Sunday, September 07, 2008

Stash Revealed

I know you all have been dying to know what was in that Knit Picks box; I'll admit it was a little cruel of me not to show you right away. Forgive me? Full pictures are in my Flickr and my Ravelry stash, but here's the gist of it.

First up, four skeins of Shadow, a basic 100% wool laceweight. This colorway is called Basalt. It's a dark gray with just a hint of reddish purple. I'm not sure what this will turn into just yet, but maybe Ene's Scarf or Matilda.

The majority of the contents of the box was colors of the same yarn -- Palette -- specifically for an Ivy League Vest. I ordererd eight different colorways because I wasn't sure of the combination based on the pictures online, so I need your help in deciding (I only need six for the vest). One color -- Wood -- got thrown out right away because it turned out to be a little too orange for my taste. Here are the two possible combinations. I'm definitely decided on the top three colors in each picture, but the others I just can't settle on.

Combination A: (top row, left to right) Mist, Twig, Bark; (bottom row, left to right) Calypso Heather, Tidepool Heather, Rainforest Heather

Combination B: (top row, left to right) Mist, Twig, Bark; (bottom row, left to right) Pool, Calypso Heather, Tidepool Heather

I think what's giving me such trouble in making up my mind is that Rainforest Heather actually has a fair amount of purple in it, which seems to clash a bit with the browns, but the Pool seems significantly brighter than the two heathers next to it. What do you think?

I'm hoping to have a new project to show you in the next couple of days, but as it is Sunday, here's today's Spinning Sundays content: I finished the third, and final, bobbin of my CMF superwash merino this morning.


I think I'm going to have to break out the jumbo plying head to ply this stuff up. I can't wait to see how this yarn turns out!

14 comments:

Barbara Prime said...

I would go with the second combo. Having that bit of pretty sky blue in the vest will really make it vibrant. The three greens might be too close to really do the pattern justice.

weezalana said...

At first glance, I thought Combo A, with the way those three greens flow together. But the more I look at Combo B, the more I like it! You've got two complementary shades of brown, ditto with green, then mist and pool for contrast. It'll make a very eye-catching vest!

Liz K. said...

I really combo B the best. I liked combo A at first, but I think the pool will be a nice pop of color. The other colors will tone it down a bit too.

Knitty Geek said...

I agree with everyone else - I love the second combo. The blue would look so bright and happy next to the browns and greens.

Yvonne said...

You can always whip out your handy dandy value finder and take the color out and just look at the value of the yarn, and make a decision that way. :) Perhaps knit a smallish swatch with the different combos and see what works best.

LisaBe said...

wow--i'm the only one who votes for the first one? i think that the bottom center green in the second combination clashes with the other two greens--not the right coolness. but the greens in the top combination are all the same... (gah--my color theory is escaping me--hue? they're all the same degree of yellowness).

Carrie K said...

I like combo A myself, the greens seem to slow into one another - but will that make the FI patterning recede?

I suppose swatching is the only real way to tell....

Donna said...

I prefer combo A. I like the dark of the Rainforest rather thatn the bright pool. It 'feels' more like the vest...

Dana said...

I'm leaning towards combo A myself (although I think I'm in the minority). The 'Pool' just seems like it stands out too much compared to the others (unless you're using it specifically for an accent color).

Can't wait to see what it becomes!

Vtknitboy said...

i think the colors in combo a will all blend together and the pattern will get lost. (although i like the colors.) i'd go with b.

Jess said...

I like the colors in combo A. The purple doesn't stick out to me. If anything it could add depth.

Pool just really sticks out to me in combo B. I don't know why.

Can't wait to see!

Jen said...

Based on the photo, I am partial to combination A, but then I've always thought that purple and brown look nice together. Looking forward to seeing your plied handspun!

guiltypleasures said...

I'm favoring combination A, but to be honest, I really don't think you could go wrong with either. I know, some help I am.

Oh.... 3 ply. My favorite!

Kyle Kunnecke said...

I'm a combination "B" guy! :)