I bought the wrong color yarn again for my Color Affection Shawl. This time it was in person, at the last minute at the Rhinebeck sheep show. It's a pretty shade of turquoise, but the wrong color. I also bought a lighter shade of blue. It's the wrong weight. I wonder how many people spend time buying the wrong color yarn before they finally find the right one.
I am trying to match the colors to my favorite summer batik clothing, that I am determined to lose weight to wear again. (I'll let you know how that goes.) Looking at an article of clothing tonight under my Ott floor lamp, I saw that the blue is actually sapphire! I had a bracelet nearby with sapphire beads and held them against the purple and green for the shawl. It made sense. Now I know what color I am truly looking for, and I know it's fairly common, maybe I can find it in the right yarn. I think I may try next spring at Cummington, and then maybe at Southern Adirondack.
Today I did find a skein of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride in a color I wanted for a multicolor vest. I had bought one hand-dyed in about the same color, but the artisan said it might run, and I didn't want to take a chance. At least I know this is the right yarn, since it is what the rest of the yarn is for the vest.
The Rhinebeck sheep show has gotten huge. The number of cars in the parking lot was a lot for Sunday. Although there were new vendors there, it didn't seem to change much. There was still a lot of emphasis on specialty blends and dyes of yarn, most at fancy prices, too. I did see some lovely merino and bunny angora yarn at a good price. That was a rarity for the show.
I have so much knitting to do I don't know what gaps I need to fill except for my shawl. I'm going to try to do it as inexpensively as possible. Some yarn I can't wear anymore because I've become more sensitive. I hope to sell it to buy yarn I can knit and wear.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Several years ago I bought purple and green yarn to make a Color Affection Shawl to go with my favorite purple and green batik clothing. I needed the right shade blue to make it work. That was easier said than done. By this time I've visited several distance instances of fiber festivals and shops and never found the right shade. Today I took a chance on this beautiful color by Tuskenknits:
I know if it's not the right color I will still be very happy with it. Buying yarn over the web can be very tricky. I've had some disappointments, but it wasn't anyone's fault. Some larger companies could take more care, though, to make sure the yarn they're selling truly looks like periwinkle on the web and not bright reddish-purple instead.
I probably won't stop going to fiber festivals, though.