Colours

Please note that our yarn photographs are edited in natural light, on a Windows platform computer. If you view the shop on an Apple device, the colours may appear warmer and slightly darker. And of course, all monitors vary! We do our very best to get our yarn photographs colour accurate, but as well as these screen differences, colour is a very subjective thing! So as well as photographs, we use written descriptions of each colourway, to help you get a reasonably accurate idea of the shades in the skein. Here is the list of colourway types that I use in the description:

Solid - all one colour (or more often this will be Almost solid - which is all one colour but with a tiny bit of shading).

Semi solid - shades within a close colour family, such as several shades of blue going into green, or red going into orange.

Tonal variegated - more variety in the colours, but all within close range of each other. So, for example, blue/green/purple. Or red/purple/fuchsia.

Variegated - lots of different colours, from all sides of the colour spectrum.

Here is a list of the colours I may mention, with what that colour definition means to me.

Reds

  • Scarlet (warm bright red)
  • Crimson (warm red, slightly paler than scarlet)
  • Blood red (deep bright red, the colour of fresh blood!)
  • Ruby (deep cool toned red)
  • Burgundy (dark red, the colour of a deep red wine )
  • Maroon (a brownish dark red)
  • Geranium (slightly faded bright crimson red)
  • Cherry (a bright cool red, almost pink, but not quite)
  • Tomato (an orange-y red)

Oranges

  • Orange (bright warm orange)
  • Tangerine (a deeper orange with a cooler tone)
  • Coral (a bright orange/pink blend)
  • Peach (a pale orange/pink blend)
  • Apricot (deeper orange/pink blend)
  • Copper (dark murky orange)

Yellows

  • Gold (deep but bright yellow)
  • Butter (soft pale yellow)
  • Lemon (pale bright yellow)
  • Sunflower yellow (bright orange/yellow)
  • Ochre (deep orange/yellow, murky)
  • Saffron (deep yellow with a hint of orange)
  • Mustard (dirty dark yellow)
  • Primrose (pale cool yellow, with a hint of pale green)
  • Daffodil (bright cool yellow)
  • Buttercup (bright acid yellow, with a hint of green)

Greens

  • Mint (pale cool green)
  • Apple (very pale cool green)
  • Jade (bright blue toned green)
  • Leaf green (warm light to mid green)
  • Moss (deep warm yellowish green)
  • Olive (dirty yellowish green)
  • Lime (bright & light cool toned green)
  • Forest green (dark murky cool toned green)
  • Bottle green (very dark blue toned green)
  • Khaki (dirty mid toned greenish yellowish greyish)
  • Emerald (clear bright green with warm tones)
  • Chartreuse (bright yellowish green)
  • Kelly green (very bright cool toned mid green)
  • Grass green (very bright green)
  • Sage (pale murky yellowish green)

Blues

  • Baby blue (soft pale blue)
  • Sky blue (pale blue with a little turquoise)
  • Turquoise (bright turquoise, blueish green)
  • Teal (darker blue/green mix)
  • Sapphire (deep clear blue)
  • Navy (dark blue/black)
  • French navy (a paler navy)
  • Airforce blue (a murky mid blue, with a hint of grey)
  • Peacock blue (deep bright blue with a hint of teal)
  • Slate (blueish grey)
  • Kingfisher blue (deep blue with quite a bit of greenish teal)
  • Cobalt (deep true blue)
  • Azure (mid true blue)
  • Robin's egg blue (a paler sky blue)
  • Duck egg blue (a pale greenish blue)
  • Aqua (pale blue/green)
  • Tiffany blue (a deeper aqua/turquoise)
  • Hyacinth blue (a mid purplish blue)
  • Denim (mid greyish blue, stonewashed denim)
  • Chambray (pale blue, with just a hint of soft purple)

Purples

  • Violet (bright warm pinkish purple)
  • Mauve (pale to mid warm purple)
  • Lavender (pale silvery purple)
  • Lilac (light pinkish purple)
  • Blackcurrant (deep warm toned purple)
  • Electric purple (very bright warm purple)
  • Aubergine (blackish purple, warm toned)
  • Plum (deep pink/purple mix)
  • Amethyst (rich mid pink/purple)
  • Damson (rich blackish purple, cool toned)
  • Grape (cool toned mid smoky purple)

Pinks

  • Fuchsia (very bright cool toned pink)
  • Cerise (bright warm toned pink)
  • Flamingo pink (bright light orangey pink)
  • Blush (very pale warm pink)
  • Rose (pale to mid warm pink)
  • Dusky pink (dirty rose pink)
  • Barbie pink (bright cool toned mid pink)
  • Magenta (deep bright pink going into violet)
  • Raspberry (deep vivid cool toned pink, almost cherry)
  • Salmon (warm orange/pink mid tone)

Browns

  • Chocolate (warmish mid brown)
  • Cocoa (warm dark brown)
  • Coffee (mid milky brown)
  • Tan (very warm mid brown)
  • Bronze (murky brown with hints of green)
  • Amber (light warm brown)
  • Rust (mid orangey brown)
  • Russet (dark orangey brown)
  • Terracotta (murky orangey/brown with pinkish tints)

Neutrals

  • Beige (very pale neutral brown)
  • Stone (a paler beige)
  • Cream (a yellowish white)
  • Smoke (a warm pale brownish grey)
  • Taupe (a deeper brownish grey)
  • Dove grey (mid grey with a hint of lavender)
  • Biscuit (pale warm neutral brown)
  • Fawn (a warmer pale brown)
  • Soot (a flat true black)
  • Silver (pale grey with slightly warmish tones)
  • Platinum (very pale grey with cool tones)
  • Pewter (mid gunmetal grey)
  • Charcoal (very dark grey)
  • Ivory (a cool toned white)
  • Steel (a dull blue/grey)

Please note that we take all our photographs under strong studio lights (which are daylight balanced for best colour accuracy), and colours when seen by strong light may seem lighter or more saturated than when seen in natural light. Why not photograph them in natural light then? Because we want to show you all the shade and colour variation in each colourway, and in order to do that, the yarn must be well lit. Hopefully by comparing the photograph with the written description, you will get a fairly good idea of the colourway. We do write the colour description while looking at the skeins in natural light, so the written description should always be pretty close to reality.