Tussah, divided into four separate little skeins, each of 315 yards (give or take) in its 100 grams total. So each set of four gives you a generous 1260 yards.
This colorway is exclusive to Earth Faire.
Below you can see the photo that started the wheels turning -- a striking wall from a ruin deep in the woods near here. Laura took it and made sets of four separate one-ounce skeins that make up this gradiance. Skein #1 has soft lilacs and lavenders -- you can see that in the rocks of the wall. Then the hues become bluer in skein #2. By skein #3, a bit of green has been added and in skein #4 the green is complete as a wonderful mossy mix, still soft and with a touch of blue-gray to it.
I am so absolutely delighted with the overall look -- the blend of colors is soft and full of life.
We asked Laura to dye it for us in a variety of different yarn bases -- each takes the dyes just a little differently and I wanted to play. This one in Eosis a really delicate beauty.