Most years, I love winter. I love curling up under a quilt with a dog or two in my lap. Wearing thick, cuddly sweaters while drinking hot cider. Coming in from snowshoeing and toasting my backside in front of the fire. I even like shoveling snow.
This winter has been awful. It’s been burn-your-face cold alternating with help, I’m trapped to the hip in salty slush-sand.
Yesterday, as it rained on the nice fresh snow again, my mood went from simple “let me play with the colors of nature to find Mary Oliver’s color” to “hey, I have an idea for a Latin American garden” to full-on gardenfest. Geranium pinks, hydrangea purples and blues, emerging bulb greens. If I can’t have fun snow, then I’m ready for Spring!
The garden skeins are fun and fairly simple to do. The greens were layered emerald green, kelly green and a bit of turquoise blended for variation. I laid turquoise blue, violet and pink stripes in between the green sections and let the colors bleed. I did some skeins with the color stripes reversing (green, purple, pink, purple, green) and some with repeats (green, blue, violet, pink, green). I didn’t have a pattern in mind for this, so I went for a shortish repeat that would make a nice color pattern on a basic sock.
I did get a little development work done. I don’t know where this one will end up. It’s quiet and soft without being muted. The base is a mill spun 80% merino/ 20% camel fingering yarn with a lovely natural camel-y color. I love working with tan bases because you just know up front it’s going to be an earthy skein.
I pressed the skein into a thin sheet and used a syringe and my fingers to paint a watercolor across the yarn canvas.
I did end up wrapping and steaming this one, but for these watercolor painted skeins, I should set up a steamer tray that will keep the canvas flat. In this case, the color mixing worked nicely. I used some ruby red which made a nice burgundy wine when blended. By the square inch, this is fairly balanced across the colors, but the turquoise definitely pulls everything together and stands out.
Even accounting for wet/dry color variation, I lost much more of the color than I was expecting. I was going for Marquez- Hundred Years of Solitude. Instead, it’s very English garden. Still, a good first step. I like the English garden look, so yea for that. Best of all, I have a much better idea of the colors and saturation required for the Marquez painting. Now I have to figure out how get it on the yarn!