Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lessons in colour

What looks good in a skein, expertly twisted and displayed to enhance the stunning deep red, does not necessarily look so lovely wound in a ball and may well look quite disastrous knitted into a shawl.

Hmmm... I don't hate it but I'm far from liking it... I might hate it.

I haven't started the lace bit yet and I keep telling myself that I will like it then...I really should have stuck to one colour, or a more subtle blending with looooonng colour changes not this short colour change bizzo. Sigh.

'tis ok tho. I have plan B. First I need to finish knitting then drop the whole thing into a vat of deep red dye - the cream will go red, the red will deepen, the brown will deepen, the yellow will go brown.

Plan C.. if that is a disaster, drop the whole lot into a vat of black/brown dye.

I'll be back a bit later if I can redeem my poor judgement.

Oh! the pattern is a freebie (and quite beautiful) Tinks and Frogs Rue - Larch Scarflet


W-S Wanderings said...

I know just what you mean. I don't know how many things I've started knitting with yarn that I LOVED, only to discover that it just was NOT working. I think your backup plans are brilliant though. I betcha it'll look stunning after the first plan - the red dye. It'll get all tonal-like. Can't wait to see.

All Things Good said...

This is an interesting lesson learnt by you. I use to spin my own wool but did not have this problem as the colours were all browns. I actually like the colours in what you are creating. I dropped in cause I thought you might like my post on history of gnomes

Eloise said...

I have had the same trouble with variegated yarns. Now I look up projects made with the yarn, on Ravelry to get an idea of the way the colour pools. (doesn't work for uncommon/artisan dyed yarn).
You could try over-dyeing with onion skins...it should give the deep rust that is already in the yarn. I'd love to see your results!

The Mama. said...

Well, you know... if you don't want to muck with dyes, you do have my address...