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Mermaid Knits
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Posted - 12/27/2007 :  06:41:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mermaid Knits's Homepage Send Mermaid Knits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello; Do you like to knit or sew with colours that are complementary (spread around the colour wheel in regular intervals, or do you prefer a monochromatic scheme with colours chosen from adjacent values?
I enjoy a lot of colour and so would say I tend to go for the complementary. I especially like the Split Complement idea.

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Atavistic
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Posted - 12/27/2007 :  07:00:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I usually go for SOLID colors.

So I am very boring.

Amanda Takes Off... and Amanda Knits

Hand and foot when harmonized forms martialism/but Military and literary when harmonized is art and this brings/philosophy. (Lee, Chang Hoo)
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imamshua
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Posted - 12/27/2007 :  10:58:23 AM  Show Profile Send imamshua a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Amanda - depends on the stitch, stockingette - boring, anything else, not boring and I suspect you're in the anything else category!

Mermaid - I like both that you described, but do not usually care for directly across the colorwheel complementary, but do like when there are two or even four complementary colors added

Sally

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Mermaid Knits
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Posted - 12/28/2007 :  08:47:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mermaid Knits's Homepage Send Mermaid Knits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Amanda, I like solids colours when I am planning on intricate stitches in knitting. Otherwise, in sewing and in knitting I tend towards some variability, like through variegated yarns. Doesn't have to be wild, but some little changes at least. I find it gives depth.
And Sally, I agree with you that direct opposite colours are not quite to my liking either. The Split Complementary is where the accent colours are a bit off to one side and to the other of the direct opposite colour.
Happy Knitting



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Hoosier Nanny
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Posted - 01/07/2008 :  10:00:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit Hoosier Nanny's Homepage Send Hoosier Nanny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am in the process of dyeing semi-solid yarn colorways.
I plan on attending some fiber events this coming year.
I am a soap and basket maker and thought some yarn would be good to add to my stock.

I have been experimenting with different techinques.
What do you look for when you shop for a semi-solid superwash merino yarn?
I have done two styles of dyeing and I like them both.

One is handpainted which has blended streaks of the colorway through out the yarn...it is a chaos style with the color variations running through the whole skein. There is not pattern...the same color hues are very random.

The other is a kettle technique where the dye is poured onto separate section creating large areas of the same colorway blending into each other. It is more uniform in appearance.

I would like some imput....please.
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Mermaid Knits
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Posted - 01/09/2008 :  6:59:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mermaid Knits's Homepage Send Mermaid Knits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh My, Hoosier Nanny;
I,m afraid I won't be too helpful. I like all the hand-dyed varieties. I like ones where the colour might go from a medium to a light tone of the same colour in a few centimetres. It seems the silk or silk blends adapt to this more than wool. Am I right? I am just staring at my big stach I have.

But I also love the hanks with 3 or more colours, and they can be quite different. I seem to be gravitating more and more to abundance colour variation and the colour is changing about every 20 cm. I just opened up a hank I picked up in New Zealand. Beige, light orange, berry, pink, periwinkle, turqouise blue,then it goes in reverse back to a beigy tone. and in between the more solid parts there is quite a transitional section. No I haven't swatched it yet. There are actually more colours in it than I described even. To me it is stunningly gorgeous.

Good luck with your new endeavours!

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Atavistic
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Posted - 01/09/2008 :  7:02:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by imamshua

Amanda - depends on the stitch, stockingette - boring, anything else, not boring and I suspect you're in the anything else category!



Heh. Every pattern I sell at my website is one color.

I've got an electric blue cabled bag and hat combo, cables. Check. A lilac lace nightie/tunic. Lace, check. A ribbed/mock cabled shell. Ribbing, check. A faggoted zigzag shell. Texture, check.

Oh, and a free pattern for a rainbow colored dog collar and leash that was knit as a flat tube. Knitting technique not often used, check.



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Hand and foot when harmonized forms martialism/but Military and literary when harmonized is art and this brings/philosophy. (Lee, Chang Hoo)
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