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11 August 2005 @ 05:57 pm
knitpicks color cards  

These color recommendations come from looking at the yarns in natural light, direct sunlight, and incandescent light. Unless otherwise specified, they do not match the film colors, but are simply colors which look good together or are in the range. Note, the scanner washed out the colors and textures a bit, and the greens especially don't look quite right.

Wool of the Andes 100% wool, worsted weight, 110yds/50g.
G: Tomato/Daffodil or Tomato/Pumpkin for SS/CoS style scarves. Very bright. Daffodil is a bit light and Pumpkin is a bit dark. The combination isn't ideal.
Cranberry/Pumpkin is actually my pick for best SS/CoS combination, although it's considerably darker than the films scarves. Cranberry is quite blue and Pumpkin is quite gold. This combo would also work for PoA.
Hollyberry/Wheat is my pick for GoF's darker colors. Wheat is not as orange as Pumpkin, and contrasts better with the dark blue/red of Hollyberry.
H: Not much selection here. Daffodil/Coal.
R: Three possible blues, Blue Bonnet for a bright! SS/CoS type scarf, Winter Night for a darker scarf. There is no deep navy, and the only thing close is a dark blue/violet called Hyacinth. It's quite purple in incandescent light, however (ie, don't use it). For book colors, Chestnut is a good brown which looks slightly golden in incandescent light. Wheat is very light but could also work (as long as it's not compared to a Gryffindor scarf in the same color!). Maple Syrup is a lovely coppery brown, which isn't quite right, but is an option as well. For film colors, Fog is a good light pearl grey although it can seem just a mite oatmeal in color. Mist is quite dark, too dark for a GoF scarf, I believe.
S: The greens aren't quite right. Grass would work for a bright scarf, Evergreen for a dark scarf. Evergreen is brighter in natural light, but quite subdued in incandescent (and more yellow). Again, Fog for the pearl grey. The slight ecru of the grey shouldn't matter when paired up with green.

Merino Style 100% merino wool, DK weight, 123yds/50g.
G: Maple Leaf for a bright red, Hollyberry for a burgundy, Harvest for a light orange/gold. Honey is too light.
H: Coal and Crocus, although Honey is an option if one wants an ever so slightly orange yellow.
R: Dusk is close to a royal blue, and darker than Storm. Storm is more slate. I'd suggest Dusk paired with Fog for film colors or Cinnamon for book colors. Cinnamon is a bit coppery, but it's the only thing close.
S: Pine is a blue/green and Moss is quite olive. Either would do, although I think Pine looks better under incandescent light. Fog, of course, for the pearl grey.

This is when I really started to drool. The following are more fyi than practical. While the prices are good for the fiber content, etc., these are somewhat prohibitively expensive or too thin a weight to be desireable. Still, the yarns appear to have been spun to fluff up quite a bit, so they've enough body to be worked on larger needles.

Andean Silk and Andean Silk Twist 55/23/22 superfine alpaca/silk/merino, worsted weight, 96yds/50g.
G: Cranberry or Hollyberry, Cranberry is a bit brighter, paired with Mustard, which is a gorgeous gold.
H: Yarrow and Pitch. This yellow is a bit deeper than the rest have been.
R: Pool is bright! but suitable for SS/CoS style. Navy is good for the later films. Slate for the grey is a bit dark for any of them, although it would be OK for a GoF style scarf. If you don't mind the "grey" actually being blue, then Bluebell is a light silver/blue which reads less blue in incandescent light. Next to the navy blue in incandescent light, it would appear to be much more grey. In natural light, however, it'd be much more apparent that it was blue. I would only use it for the trapped bar if I were to do that. For book colors, Chocolate is the best brown. Cinnamon is too light and golden.
S: Leaf for a brighter green and Olive for yellow/green are both a bit light to pair with Slate, although by themselves, they're fine. If there was a lighter pearl grey, it wouldn't be a problem.
(review of Andean Silk here, now that I've worked with it. Not a commentary on color, but on how the yarn handles and knits up.)

Andean Treasure and Sierra Andean Treasure is 100% baby alpaca, sport weight, 110yds/50g, and heathered. Sierra is 70/30 wool/superfine alpaca, heavy worsted, 110yds/100g.

Andean Treasure doesn't have a lot of colors which would work.
G: Embers would make a lovely very dark, very saturated and intense scarf. Peach is not the ideal gold to go with it. I'd pick a gold from another yarn to match.
R: Woods could work as a very very dark bronze.
S: Moss is a gorgeous heathered yellow/green with blue/green. Fog would work with it.

