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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

need your color ideas

I have seven skeins of some Dale Baby Ull in the stash, but I don't like the color. It looks like toothpaste to me.

I'd like to overdye it. Any suggestions? I'm thinking of using it for some baby knitting, or maybe for some lace knitting for me. I could make socks with it, but 7 skeins is a lot of socks in the same yarn.

Also, does anyone know if there is an online color tool that I could use to figure this out?

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  • That is a little toothpastey. Maybe a blue or a green over it to deepen it? Remember dyes are translucent, so unless you're using something superdark your base will impact the outcome.

    By Blogger Pumpkinmama, at 3:39 PM  

  • yeah, something needs to be done with that. i'd ask adrian for some advice.

    By Blogger maryse, at 4:04 PM  

  • Context is everything. What if you did colorwork socks or mittens with this one as the CC and a glorious chocolate brown as the MC? :-) That would look pretty damn spiffy.

    By Anonymous Beth S., at 4:19 PM  

  • I would snip off a few ends and experiment. I think blues, greens, and possibly even red (depending on the shade of purple you ended up with) would be fun.

    By Blogger Chris, at 7:16 PM  

  • You might want to visit Sundara Yarns, because Sundara overdyes colors and I'll bet you will get some ideas if you can find some of her colorways that are a pale green overdyed with another shade. Here's a link:

    By Blogger Susan, at 7:54 PM  

  • I was thinking: mix it up with some chocolate brown in the same weight to make colorwork mittens/hat combo (won't violate the non-matching hat/mitten rule!).

    I have overdyed this yarn before and 1) it took a long time (crock pot method worked best) and 2) it took a lot of dye! I overdyed a queasy pea green to a darker green, but like I said, it took a long time.

    Adrian is the queen of all things dyed... i would consider her a good resource.

    By Blogger Mini, at 7:47 AM  

  • Look at for color matching help - that's what I used to pick my interior house colors!

    By Blogger Katie, at 10:23 AM  

  • I might be inclined to try handpainting it in deep blues and purples -- maybe try one skein and see what you get.

    (Yes, I know I'm in a blue-and-purple rut. It's my rut, and I like it here.)

    By Blogger Lucia, at 11:51 AM  

  • I think Beth's idea is a great one - even though the color is toothpastey by itself, it might be really nice pair with something else.

    But you probably have enough to do a largish colorwork project AND overdye some skeins, too.

    Whatever you do with it - have fun!

    By Anonymous elisa, at 11:40 AM  

  • I think overdyeing sounds like fun! Anything in a deeper blue/green/purple should work. If you try pale orange (its opposite on the color wheel), it will make a brown or grey color that could be really pretty depending on your love of brown or grey.

    By Blogger Emily, at 3:01 PM  

  • Try the Rit dye web site. It's keyed to the Rit dye colors but it might give you some ideas.

    By Anonymous Sydney, at 6:33 PM  

  • Hmmm, I have no ideas, but agree it is toothpaste-y. A yellow would make it a richer green. I suggest using the 7th skein to test colors and then you could have 6+ of the same when you find a combo you like.

    By Blogger Sarah, at 2:21 PM  

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