I’m a big fan of skill swapping. For me it’s a win-win. For this swap I received the yarn I needed for a project and in return I got to spin this wonderful fibre! The rainbow rolags were from Blue Barn Fiber, a new maker for me. I decided to spin them one after another to create a repeating rainbow pattern, which inspired the name ‘supernumeraries’. To bring out the rainbow colours I plied it with fine, soft, white Falkland wool.


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Sometimes seven stripes just isn’t enough.

Nature goes abundant – it gives us extra:

Supernumeraries – when the rainbow just doesn’t want to end.

It’s one of many sky stories. Like auras, sun dogs, halos and the northern lights.

Light dances with water

with ice

with dust.

Fields waltz together – electricity playing with magnetism to light the sky.

Nature is many things. But how often do we think of it as playful?

Maybe there’s a lesson to be learnt in that idea.

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Photo courtesy of Hutch at Dye Candy.


Title: Supernumeraries

Composition: Superwash merino and firestar plied with organic Falkland.

Weight: 156g / 19 WPI / sock weight or ‘4 ply’

Length: 644m / 705yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.


Date: September 2015

Skein code: 0068

Fibre: Organic Falkland, superwash merino, firestar.

Source: Falkland from Wingham Wool Work. Merino/firestar rolags from Blue Barn Fibers.

Status: Swapped

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