I want to show you something that I think is fascinating. This is Translucence, a yarn I dyed — just playing with the colours, letting them lead me where they wanted — and then instantly fell in love with. Head over heels…
When you first pick it up, you think it’s a simple blue-grey. But when you look closer, you see the most incredible, delicate play of colours: yes, the blues and greys are there, but they’re mixed in with warm pinks, watery greens, and soft purples. It’s an incredibly subtle and complex colourway.
(…You know what, I really should dye more of Translucence. I think I will — soon. If you like it as much as I do, keep your eyes open for it over the next few weeks.)
Ok, but here’s what I wanted to show you… Translucence is created from three colours that I mix up and then carefully apply to the yarn in a specific order: first one, then another, and then the third. In my mind, I see these three colours as points on a triangle, which I approach from one direction and work my way around.
And I wondered what would happen if I approached that triangle of colours from another direction. Are you ready? Here it is…
The same three colours, the exact same recipe, just applied in a different order. It’s incredible, isn’t it? What a difference!
This is Resplendence and it’s got burnished pinks, gentle blues, and warm greens, all peeking through a beautiful golden yellow that acts as the (maybe) defining colour of the mix. And, even though this is a variegated colourway and even though each of these colours is definitely holding its own against the others, it would still work beautifully for lacework — the colours blend so beautifully that they would work even with a complicated stitch pattern and you’d end up with one incredibly stunning result.
It’s as beautiful as Translucence, but completely different. And all I did was approach the triangle of colours from another direction. That kinda blows my mind. Does it blow yours too?
Here’s more fun stuff: new yarns in the shop! I went for some seriously intense blues and greens. Think of summer sunlight, think of cool water, think of gentle shade under a leafy tree…
Clockwise from top left: Estelle fingering weight merino/cashmere/nylon yarn in Dry and Blue Sky, Tuesday Blue, Lost, and Cove