Published: 02 May 2013
Experimenting with Uradale Yarns
5 dyed colours In an earlier blog I wrote about getting some organic Shetland yarn from Uradale Farm. I have been experimenting with using the 5 dyed colours and natural white. First I tried using just the dyed colours. It's always interesting to see how different combinations appear to change the colours.
On one piece of knitting I used moss green for the middle three rows, then Swiss darned on top of the moss green with natural white and selfheal - the three photos show how this alters the appearance.
Moss green used across the middle
natural white replaces moss green in middle
3 rows of selfheal across the middle
When planning what to knit, it's necessary to consider the sequence in which the colours will be used, when to make the colour changes and the pattens (motifs) to knit. All these affect the appearance of the finished piece.
the same 5 colours used differently
Finally I knitted one piece with the natural white as background, and just 3 of the dyed colours. I never have much success photographing white yarn.
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Shetland is the most northerly group of Scottish islands. Apart from mainland Scotland, the other near neighbours are Norway to the east and the Faroe Islands to the north west.