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28 Mar '12

Color Studies: Pea Green

I've been looking for that "just right" shade of yellowy-green for ages, but I feel like I've come up empty-handed each time I tried a new color experiment. This elusive color is outside my personal range of green, being a blue-purple sort of girl. My recent pink exploration gave me the inspiration I needed to start testing colors to find a specific hue. I'm going to call this new project "Color Studies". I managed to start in the right place, lots of bright, sunny yellow & just a hint of warm primary blue. This is my kind of green, very spring, not very olive. I replaced the sunny yellow with a more golden cousin in the same proportions as the first test, just to see how the color would evolve. I was a little shocked by how much a difference two different yellows made in the overall outcome of the mix. My dyeing style is primarily adding one dyestock to the yarn, then another after the first has exhausted, which yields layers of colors without much mixing of the stocks. It seems obvious now that I need to get a little more in-touch with color mixing outside the dyepot! My next color was a middle ground, half the sunny yellow plus half the gold, and the same amount of blue. This was finally heading in the direction I wanted to push myself! At this point I began to see that I wasn't using enough dye. These greens were fun, but not very saturated. When a whole skein can go in the pot and come out with lighter spots, there just isn't enough dye to go around. While seeing that tonal effect was necessary to get a feel for the different absorption rates of the dyestock components of the mixture, the color I was really looking for would be a bit darker. In came Tweak A, where I finally started adjusting the proportions of yellow to blue. Tweak B was actually a return to sun + blue, with adjusted proportions and intensity. Even though I felt like I had a good "pea green" already, I couldn't help but want to return to my personal favorite. I have lots of yarn to get ready to deliver this week, so these colors won't be appearing on the Etsy site until next Monday. The good news about that is I get to put up one more set of color experiments I did before next week, and then I get to put together a rather large collection of what I call "Fat Quarters". Fat Quarter sets get four different colors, 25g per color. These quarter sets make great colorwork packages as well as mini skeins for blanket projects and such. Ultimately, I think all five colors are keepers. The challenge now is find names for all of these shades. I'm totally open to ideas in the comments!

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