26.4.07

Grey

Cezanne said something about all things being composed essentially of differing proportions of grey. That may have been more true in nineteenth century Paris, but I think to some extent it is still. Most colours do contain varying degrees of grey and often when I'm mixing colours they don't seem quite 'right' until I add a tiny bit of grey, either cool or warm.

It's been very grey and rainy in Sydney for about 3 solid days, I'd forgotten what sunlight looked
like.

Today the rain was gone, the sky clear and blue, the sun shining.

Obviously this was a shock to the system because what did I buy?

Grey yarn.

I had a meeting on the North Shore and afterwards I needed some yarn therapy...you know...to calm
down.
Hey, it's better than smack (I know Keith Richards might disagree with me on this one).

So I just sort of intuited myself towards Rubi + Lana.

This yarn shop is strictly a no-crap zone, why have I not been here before? Wait a minute, maybe coz it's....
on the North Shore?
Now, before the invective flows dear readers, I come from the North Shore, so I'm allowed to make fun.

Unlike Tapestry Craft where they categorise stock by weight (logical), the gals at Rubi + Lana sort their stock by colour (pretty).

Slowly but surely I was drawn to Grey Corner, where I spent quite a bit of time comparing subtle greys with even subtler greys, thinking of swatching for Here and There Cables and just lost in the
pleasure of grey.

I came away with a few bits and pieces (yep, all grey) including some of their house brand sock-weight in charcoal. It looks like plies of dark and medium charcoal twisted around each other.
All you yarnophiles out there...
is this heathered or marle?

Thankyou everyone for your get well soon wishes for Scout, it's nice to know the blogosphere cares, really. She's almost back to her old self. Bandages off tonight!







10 Comments:

Blogger Belinda said...

I was up there a month or so looking for grey yarn and there was nothing. Thanks for the stock update...I'll have to make a trip soon.

26 April 2007 at 8:10 pm  
Anonymous Alison said...

Marle.
And beautiful. But then I do like me a bit of grey.

26 April 2007 at 10:08 pm  
Blogger UNIFORM Studio said...

I have an emotional attraction to grey that I can't intellectualize (or I don't want to). There are so many shades and tones and hues.
The yarn is gorgeous.

27 April 2007 at 12:06 am  
Blogger shula said...

I'd have to say heathered. It's too subtle for marle.

Can you recommend a good brand of comfortable knitting needles.

I have to use 12 &13s

27 April 2007 at 12:17 am  
Blogger AmberCake said...

Oh, man, I don't KNOW if it's heathered or marled! I mean, I would say heathered, but... I'm not sure I've ever considered marled as fully as I will in a moment with google.

Looks like a pair of socks I just knitted for my Mr. It was Lamb's Pride in a lovely heathery grey brown, sort of sock monkey color. Mediore photos in my Flickr.

27 April 2007 at 5:03 am  
Blogger AmberCake said...

Heathered. Seems like marled is two (or more) strands of different colors plied together. Heathered is spun from not totally one-color roving.

In industrial products, there are usually only heathered sweats/whatever in a few colors because most objects are dyed to order after the fabric or garment is complete, or sometimes when the yarn is complete. To get heathered stuff, you have to plan your colors far enough in advance (at least 6 months earlier than usual) to dye and blend the fibers.

Pic of my heathered socks:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ambercake/397574585/

27 April 2007 at 5:10 am  
Blogger knittingphilistine said...

Love a good ball of fiber that relies on its natural beauty, rather than glitz and glamor.

PS: I hope you don't mind that I used your Rib and Seed Stitch socks in my sock collage... honestly, that compilation was primarily for me--those are the socks I want to knit (but I posted it, figuring others would likely get some use out of it too). And I liked your red socks a lot, so I included them. There's something to be said for simplicity in a pattern, and I was intrigued by the use of seed stitch on a sock. I have a soft spot for seed stitch (weirdo? yes). I realize now that I hadn't noticed when I read your FO post that the pattern was from the sock ball band. I've made the correction in my post--giving credit for the pattern to the fiber company. That said, I still love those socks and they remain on my wish list.

27 April 2007 at 7:54 am  
Blogger Brenda said...

Marle. I've knit grey marled socks with cables. Grey marle makes for really nice cables. I love grey (except in my hair!). My husband once likened grey to beige, and I had to be severe with him.

27 April 2007 at 10:15 am  
Blogger Madge said...

Glad to hear Scout's on the mend and getting rid of those stinky bandages. Yay!

I love the color grey. Coming at it from a literary angle, grey encompasses all that moral ambiguity that makes fiction - and life - so interesting. Nifty.

Oh yeah, and I gotta go with heathered. A nice, solid heathered.

P.S. Hey, I don't have your email address to respond in person, but you're right, the plant in my Alchemy yarn photo is thyme. Variegated lemon thyme. Good eye. :)

27 April 2007 at 11:34 am  
Blogger Christy said...

I think that grey yarn on a grey day sounds soothing. I like the idea of a yarn store organized by color. Yes, probably less practical, but I could get my fix hanging out with the warm tones.

29 April 2007 at 8:22 am  

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