Inspired by the rock forms of the mountain, I have created three more colors in my palette, introduced in three parts. But first, let me borrow a quote from a reliable local vintners’ source, they who take the geology of this appellation very seriously…
Mount Veeder is primarily an island of ancient seabed, pushed up in the mountain’s formation five million years ago. This is the only Napa Valley appellation that can claim this unique geologic phenomenon. While the rest of Napa Valley was covered in volcanic ash 1 million years ago during the eruption of Mount Saint Helena to the north, Mount Veeder received just a sprinkling. Within the marine soils lies a complex tapestry of fractured shale, sandstone, volcanic (ash) dust, and other various constituents. — From Mt Veeder Appellation
In my observation the most prevalent of these three mentioned geological rock forms must be sandstone, ranging from a dull tan, to a rusty brown and sometimes sparkles with colors, sandstone is the color of everywhere …Especially at the summit of the mountain these rocks are of rather large proportion, and an outstanding geological feature. Sandstone, with color-saturated neutral base, so like the true rock form created from a composite of many grains of colorful sand, blended with natural white and natural brown wool …
The nice thing is, using natural brown fleece, there is quite a variation of color, and as I blended with natural white, even more of variation of natural values & hues can be accomplished. Just as the rock itself is so varied in color, the Sandstone colorway is too…
Next , in Geological 2, I will produce a woolly colorway of another popular rockform, but as yet, I am waiting for my wool to come in the mail! Until then, here’s how I made “Sandstone” …
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Techy stuff for Sandstone…
- Began with Primary & Secondary Neutral recipe using approx 2.5g each of green, purple, and orange, blue, red, and yellow, (or alternately 5g each of primary or secondary triad colors) blended thoroughly on blending board (see Blending For Tweed Simplified) Note: for a more dramatic tweed, with gobs of color splashing through, blend only once , then continue.
- Lift color-saturated neutral batt, set aside, and blend 7.5g each of natural brown, and natural white.
- Combine layer of color neutral with brown…
- Lift batt, layer alternately with 7.5g each more of natural brown, and natural white. Note: In second blending, for a browner tone, continue with only brown, omitting the white, and for a creamier beige tone, omit the brown.
- Draw off rolags.
- Colorway blend: ” Sandstone” .
- See ALL color blending experiments & recipes archived in Tweed Chronicles
OOO, Well Done! I love the hues in that! Very tweedy indeedy.
It is the Color Of Everywhere, wouldn’t you say our dirt is that color? It would naturally be, as we live on that old dormant volcano. xx
Exquisite yarn 🙂
Thank you Wen, I seem to be sinking further down into the wool blending, but will come up for air soon. I must write you over in Ravelry! xx
Loving these colors. I love the techie stuff! Helps me get color theory in my head better too! TY
Morrie, I know you’ll love the Geological series… all about the natural tones. xx
Oh, and so glad you’re finding the technical sections interesting!
I adore the geological information too. It was one of my favorite subjects…I’m a real rock licker, I am 🙂
I call the top photo “Sandstone and Four Feetzies.” You are a master Spineretta. Spinereuse? And speaking of yarn-in-the-mail, I got a special delivery today.♡♡♡
Meet ya at the Ravelry fence for particulars. Meanwhile, I’ll go find your earlier Tweed Chronicles post about the ever-so-lovely Sea Shells yarn. Soft, gentle pink…my fave.♡♡♡
Taddy I am so happy you got the package, I was beginning to worry! Seashells had you all over it the moment you were praising the post… right… already months back. And yes, I’ll meet you at the Ravelry fence for particulars ~ xx
Love this one too. Can’t wait (but will of course) to see what you knit with these glorious tweedy yarns 🙂
That will be the fun part, after my palette is all developed, pairing the colors up! I’m thinking all the Geological colorways are going to be made for each other.