Friday, October 14, 2016

Spiraling out of Control

  Starting work on my coffee-themed afghan, a song began to play in my head... "One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn't belong." (Yes, I was a Sesame Street kid, and I still have nightmares about Big Bird.) Okay, why is a song from a popular children's TV show on repeat in my brain while I crochet? No, I haven't gone bonkers... I think.


  It's the colors of my coffee-themed afghan. One of these things definitely is not like the other! And I'm pretty sure you can tell which one doesn't belong. I see it. My dad saw it. Rip van Winkle doesn't see it, though! I wonder if it's one of those things like the blue/black/white/gold dress, or is he just colorblind? So, you tell me: Can you tell which one doesn't belong?


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  In case there's any of you with the same color range as The Chronic Napper, I'll stop with the guessing game. Taupe. Oh, Taupe, what color are you? In the store, it was tan-brown. At home, it was grayish-brown. And then in pictures, it took on a greenish-brown hue. When I saw it at Dad's house, it was totally green. Now, green is all I can see when I look at it:

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  The simple answer for me to move on with this project is: Discard the Taupe. It's not worth this guessing game. But then, doesn't it look brownish again? Maybe it only took on that green tone because of the colors surrounding it. I wasted time not making a decision took some pictures so I could ask opinions before completely condemning the Taupe.

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  I thought of stretching my design idea a bit, and calling that green-y color Green Tea. Hey, you can make a latte with it! But, no. Just no. You would never put the green tea into the coffee - And it is a COFFEE-themed afghan, brain! What was I thinking? Green tea will never do. (Nothing against green tea, though.)

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  Rip van Winkle still insists that the color is brown. "Leave it", he says. "It matches the other colors", he tells me. No. It might match them, but it doesn't fit into a coffee theme. No matter what I do, how many pictures I take, or how insistent he is that it is brown, I'll never see it as brown. And I'll never be happy with my coffee-themed afghan.
 
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  So, that leaves that simple answer again: Get rid of the Taupe. My four-color spiral design spiraled out of control, but it's not a disaster. Just by eliminating the color I'm unhappy with, the pattern went back to its delicious coffee-inspired goodness. Besides, a three-color spiral means one less ball of yarn to juggle!

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  But... This design wasn't meant to be a circle! It was easy to put four corners on a four-color pattern. As I sat down thinking I could wing it and turn three colors into a four-corner shape, I quickly learned I was wrong. Paper, pencil, and a little more brain power will be required here. I never wanted it to be that complicated. Am I sure I don't want to use that Taupe?

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  Yes! I'm positive that I won't be adding that color back into this project. Now, I have two options: Get that brain exercising and make the pattern work, or buy a different color for the project. Hmm. Loving lattes but preferring black coffee, I think an extra swirl of Espresso is in order here... Anybody with me?


Happy Crocheting!

13 comments:

  1. It's definitely got a green hue. I'd cut back to a two colour spiral. Perhaps use the milk at the end. Or start with the taupe right in the centre because its pretty much the colour of green coffee beans. Switch to roasted beans then add milk finishing with a beautiful latte. (where's the sugar?) Wikipedia provides the a great picture of green coffee beans.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_bean#/media/File:75_degrees_green_coffee.png

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    1. Oh, they ARE the same color! I searched from there and had some trouble finding pics of brewed green coffee - It looks more like something you get rid of *after* you drink coffee ;)
      http://lenscoffee.com/how-to-make-your-own-green-coffee-bean-beverages/
      Now you've got me thinking! I don't take sugar in my coffee, so I never thought of it. Hmmm...

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  2. Hello Jenny,
    you're absolutely right: it's got a greenish-grey tinge. One can probably only see it when it's woven in so close with the "real" brown shades. Take it out! You'll never be happy with it and working on the afgan would become an unpleasant task you might not even want to finish.
    Maybe you could take a milk chocolate shade instead. Chocolate and coffee go well together.
    Happy pondering,
    Marjan

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    1. Marjan, I'm laughing so hard right now - Rip keeps insisting the Taupe IS the color of chocolate milk! And he says chocolate and coffee do go well together... That's why he thinks I should leave it. He's on the right path, but he's seeing the wrong color!
      Oh darn, I guess I'm going to have to go yarn shopping and look for a different shade. Can't hurt to browse around, right? ;)

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  3. Tell Rip that if he's drinking chocolate milk that is the color of that yarn something is wrong with the milk, the chocolate or both!If it's any help at all, a lot of folks (myself and the hub's included) drink their coffee black. And we live in Cajun country. When we say black coffee, we mean BLACK coffee. Not dark brown, BLACK. I saw a coffee themed quilt once that was just gorgeous and it had black in it. I'd say go with black and, most definitely, ditch the taupe. It looks I'll next to the other lovely colors!

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    1. Mmm... Coffee so strong it will hold a spoon up - Now, that's what I'm talking about. Thanks, Kim! I didn't think about using black with the browns. I'll have to see what happens when I get to the yarn aisle!
      Maybe he can't see the right colors with his eyes closed most of the time ;) I would NOT drink chocolate milk that color!

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  4. The hub's grandmother would make coffee in an old-fashioned pour over french pot. It was so strong, if would EAT the spoon if you left it in your cup, lol! It will be interesting to see what you come up with for your colorway. A mid tone brown might work beautifully. But I find brown yarns to be problematic. So many of the mid tone browns have a reddish cast to them....also not a color you want to see in your coffee!

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  5. The hub's grandmother would make coffee in an old-fashioned pour over french pot. It was so strong, if would EAT the spoon if you left it in your cup, lol! It will be interesting to see what you come up with for your colorway. A mid tone brown might work beautifully. But I find brown yarns to be problematic. So many of the mid tone browns have a reddish cast to them....also not a color you want to see in your coffee!

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    1. Lol - That *is* some strong coffee! I thought about finding a caramel color, but the reddish/orange hue is exactly what I'm afraid of. I'll have to pull out a flashlight to check the true color before I commit to buying more yarn!

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    2. Oooooo! Caramel would be lovely!

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    3. Oooooo! Caramel would be lovely!

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  6. My computer must not be picking up on the green! Looks taupe from here! LOL Whatever your decision is, I love the spirals and it's very cute. Some day I'm gonna have to learn how to crochet. Hope you're having a good week!

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    1. Lol! It does look more green on camera and more brown on the computer. I think it's like the black/blue/white/gold dress thing.
      There's tons of tutorials out there that make learning crochet easy! I do hope you get the opportunity to learn it.
      And I hope you're having a good week, as well!

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