As with pooling, when the gauge, number of stitches across/around interacts just right (or wrong!) with a yarn's skein length and color repeat length, it produces a fabric where the colors are evenly mixed, with no pooling or flashing. The color is often flickery, and reminds me of confetti or sprinkles of color. My Ravelry friend Nathalie/Skeincharmer calls it buckwheat: "Each grain is different shade of brown but together they produce a uniform, cohesive look."
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So, I decided to call it “Color-Confetti”, because that’s what it most reminds me of - i.e. flickery mixtures of fully mixed color combinations with no apparent pooling. They actually remind me a little of random-dot stereograms (but without the 3D part):
|Random dot stereogram depicting a shark. Used under a Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 license|
In my highly judgmental and utterly subjective opinion, I generally prefer pooled fabrics to color-confetti fabrics (although, there are always plenty of exceptions). The lovely colors in the skein sometimes seem to get lost in the “noise” when the colors are fully mixed.
However, there are always exceptions. Here are some exceptions that I think are gorgeous:
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I've been trying to figure out why - even though I prefer pooled fabrics - I like the above examples. I think it's because the colors are bold enough to not get lost, or the melange of color just "works," which I know is not terribly helpful.
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Hi there - I read some of your thread on ravelry and have now followed up by finding you here.ReplyDelete
I like your observation that one person's mud is another person's glorious richness. Especially given the pooling phenomena... and your suggestion of it being to do with how one sees things. Lakes and Pools... Running rivers and muddy banks... I love these images.
Personally I love the pooling and flashing effects provided I like the colours at all... and if I don't then I don't like them any better when they are mud!
For years the only way I've known how to handle the gorgeous variegated threads was to use then with a black (or other flat colour) in two-colour fair-isle type knitting. (The stained glass effects).
Thank you for putting your energy into this!