Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dipping into the dye-pot: Not every one is a winner

Another blogger made a lovely compliment about our dyeing skills the other day - and as nice at that is - I wanted to share with you a little secret... not everything that comes out of the dye-pot is quite what we expect.

Occasionally, inspiration for colours comes through photos. I found this one while goofing around on the internet one day...... and I knew I wanted to capture those colours in yarn. So I set to it. It didn't seem so bad at first - but on reflection......I hated it. The purples aren't so purple... they are much more orangey/burgundy - and they just don't jive with the eye-bleeding yellow and green. This one was temporarily called "Frog in a flower" - but after reskeining - Mom called it "Frog in a blender".

Now... one thing I've also learned... just because I don't like something, doesn't mean someone else will feel the same way. So we put it to our faithful Ravelry group members... and they are just about tied when it comes to love/hate.

So.. we've put it in the shop (and renamed it Carnival)

If it doesn't sell, we'll subject it to the magic of over-dyeing!

9 comments:

Araignee said...

Far me it from me to ever offer anyone advice on either dyeing or color choices but I really would like to see that knit into something.

Minding My Own Stitches said...

As you know I've just starting knitting some socks in your "peeps" colourway, and I'm completely gobsmacked by how beautiful it is. It reads almost solid - perhaps because the colours are pastel and similarly muted? - but it's absolutely stunning.

Lesson learned? You never know until you see it knit up!

Knatolee said...

Me too! I find it oddly appealing!

Monika said...

You know that I love it. I would knit a long cowl with it.

Dee said...

It's not a favorite of mine, but I don't think it looks bad.

Dee said...

I don't think it looks bad at all.

gayle said...

I liked the name "Frog in a Blender" better...

RobinH said...

I'd probably like it better after overdying, but it doesn't look bad -would be interesting to see how it knit up.

catsmum said...

overdyeing cures a lot of ills