Sierra has even fewer colors which would work.
G: Cranberry for SS/CoS/PoA, but there is no gold. Cinnamon is too brown, although it could work in small quantities.
H: Coal, of course, but there's no yellow.
R: Tide for SS/CoS. Cinnamon could work as bronze, but it's a bit gold.
S: Leaf, there's no light grey.

Ambrosia and Panache Ambrosia is 80/20 baby alpaca/cashmere, sport weight, 110yds/50. Panache is 40/20/20/20 baby alpaca, cashmere, silk, merino; bulky weight; 68yds/50g.

Not many colors here either.
R: Night Sky is a lovely blue/blue, ever so slightly violet. Fog is a pearl grey, although it reads ever so slightly ecru in incandescent light.

R: Dusk is a gorgeous dark dark royal blue. Slate is quite dark for the grey, but it would look good next to such a dark blue. Cinnamon is quite coppery and dark, but again, the blue is so dark it'd look gorgeous.

Shine and Shine Twist 60/40 pima cotton/modal, sport weight, 110yds/50g. (Modal is a cellulose fiber made through heavy processing from tree pulp)

Not much color choice here either.
G: Sand is a gorgeous gold. Cherry, however, is far too bright and light a red, and Orchid is too purple.
H: Butter is a lovely light yellow, but there's no black to go with it.
R: film colors only. River and Cloud. Cloud is a gorgeous silver. River is a bit bright for GoF, but would do for CoS.

Lazy ♥ Angellazyangel on August 11th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
This post really needs to go in memories :) Thanks!
yclept: knit snitchdjinnj on August 11th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC)
Your welcome!

It's really hard to resist petting the yarn. The Andean Silk is just calling me....
cynthiabluecynthiablue on August 12th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC)
Where is a link to the memories? I'd like to have a look at the info there!
Lazy ♥ Angellazyangel on August 12th, 2005 09:00 am (UTC)
Looks like there aren't any memories listed (if you go to the community info page and click the the heart icon you go to the memories), the Moderator of the community has to do it.
Kat: Hinagikuladykuroda on August 11th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
Andean silk twist in Sunset would make for an interesting Ravenclaw-themed scarf, hat & mitts set. It's got both the movie & book colours, in all essentiality. ^_^

Thank you for putting up your reccommendations!
yclept: knit snitchdjinnj on August 11th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Ah, Sunset proves that Bluebell can be used as grey, if used sparingly.
Communistic-Socialist MMM...Toasty!: HP Ravenclaw Knit Scarfshawk on August 11th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
I actually just got a color card for the Andean Silk and was a bit concerned about what to use for the "bronze" for a Ravenclaw PoA scarf in book colors. Chocolate seems too dark and cinnamon seems too light. I'm torn.

Thanks for the recommendations on the other types of yarn!
yclept: knit snitchdjinnj on August 11th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
Chocolate isn't too dark if you use it with a dark blue, such as the navy. It's much closer to a bronze than Cinnamon is. Cinnamon is too golden.
Communistic-Socialist MMM...Toasty!: HP Ravenclaw Knit Scarfshawk on August 11th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
Definitely using the Navy. Hyacinth looks much too purple to me. I suppose nothing is preventing me from using some other kind of yarn with a better color for the bars, but I'm lazy and would prefer to avoid any possible gauge problems that would arise from that.

Thanks for letting me talk it out. And really, who can challenge if your Harry Potter movie-style scarf with book colors is exactly right color-wise, anyway? ;)
djeterg19: hg quidditchdjeterg19 on August 11th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
Added this post to my memories. Thanks for all of the suggestions. Hmm, now I just need to make up my mind.

I'm leaning towards the Merino for my friend's book Ravenclaw since I like the Dusk better than the dark blues on the Wool of the Andes. Plus it's DK, which I love, but almost never buy.

And I might have to buy some of Andean Treasures in Embers. Not for anything HP related but just because I love that color. Yeah, like I need any more yarn.
yclept: knit snitchdjinnj on August 11th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
heh, me too. I'm petting the stuff, and I really would love some of the Andean Treasures green, but it's not like I need any more yarn! And the Andean Silk! Oooo it's lovely stuff. I wish it came in a sport weight, 'cause then I'd actually consider making myself a house scarf in GoF style.
princessdot on August 11th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Sigh, is it my monitor again or do most of those greens look to have too much yellow in them? I'm entirely too picky about my greens, heh.

