A long time ago we took the children to a small zoo in Prescott that had free-range peacocks wandering around showing off their beautiful feathers. Ever since then, I have been wanting to make a colorway that was as true to those gorgeous feathers as I could. I decided to make it an assigned pooling colorway, and, well, I hope you love it as much as I do.
The background color is a lichen green with quite a bit of tonal variation, and the dye colors I chose for the "eyes" go from the middle outward just like they do in the feathers. Take a look at the photos I used for inspiration.
I dyed this colorway on Stained Glass Sock, which is a smooth, soft 2-ply yarn made of 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon. The thing that makes Stained Glass Sock uniquely wonderful is that one ply is made of white wool while the other alternates between black and white, so when I dye the yarn, it looks like leaded stained glass. Each 100 gram skein has 400 yards.
Peacock Feathers on Stained Glass Sock
Assigned Pooling Colorway
400 yards / 3.5 oz / 2 plies
80% superwash merino / 20% nylon
Care: Machine or hand wash cold and air dry.
Peacock Feathers would look fabulous with Enchanted Forest, Freedom Blue, and Chocolate.
The last photo shows two samples I made using Peacock Feathers on Squoosh DK. The one on the left is a hat I knit in plain stockinette. For the square sample on the right, I used two different methods of assigned pooling. The top rows show Dawn Barker's floret stitch from the Float Shawl, and the bottom and larger portion shows simple double-elongated stitches.
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