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
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.
Fun, eh? But probably a little intense for a whole sweater.
So I started playing around with adding some Chone to create deeper shades.
First I mixed 1:1 (greens:black)
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.
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
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!