First Quarter Challenge

I thought I would try blending some tints and shades for the First Quarter Colour Challenge. And yes, I did have to look back to Ruth’s post, I wanted to say ‘lights and shades’ 🙂 I chose pink Merino because I have an abundance of it and didn’t really care if I messed it up and got something awful! I used ‘Hot Pink’:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI kept it simple, I blended 3 parts pink with 1 parts white, 2 each of pink and white, and 1 part pink with 3 parts white. The original is on the left:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI did the same thing with adding black:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI did start blending with my hand carders, but did a lot of it by hand. This is all the shades together:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen I blended them all together on the drum carder with some black and white Viscose tops, white Bamboo tops and black Nylon tops to make a batt:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI might blend some of the pinks I have with some other colours to make them a bit more useable 🙂

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16 Responses to First Quarter Challenge

  1. koffipot says:

    Nice blending zed, and great use of the ‘Hot Pink’ 🙂 I like blends, they give a certain depth, rather than a flat, even colour. 🙂

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Judith 🙂
      Yeah, me too. I’m still not sure about pink, though, maybe a few more blends and I’ll see a potential!

  2. zararooke says:

    I must say, the tints and shades really were an improvement on the “hot pink”. 🙂 I do like the dark shades and the batt you got at the end.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Zara 🙂
      I do have a lot of pink, so at least I know now I can ‘improve’ the shades of it!

  3. Lyn says:

    I could be on my own here – I actually like the hot pink – it’s a great accent colour! And I do like the tints and shades achieved with it and the batt is lovely.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Lyn 🙂
      I can see it working as an accent colour, especially picturing some of your pieces. I think knowing how to use colours is definitely useful.

  4. Great blending. it really does help with colours you don’t like. I like the middle to shades and the final batt the best. . I agree with Lyn it makes a lovely accent colour and can make things pop. Maybe next year you should drop a few hints about being almost out of blue or wanting a nice gift card for WOW so you can try some new things.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ann 🙂
      I did get a lot of other breeds off my sister this year, I think it’s just the colour selection of the Merino pop up my sister finds confusing, so she picks pinks from the first page! A giift card is a good idea.

  5. koffipot says:

    I inadvertently clicked on some Neon Pink! It’s really quite revolting, but blended with almost anything else it can look quite good. 🙂

  6. ruthlane says:

    Great job on the blending Zed. I really love the shades you got when blending with black. You could also try adding it to greens in varying amounts to “neutralize” a bright green.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ruth 🙂
      it did turn out well with the black, I was surprised. I wondered about green, I’ll have to try some small amounts with various other colours.

  7. luvswool says:

    Astonishing what you were able to accomplish by blending one radical pink! Great idea for neutralizing unwanted colors.

    • zedster66 says:

      I’ll have to see if I still have the neon green I accidentally bought years ago and neutralise that too!

  8. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Nice blendng Zed! I have found with pink and blends that it can become dirty when you felt it. I had that problem with my first batch of booties. Perhaps the brighter pink will fare better. I agree with Lyn and Ann the hot pink would be a great accent or to use for flowers.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Marilyn 🙂
      I’ll have to try it out and see. I did blend a lot of pinks last year to get dusky shades for a present for my mum, and thought they worked out nicely, it’ll be interesting to see how the fibres work with it.

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