I dyed this new colorway, which I’ve named Spectral, last week, and fell immediately and completely in love with it. I layered multicolored speckles of dark blues and reds, mustards and golds over a base of muted charcoal and soft light grays.
It’s a fantastic color. I really want to knit a sweater in it sometime soon; perhaps one of the elegant sweaters in my last blog post. Wouldn’t this be great? It’s certainly a non-neutral neutral. Anyway, I’m doing my due diligence and experimenting with it because I didn’t think it was right to sell this colorway without a test (that’s my rationale, anyway).
I knit a teensy tiny swatch just to see what the colors look like. I love it! It’s variegated but somehow also NOT variegated, because the blips of color are so small.
I’ve dyed this color on just about every base for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival because I think it’s so wonderful, and as soon as I get back from the festival I’ll be quickly dyeing up more for an online shop update.
I got to looking at patterns yesterday afternoon (what a rabbit hole that is, right?), and quickly decided I wanted to include it in a multi-colored project, because it looks SO GOOD with The Witching Hour and Black Cherry. The Black Cherry pulls the deep red speckles out so well, and The Witching Hour is such a lovely, deep charcoal that accents Spectral’s gray base.
I *think* I’ve narrowed the patterns down to two possibilities (I have to stop looking at patterns!):
I absolutely adore this pattern. The texture is SO fabulous (check out the Ravelry link above for more close-up photos of the wonderful texture). My plan for this one, if I choose it, is to knit the crossed slip-stitch sections in Spectral and the other sections in subtle stripes of The Witching Hour and Black Cherry.
For Slice, I’d knit the largest section in Spectral, and the smaller sections in the other two colors, with Black Cherry adjacent to Spectral and The Witching Hour at the edge. Click the Ravely link above for more photos.
Which would you choose? Or, would you choose an entirely different pattern? Inquiring minds (otherwise known as undecided minds) want to know :-).