Okay, so I’ve been working on this shawl pattern, using the new (as yet not-officially-named) fingering yarn, 80% superwash Merino/20% Silk, 430 yards.
A client asked for “Dusty Rose” and it took 3 tries to get it ‘dusty’ enough. The first two were nearly alike, one only slightly more saturated than the other, but neither was right for the client. So I kept these aside for myself to see how they work up.
I started with a familiar and simple pattern: My Boxy-Boxes shawl from several years ago (originally done in sock yarn):
and I just now realized on the original that the big squares are 5 boxes wide and tall, and I’m doing this current one with squares just 3 boxes wide and tall. Oh well, whatever.
I started the shawl with the light of the two rose balls, realizing that when I run out and tried to change balls there would be a clear difference. So when I near the end of this ball, I will end the current direction of my work, and use a contrast color around the bottom portions.
I took the second rose ball and over dyed it with electric purple (you can see a hint of the rose in the picture), and also dyed a sky blue and a teal. And I’m not sure I like any of my options, but I’m going to leave this here and see which ones you think would work — the purple, the blue, or the teal? Or some combination of them? Keep in mind the contrast color will form the bottom “V” border, and perhaps a row or two across the top. And I will be using a different stitch pattern, yet to be determined.
Or should I just go back to the drawing board and dye up another ball or two of really richly saturated Dusty Rose to make the border just a darker shade of the main field color?
The first pic is the flash, the second shot is overcast daylight without flash.