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Catching Up . . . with Twists, Colors, and Caps

Posted by mtmom on May 23, 2010

Little baby aspen leaves mean spring is spring-ing here on the mountain!

I’ve mostly been working on the swatch for my Cast On pattern submission, but a few other recent completions somehow missed being documented here, so I think it’s time for some catch-up!

First, here’s the current state of the “real” swatch (vs my multi-colored swatch for trying out motifs and yarns):

3 wide and 3 narrow motifs to choose among

Due in Ohio by June 1, so I’ve got to finish it and pack it off very soon.

I have 2 ideas yet to try, one involves the lean of the twisted stitches, the other. . . is secret for now!  😉

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Latest progress on Fair Isle sampler scarf, motifs from Philosopher’s Wool.

And here are some recent give-away projects:

"3-Color Spiral Cap"

"3-Color Spiral Cap", top view

trying out Red Heart "Soft" yarn, colorway "Embers"

trying out Noro "Silver Thaw"; hat and short scarf with buttons

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Finally, some yarn “progressions” — groups of similar hue and saturation/purity, but a range of light/dark value:

Shetland blues, by value

Knit Picks greens, by value

Shetland oranges, by value

Shetland purples, by value

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Yarn Progressions — Part 1

Posted by mtmom on April 11, 2010

Mountain Mom continues to explore Color Theory!

“Part 1” because I hope to post more on this topic, as I learn more.  May take some experimentation time between some installments, but so far I’m just tossing around yarn balls.  (he he!)

Sometimes, I wish I had an “expert”/”artist” like Blacksmith knitter looking over my shoulder and giving me pointers . . . , but then I figure that wrestling with it myself may ultimately be more instructive . . . right?  Maybe?

So here’s a photo gallery of some families of yarns (I went first to my reds and neutrals) arranged in progression by value, or else by hue or by “warmth” (really a kind of hue progression, but this was more how I thought of it as I grouped them).  I want the “steps” between colors to be about even, from one to the next, with no big jumps to jar the eye.  The idea is, that I could use one of these groupings as a foreground or background in a Fair Isle style pattern-band, and they would “go together”.  I would arrange them to be dark–medium–light–medium–dark, or cool–medium–warm–medium–cool, for instance, highlighting the center rows of the motif with the lightest or warmest or brightest of a “series”, or with the pairing of greatest contrast between MC and CC.

What I have *not* yet been able to assemble, though, is a progression by saturation or brightness/dullness; that’s where you have a pure-hue yarn (like a red-red) plus yarns with that hue progressively diluted with its opposite/complement (like more and more green), heading toward duller/grayer/more muted.  I either don’t see like that, or just haven’t bought yarns like that.

by value -- 4 solid (vs heather) grays

by value -- 3 solid pink/reds

by value -- 4 other reds; some heather, some solid (hmmm?)

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by value -- 4 cooler (as opposed to "golden") solid browns

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by value -- more neutrals, but heathery; one "harlequin" with purple/green/orange flashes, at 5 o'clock.

by hue/warmth -- 3 reds/oranges of similar brightness

by hue/warmth -- grayer to yellower, neutrals of similar value

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