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Another Sock Picture in Nonliving Color... [Mar. 5th, 2015|12:44 pm]
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Some yarns do not photograph in true color, and warping the colors makes everything else look weird.   Here's an example:

Photographed in direct sunlight on concrete, no color adjustment

So the balls of yarn in the plastic bags look purplish, but the socks on the needles look reddish, right?  (We are not starting another The Dress debate here!)    Holding the actual socks up to the monitor, they are more like the color of the yarn in the plastic bags.  That magenta color only darker.  Not the dark red color.   Now look at this:

Photographed indoors with overhead kitchen light (LED) and flash

Now the yarn in the right-hand bag looks like royal purple (compare to the yarn in the sacks above, from the sunlight picture), and the socks (esp.the right one just above the single strand of yarn crossing) is almost the right color, just a bit dark, when I hold the sock itself up to the screen to check, in a room lit by a window beside me, indirect daylight on a clear day.  No direct sun.  The left sock is picking up blue from the sky outside (upper half of window not curtained) and looks more straight purple.  I fiddled with the histogram adjustment a bit, but any further tinkering with color balance (and yes, I looked) will make other things look weird.  Like the table top.

I call the color I see on the sock itself dark  magenta.   The yarn in the plastic bags, in direct sun, is what I'd call magenta.  The socks in direct sun are not magenta at all, but a very slightly purplish dark red...not even sure what to call that color.  Claret, maybe?

Anyway, looking at the yarn, I thought of blackberry juice when I was making blackberry jelly, so they've become the blackberry pair.  They will be in the "purple family" of socks (which right now has one pair of Cascade 220 Superwash in a purple heather, and one pair of Plymouth Yarn Galway Nep, a dullish purple with flecks of other colors in it.   Blackberry is a lovely color, saturated and intense, and they're *almost* to the toe decreases.   Both photograph fairly "true".

But I now have (slightly) more sympathy with the people who photograph yarn for the various online stores.  Some of it cooperates and comes out looking the way it looks.  Some very definitely does not.  The emerald green I like for socks, another rich, saturated color, comes out unsaturated, paler--a sort of mid-to-light bluish green.   And this one...well, you see what it did.

Meanwhile, though, the socks are growing and I might even have them ready for my birthday Saturday.   For those who like the color, it's Ella rae Classic worsted weight, color #326.  For other knitters, the top photo shows the heel construction (standard heel flap with heel stitch, the heel stitch continued under the heel for extra wear.


[User Picture]From: redvixen
2015-03-06 05:42 pm (UTC)
On my monitor the top colour for the socks looks like raspberry. :)

I checked the website for Ella Rae Classic yarn and it is slightly different from your yarn in the bags in sun but not much. Anyway you look at it the yarn is gorgeous.

Oh, and as for your following post ....wild cheers and 1000% agreement. I'm heading for my 31st anniversary this year. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2015-03-07 04:09 pm (UTC)


I enjoy your books and found this blog while looking for your website. Can I say that your posts on socks (and a class at my local yarn shop) got me back to knitting and onto the fun of knitting socks. Thank you. I have knit quite a few pairs of socks in the last year and I don't see it slowing down.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-03-08 12:45 am (UTC)

Re: Socks

It is addictive, isn't it? My feet are so much happier; I don't want to *ever* wear commercially made socks again (at least not until they quit making socks so Spandexed they cut off my circulation!) But then...that means knitting new socks to replace the ones that wear out, and...there's that color and that other color I like...and I want to get the socks on a rotation that doesn't *require* me to knit a pair a month (or close to it) to stay ahead of things.

So I don't see my sock-knitting slowing down for some time to come. Are you posting pictures of yours anywhere?
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