With all my homework finished last weekend, I was finally free to swatch Arabesque.
It’s hard to tell but there are actually three colors of green in the background; chartreuse, pistachio and marjoram. The arrow is pointing to a band of chartreuse. Pistachio is just below chartreuse and marjoram is in the center (with the pink).
Here are the skeins laid out from light to dark (left to right) with two skeins of pistachio in the middle. The one on the left was purchased at the mill (and used in the swatch) while the other was purchased at a local yarn store. Can you see the difference between the two skeins of pistachio?
Ever since my problem with “Irish Moss” I’ve know that dye lots of the same color can vary significantly but I never stopped to think of the ramifications for a Fair Isle garment. These two skeins are so different that it’s hard for me to tell what pistachio should look like.
Karen was kind enough to indulge my curiosity this weekend and brought skeins from her stock for comparisons. It looks like my lighter skein of pistachio is similar to hers but my skein of chartreuse is a bit darker.
Gosh, this type of problem sure makes Fair Isle knitting even more tricky than I ever imagined. The right colors can be rather elusive.