Thursday, July 28, 2005

Swatching for color

I love to swatch.
Right now I'm swatching for interesting color/texture, by combining two yarns. I've been inspired to do this by the words (yes I read the articles) in Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson owner of Purl in NY.

The first one is one strand of Aurora 8 and one of Kid Seta. The colors are f-ed up. The Kid Seta is chocolate brown & the A-8 is a sorta of dried blood browny-red. The effect shows well though - a mottled effect that I really like.

The one is also A-8 (peacock) & Kid Seta (indigo). The colors are more true here.

The same mottled effect. What you can't see is the slightest of halo the Kid Seta creates & it feels beyond sexy. This is going to be a sweater for Knitty when it grows up.

This swatch is also a great reminder about 'you and your personal gauge'. The bottom part of this swatch was knit by Carla on 10.5 - 5sts to 1 inch. The top half by this here loosey goosey on 9s - 4 sts to 1 inch. Your swatch is your friend.

This is two yarns from Habu that I bought at Purl.
Both are naturally dyed. The yarn on the left is silk & the color is pretty true. Thee yarn on the right is a little more orange in reality & is mohair/silk.

This combo is to become some sort of lace goodie before the Fall is through. I'm trying to be realistic, really.

Did I mention that after nearly 3 years of searching I've finally found a knitting group I love? Hooray. As a bonus, it's got a cool spin-off spinning group too.

I think I fixed my comments so that anyone can leave one. Not just BLogger freaks. Thanks Kerri, for pointing it out. I'm so glad you are non-finishing Gemini too!


Blogger CJ said...

Wow, that dried blood - Aurora 8 looks almost pink in the photo. I will attest to how gorgeous it is in person.

Glad the house was standing when you got home!

10:33 PM  
Anonymous kerrie said...

Yay! I can comment! I love the effect you can get with mixing totally different yarns, the swatches look beautiful... So glad to have you back in the blog world, we missed you. x

4:55 AM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

very hip! I will have to do some experimenting myself now! ;)

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Emma said...

fab !
I'm so thrilled to ''see'' you again !
Those swatches are very interesting,and have set me on a new path with some silk and Rowan's KidSilk Haze.
I need some [more] time. ;-]

8:19 AM  
Blogger amy [Knitty] said...

i missed that Habu yarn -- it looks even yummier than when you bought it.
way to swatch, girl!

8:31 PM  
Blogger Medusaleh said...

Yum, yum, yum. Habu can do no wrong...I just did a freakola sweater for my sister stranding Rowan wool cotton with entirely (but only theoretically) the wrong color of Kidsilk Haze...if she hates it she can give it back to me. I feel you, my girl.

4:02 PM  

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