Blending the Perfect Green

I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d like to have a green cabled sweater.
But I had’t had much luck with dyeing greens, so I’d put it on the back burner.

Then I went to the Jonasson Farm fleece sale on Saturday.

Nothing like a fleece sale for inspiration 🙂

I came home with a big bag of dyed Border Leicester, in a fabulous range of greens

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Just what I needed to get this project moving!

I was so excited about the acquisition that I dove right in and started sampling.

Here is the electric green blend after a couple of passes through the drum carder.

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Fun, eh? But probably a little intense for a whole sweater.

So I started playing around with adding some Chone to create deeper shades.

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First I mixed 1:1 (greens:black)

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I really liked the result in the batt (on the left). However, when I spun it up and knitted a swatch, it seemed just a tad too dark.

So I went back and tried 3:1.

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Clockwise from top that’s all greens, 25% black, and 50% black

Little more spinning and swatching permitted this side by side comparison of the two blends

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I really like how the yellow tones still come through but don’t seem so harsh.
I think I might have found my perfect green!

2 Comments

    • denisemor

      thanks Michelle- it’s been a while since I’ve designed a yarn for a specific purpose. it’s really fun to play around and try things out!

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