Sometimes things just aren’t what they appear to be. I find this especially true of multi-hued hanks of yarn.
Attracted by color schemes that just intrigue or fascinate, a purchase is made, with or without project in mind. To be sure, swatching may provide some indication of things to come, as the colors unfold and loop into knit stitches, but unless one is a knitter of huge swatches, then the mystery still lingers in the mind. And personally, I have yet to knit a huge swatch for any project. Not to say that swatches aren’t important in determining gauge and drape, but generally, when it comes to colorways unfolding, they are rather useless in my opinion.
By way of example:
this image of the KnitPicks Blaze color initially attracted me because I thought it would be a short color repeat and I really didn’t think the base color would be that terrible orange color which I’m loathing.
Boy, was I so wrong on this call. The base color of the entire repeat is the orange. And for somewhat bizarre reasons, no matter how many times I tried knitting with it, I just couldn’t make it happen. First I threw it back into my stash, deeply buried, and then I considered throwing it away ….. seriously. In the end, I gave it to a friend and she can do whatever the hell she wants with it. I don’t care. I just never want to see this wool again.
On the other hand, this particular yarn, called Lagoon, seems to be leaning more on the bursts of color side, with the base seemingly predominately white. It really looks like it will knit up this way. Once again …. WRONG!
From the way the hank is laid out, and even after winding, it looks like this neutral color will be the foundation color. But let me just say, THIS hank is providing the short color bursts repeats. And it’s lovely.
I suppose this is the magic of knitting with multi-hued tonal yarns. The colors as they appear in ball form, hanks or skeins offer the juicy visual of what we think things will be, but in reality, sometimes, it couldn’t be further from the truth. I suppose it’s a bit like photography. The camera’s eye sees the ‘truth’ of the image before us, whereas our eyes often miss the details and fine distinctions, leaving us surprised and wondering at what is shown and produced.