After watching the videos I grabbed the Mountain Colors Targhee in Peppergrass I had in my stash and got to spinning. First, I laid the fiber out to see what kind of colors I had to explore. At first glance it seemed rather random. There was actually some progression: lt blue, lt green, dk blue, dk green, lt blue
I pulled off some fiber and started dividing it up to try some different ways of spinning it up. This is my first time spinning targhee and I love it. It spins easily and it's very springing and soft.
Sample 1 -
I pulled off a section of color above that runs from a light blue-yellow-dark blue - dk blue green- light blue. Then split that bit in half then in half again which gave me a 6 gram bit of fiber that was thickness of my thumb.
I spun this short forward draw with twist entering the fiber supply. Then chain plied it to preserve the colors. I forgot to do measurements for yardage which I will do in the future. It's a light worsted yarn,
Sample 1 - On the bobbin
Sample 1 - 3 ply yarn that should stripe some.
Sample 1 - Knit the sample on US 7 - 4.5 needles. I like the color progressions.
Sample 2 - Split the fiber up like above.
Sample 2 - Then flipped the colors around so the yellows overlap with the dark blue green. 2 ply, 5:1 ratio, short forward draw. sport-dk, 6 grams
Sample 2 - How it looks on the bobbin
Sample 2 - 2 ply sport to dk weight yarn.
Sample 2 - Knit on US 6 - more muted effect than Sample 1
Sample 3 - took a full color section - then separated the colors.
Sample 3- Divided each color in half again
Sample 3 - 5:1 ration over the fol long draw with some take up. Take two colors at a time over the fold so I get some color marl in the singles.
Sample 3 - 7grams got a thick and thin worsted 2 ply
Sample 3 - Knit swatch gives me more variation and marled colors. This creates a more all over color with some bits of yellow green.
From the top: Sample 3, Sample 1, Sample 2
Sample 2 - Sample 1 - Sample 3
My two favorites are Sample 1 and Sample 3 . Sample 3 I think will knit up like it shows whether I knit a sweater or a hat. However, I think Sample 1's striping will be less noticeable in larger item. If spin the full thickness of the top with out splitting it might come out close for a small item like a hat or mittens. So I'm going to spin like I did for Sample 1 using the full thickness of the fiber then knit up a hat.