Julie -- The brown yarn for your Gnarly Oak is gorgeous . . . but I have a question / comment / complaint. I assume from your blog that you ordered this yarn rather than buying it "face to face" (eyeball to skein!). I've been so consistently disappointed in the color variance between photo and reality that I've almost stopped buying yarn via internet or catalogue.
Most recently, I wanted to make a chemo blanket for my son, and it needed to be a quick, washable project, so I chose Jiffy. In both their paper catalogue *and* website, the colors I chose looked like paprika (for the solid) and Indian corn -- yellow, orange, red, brown (for the variegate). What I got was burgundy and and a muted mishmosh that can best be described as autumn leaves on the ground after a rainstorm. Actually, they worked pretty well together and made a nice masculine afghan (see my Ravelry page if you're interested), but they *weren't* the happy cheerful colors I wanted.
Any tips about how to come closer on color when ordering from catalogues or websites?Excellent question, Lynda. Most companies unfortunately aren't particularly particular about color when it comes to photographing their products. The only way you'll know for sure if you'll like a yarn color is to see it in person, but most local yarn stores can't carry every yarn brand and hue because of the sheer overhead. So here is what I do when I order yarn online:
- Now I evaluate all the swatches and project photos to get a true sense of what this yarn looks like in person. I like it! As Betty and Wilma used to say, "CHARGE IT!" Actually, I pay with my debit card, but you get the drift.
I almost always order yarn online because I knit sweaters; LYSs don't carry 2500 yards in a single dye lot of every color, so it's easier for me to buy the larger quantities online and get the quantity discount from Webs, too. Another good deal: Jimmy Beans Wool offers rewards based on previous purchases; I've gotten free shipping and additional discounts on yarn from Jimmy Beans in the past.
Happy shopping! I hope this helps, Lynda. And best wishes to your son, too.