Thanks for the really useful info tho!
yclept: knit snitchdjinnj on August 11th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
depends on the line. There are blue/greens, the teals and sages, bright grass greens which are about in the middle, and olives which have a lot of yellow in them. It depends on what you're looking for. If you specify a line, I can describe the colors as I see them, since the scanner tends to wash everything out.

Personally, I prefer a darker green for Slytherin, and I prefer an olive over a teal if those are the only dark choices.
yclept: knit snitchdjinnj on August 11th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, and Pine, in the Merino Style, is most definitly a blue/green not a yellow/green.
yarnguy716: tieyarnguy716 on August 11th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
What you do have to remember is that color judgments are very subjective. What one person might think is a perfect color match, another person might think is totally off. As a printing color technician I am faced with this issue often. So the only best way to choose colors that you know you will like is to see the actual yarn. I think the color cards are a great idea if you plan to order on a fairly regular basis from an on-line supplier. I am loving my Wool of the Andes that I got from Knit Picks and will probably order more from them. Since I am in such a great need of more yarn ya know...lol
ycleptdjinnj on August 11th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
Certainly, I know this very well as my left and right eye don't perceive red the same way.

Really in the end we should get the colors that please ourselves or the people we're making the things for. The books give a general idea of color but no specifics, and the films use filters and lighting and digital grading to modify the appearance of colors, so there's no "one true shade."

Knitpicks is almost easier to choose from than some other, larger lines, in that it really has a very limited color palette.
knit-for-brains: crack.vlamidala on August 12th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
Huge thanks for that! It's nice to have a second set of images for color judgment, since Knitpicks' yarn is only available through them. IMHO it's a lot less scary to order yarn online when you can cross-check colors with multiple sources.

As soon as it arrives, I'm starting a Hermione hat/mitten set with Andean Silk in cranberry. I'm really excited, because I always looooove silk/animal hair blends but usually can't afford them. (Of course I don't get to keep the finished products, but, er, knitting is all about the process, right? ;))
yclept: knit snitchdjinnj on August 12th, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
Your welcome! I recommend the color cards if you're going to be ordering from them often. The scanner just doesn't do justice to the colors, especially the greens, and some of the yarns have the most gorgeous sheen which also didn't translate.

I seriously want some of the Andean Silk now. It's too deliciously shiny and soft.
knit-for-brains: crack.vlamidala on August 12th, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
Stop getting me excited! :p My order shipped on Wednesday, so I'll definitely keep my eyes peeled for it...
Erin: Hufflepuff Hdemiguise_lady on August 13th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
Very much want to know how you like the Andean Silk when you get it. I've been eyeing it in my catalog for a while but couldn't justify it. I am, however, planning on making a Hatmione for myself this winter. The last one went to a friend and it was a wrench to part with it!

For now I'll keep playing with my Merino Style which is just so soft.
knit-for-brains: hatmionevlamidala on August 15th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
I spent all weekend knitting with it - it arrived on Saturday, and I'm almost done with the hat already! - and I can't rave enough about it. It's gonna kill me to let it go when I'm done. The stuff is sooooooooo soft and cuddly. I'd been worried about the alpaca content making the cables less visible, and I guess it does, but the silk adds enough shine that you can see the curves of the cables really nicely. The cranberry shade is the *perfect* color too.

My only caveat is that the dye bleeds a bit - my hands wound up reddish where they touched the yarn, and my unlacquered birch cable needle is pink now. :\ Non-porous needles should be fine (I think my bamboo circ is still fine), but you might want to prewash the yarn anyway.

Oh, and if you're making the mittens too, get four skeins, not three like me. Dunno what I was thinking. :p
girl with kaleidoscope eyes: wonwon by potter puffsthatzeppogirl on August 20th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
I definitely suggest you do NOT use Hyacinth for Wool of the Andes for a Ravenclaw scarf, because my order arrived and I was very disappointed in the colour. It is not blue at all, it is a dark purple. Stick with the Winter Night, for sure!

(Also, I'm going to exchange my skeins of Hyacinth for Winter Night, does anyone have experience with exchanging yarn with KnitPicks? How does the shipping work?)
coatkneedeecoatkneedee on August 27th, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
Blue Ink for Ravenclaw in Wool of the Andes for PoA-style.