Hello everyone! Boy do I have a journey to embark on!
In the past I’ve mentioned a project where I purchased the best color match yarns for the S12 scarf and made a mini-scarf from them regardless of mixing fiber types and yarn weights. While the colors are fabulous, the yarns won’t work on a full-sized scarf without significant doctoring (ha-HA!) that I simply can’t be bothered with. And even with the available palette, some yarns can still stand to be even closer to the real deal, and that doesn’t even begin to touch upon the stunt dupe color alternates.
In the last few months I’ve gotten in touch with a pro dyer who has a love of Doctor Who (she’s asked to remain anonymous for the time being). She’s wanted to make it her goal to one day custom match every yarn to the real scarf. As I have access to the real scarf, this was a dream I could help realize for her, and of course it’s a dream of mine to eventually have a flawless color palette! She’d already made some strides in the past, matching colors to the Pantone swatches recommended by Tara of the now-defunct WittyLittleKnitter.com – but unfortunately the colors matched by Tara were “interpretations” she made after observing the Shada scarf and determining what the colors “might have looked like” in the 70s, before the wear and fading of time. But between the work my dyer had put into that and the info she’d gathered, she has certainly made some major strides in the area already, like matching the gold to the current front-runner match, Universal “Gold Spice.”
My first project has been to get an acceptable Stunt Dupe match for the gold, to pair with the Universal yarn, but this has proven even more difficult than either of us envisioned, even with the ability to send samples to the Shada owner for evaluation. She’s a busy lady, and right now is her crunch time, which leads me to my next project…
She has sent me detailed instructions and her formula for the best match we’ve been able to come up with for the Stunt Dupe gold, which is nearly identical in some lightings to the Hero yellow but notably more vibrant in others (see right, Dupe yellow on top and Hero yellow on bottom).
Over the weekend I will be pouring over the packet of notes and reference materials, and hopefully in the next few days I will begin embarking on my first attempt to hand dye yarn to a custom color with real acid dyes! I have samples that were matched to the Shada to match to and test yarn to use and abuse while I figure out exactly how to get the depth of color I’m looking for.
I’ve done work in the past with coffee to help achieve the colors I’m looking for, but never real, hardcore, professional dyes. It will be quite the experience and I cannot wait to show everybody how it goes!