Well, as they say, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” So true.
I had planned on trying to imitate the colors from a beautiful photograph of a snake, using pale avocado and sort of rusty/terra cotta colors. Hoooo-boy, was that a mistake! Well, not so much a mistake in trying, but a mistake in announcing my intentions ahead of time and then having the results turn out not at all as I’d envisioned.
My color-mixing was way off, and my saturation levels were also badly calculated. I’m not really disappointed in the results themselves, just that what came out wasn’t what I’d intended. I tried with two different combinations; those are the Solo hanks #360 and 361. Both of those will definitely work up into some interesting spiral stripe socks.
Once I realized I wasn’t going to succeed in my intentions this week, I went ahead and used the dyes I’d mixed and created Twinsets with the rest of the yarns. Most of the dyes I used were blends, and some were blends of previous blends. No single-dyes were used on any of these, and no purples were used at all — it’s all blended colors, so I can’t exactly recreate any of them to match. Twinset #348-349, is a blackened turquoise (not teal).
Twinset #344-345 came out as a sort of French Gray Fade. When I was doing colorpencil work I learned that warm gray tends toward the red end of the spectrum and cool gray tends toward the blues, but French gray tends toward the browns, which I found fascinating as I had thought that gray is gray. Much of what I learned by doing colorpencil work helps me with mixing dyes now. 🙂
I’m thinking one of #350-351 would pair with one of either #338-339 or #346-347 for a striking two-tone color stranded project on circular needles cast on 91, join into a circle, knit 5 garter stitch ridges (knit a round, purl a round, etc.) then knit 3 purple, 3 orange, and repeat forever and ever until the tube scarf is long enough or you run out of yarn, then repeat the garter stitch edging at the other end. Casting on 91 will give you a spiral leaning to the right; casting on 89 will make a left-leaning spiral. It will be heavy scarf (two layers of standed knitting), but if you use size 6 or 8 needles the knitting will be loose .
Similarly, pairing any of the fades with one of the more solids would work up the same way. Personally I like the idea of a darker solid with a lighter fade, but it can go the other way as well, lighter solid and darker fade.
These are all Phydlbitz Sock (75/25 SW Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards) and are $27.00 each. Once processed, they should be ready to ship on or before Wednesday.
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edit: The yarns not claimed from the preview racks below have been reskeined and their presentation photos posted to the Blog Reader Specials page; click through to see which yarns remain available at the time of your visit.