Friday, April 19, 2013

Aubergine.

About a month ago, I donated my shawl-knitting services as one of several items to be auctioned off to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. I've been in touch with the winner, an acquaintance of mine, a few times since then, and she's been wonderfully cooperative. I have almost everything I need to start working.

The only problem: deciding what yarn to use.

She asked for the shawl to be "dark gray or aubergine". Well, I say to myself, dark gray is boring. (I usually love dark gray, but not after just finishing an entire beaded shawl with it!) So I've been looking for suitably aubergine yarn. After not quite managing to convince myself to use stash yarn and try to fudge the colors, I gave in and looked at this as an opportunity to try out Dye For Wool yarn for the first time.

I don't have a very good grasp on what shade "aubergine" is, and Google image search, it seems, can't quite decide either. So, I'll outsource the decision-making to you lovely readers. Which yarn do you think fits her request most closely - which yarn should I use?

Poisoned By Love - "A dark and intense reddish violet with very subtle variations in brightness."
Bewitched - "A very dark and saturated magenta purple with subtle variations."
Freshly Squeezed Cherries - "This is a semi solid reddish purple reminding me of cherry juice."
Dark Blood Velvet - "This is a very dark and saturated solid bluish red."
Dancing With The Devil - "This is a muted almost black reddish purple. This dye lot is a bit more intense than the last."
Bat Biting The Dust - "This is a dark and somber purple which reminds me of a bat flying at night."

Myself, right now I'm leaning towards Dancing With The Devil for the name alone! But I keep looking at pictures of all the pretty yarn and changing my mind every few minutes.

14 comments:

  1. Ohhhh fun game! I would go bewitched or freshly squeezed, dark but not too dark! How lovely are you to do this, can't wait to see it!

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  2. Either, Bewitched or Freshly Squeezed Cherries.

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  3. Ooo. I'm completely unfamiliar with Dye for Wool, but the colors in her etsy shop are gorgeous!

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    1. Aren't they just? I've craved them for a long, long time!

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  4. Ohh! Bewitched or Dark blood velvet!

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  5. Freshly Squeezed Cherries or Dark Blood Velvet. And those are absolutely glorious colours. I bookmarked that site - pretty sure I'll be back later.

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    1. Hee, yes, I -may- just be trying to persuade other people to splurge along with me!

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  6. Poisoned by Love gets my vote.

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  7. If it's not too late, I'm voting for Bewitched.

    I looked up aubergine in a dictionary, and it means eggplant. So, with that - I'd say Dancing with the Devil and Bat Biting the Dust are closer to the deep purple of eggplant. However, they are very dark. I like Bewitched, because it's a deep purple without going nearly black. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you! I think that Bewitched is "purple, and also dark", and Dancing with the Devil is "dark, and also purple". It's hard to tell which one "aubergine" is trying to lean towards.

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