Gradient sock blank: Copper Canyon
Sock blanks are machine-knitted strips, which are then dyed to produce long gradual color changes. You can knit or crochet straight off the blank, if you like. Or some people prefer to unravel the yarn back into a skein, wash it, hang it to dry, and then wind it into a ball, so that there are less kinks in the yarn.
Copper Canyon is one of my most popular colorways, one that moves from burnished orange through sage green, sky blue, turquoise, verdigris, and deep dusky blue, with rich, gradual transitions. There may be pale or white speckling throughout the skein, where the knitted stitches overlapped and dye didn't penetrate all the way through.
This sock blank was knitted with 3.5 oz (100 g) of 75/25 superwash merino/nylon fingering yarn, measuring approximately 463 yards. The merino is soft and springy, while the nylon lends it durability. Recommended needle size: US 0-2 (2.0-2.75 mm). While items made from this yarn can be machine washed, hand washing in cold water is recommended, to extend the life of your handmade items. Lay flat to dry.