Friday, June 1, 2012

More on DW scarves :-)

I know you are tired of Doctor Who scarves. Unfortunately for you, I am not. LOL So here is what I'm doing. If you're tired of hearing about them, you might want to skip this one. I need to write down the colors and information so I don't lose it all. This is my place for that.

As I noted last time, the original scarf colors from the BBC were listed as Purple, Camel, Mustard, Rust, Grey, Greenish brown, and Bronze.

Now the Doctor Who Scarf site uses different terminology - red, green, gold, tan, brown, purple, and grey.

First thing to do is to translate this into the same terms so I am looking for the same general color and because I am ... shall we say a fanatic, perfectionist or whatever word comes to mind lol Watch it now! LOL I want them in the same order so ...

Purple = Purple

Tan = Camel
Gold = Mustard
Red = Rust 
Grey = Grey
Green = Greenish brown
Brown = Bronze

Or one could go the opposite way.
Purple = Purple
Camel = Tan
Mustard = Gold
Rust = Red
Grey = Grey
Greenish Brown = Green
Bronze = Brown
Since I am interested right now in acrylics only, there are two options given at that site, one for worsted and one for aran.

If you look at Wikipedia it would seem that these two categories mean the same thing. U.S. calls it worsted and UK calls it aran. Lion Brand seems to concur as its description says "CATEGORY 4 MEDIUM: WORSTED-WEIGHT, AFGHAN, ARAN YARN". The Craft Yarn Council also categorizes aran with worsted. However, wisegeek disagrees. That site says aran is slightly thicker than worsted and may also be called heavy worsted. (category 3 yarn is sometimes called light worsted, just fyi). Perhaps the problem is that there is no category 4 1/2. Heh

In any case, Gene has the two weights separate. I agree since in his worsted he includes Red Heart Soft and Bernat Satin which are thinner yarns than I Love This Yarn and Vanna's Choice.

I think we need to back the truck up and either create a 4.5 category or make heavy worsted category 5 and change chunky and super bulky. Who agrees? Like anyone cares what I think. LOL

With all the above in mind, I took a look at what I purchased and what I would need to purchase. The Aran seems to hold more yarns that I have and/or like.

Purple - Vanna's Choice Burgundy. Need it.
Camel - I love This Yarn light taupe. Have it.
Mustard - I Love This Yarn sungold. Have it.
Rust - I have both I Love This Yarn Terra Cotta and Vanna's Choice Brick.
Grey - Vanna's Choice Taupe. Need it.
Greenish brown - Bernat Waverly Bark. Need it.
Bronze - Vanna's Choice Toffee. Need it.

With all the yarn I just bought, can you believe I still need 4 skeins out of 7!!

Now, don't pass out on me but I'm going to look at The Witty Little Knitter's Colors as well.

Again we have to translate. This site is not worked the same way. She gives specific yarn colors for each type of yarn for each scarf. So looking at Vanna's Choice (which I used for my first three scarves and I think makes a lovely scarf)

Burgundy = Purple
Beige = Camel
Mustard = Mustard
Brick = Rust
Charcoal = Grey
Olive = Greenish Brown

Toffee = Bronze

or the other way
Purple =Burgundy
Camel = Beige
Mustard =Mustard
Rust = Brick
Grey = Charcoal
Greenish Brown = Olive
Bronze = Toffee

The problem WLK has is that Vanna's Choice does not make all the yarn colors that closely match the colors needed so she was forced to choose the closest match. The colors work well together, even if they are not an exact match to the original. Of these colors, the Beige is a little light I think and the Olive is too green. But they still work. I think by substituting Annie's Choice that I used for the last scarf for the beige, this could be very close to perfect.

As noted yesterday, the purple in some pictures looks like the blue purple and in others it looks more like burgundy. Since she has seen the scarves in person I'm confident in her color choices more than my TV.

If we look at the Season 18 scarf, it is simpler as there are only three colors. BBC lists these as Terra Cotta, Deep Purple, and Claret.

DWS translation
Terra Cotta =rust
Deep Purple = purple
Claret = wine

One possible yarn suggestion is Lion Brand Jiffy
Terra Cotta = paprika
Deep Purple = grape
Claret = chili

another is Red Heart Soft
Terra Cotta = paprika

Deep Purple = grape
Claret = wine

Terra Cotta = spice
Deep Purple = eggplant
Claret = garnet

So here's my CURRENT plan. I will make at least one more Doctor Who Season 14 scarf using the colors above. Then I will make two Season 18 scarves with the colors above. S18 scarves are about 26' long so that will be a job! Then I'm done. Maybe. :-) Of course, I might consider making one for someone else if they pay for it.

What think you? What? You think I'm nuts? Never mind. I'm going to attempt it anyway unless I get bored with it before then. ROFL

Happy crocheting!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Doctor Who scarf

I am still working on Doctor Who scarves. Yes, I am obsessed. LOL

I made a thin one before I went on vacation and sewed in the tails while away. This past week I also  purchased some I Love This Yarn, hoping to find a match for all the colors in that yarn, which I do love. :-) More on that in another post.

The original scarf colors from the BBC were listed as Purple, Camel, Mustard, Rust, Grey, Greenish brown, Bronze (my monitor colors are very approximate and I do not attempt to match the original colors)

As I said, I worked on this scarf before I left for vacation, so if I am remembering correctly, the colors which were used in this scarf are:
Red Heart Soft Grape Color 3729 (purple)
Annie's Choice Linen (camel)
Caron One Pound Sunflower Color 0549 (mustard)
Impeccable Rouge Color 01531 (Rust)
Impeccable True Grey 01044 (Grey)
Vanna's Choice Rust Color 135 (bronze)
Annie's Choice Tapestry Green

The Impeccable Heather I bought at Michael's I found too light but the Annie's Choice worked well. The Sunflower is a tinge bright, but I think the right shade even though a pound is certainly too much for one scarf.  Annie's Choice has a goldenrod that I think would also work. This purple may or may not be right. In some photos of the show the purple looks more blue purple and in others more a burgundy, depending on lighting. Hard to know which is right so I think both work okay. The green could probably be a bit browner but if you look at closeups of some episodes it does appear a dark olive greenish leaning towards brown. That's exact, right? LOL

Here is one shot of the purple.

Here is one of the previous scarves I made using the Vanna's Choice only colors, just for comparison. I really think except for the beige being a little light, these colors work well. If one is trying to use the same yarn, however, sacrifices must be made. :-)

Lighting makes a huge difference in how the colors appear. Here is the scarf just finished (like photos 1 and 2), but photographed in different lighting. The colors look lighter plus the grey even looks blue.

That said, the lighting in which I chose the colors from the paint chips certainly could have made a difference.

So what do I think of these colors? Except for the rouge being too pink, I think the other colors work okay.

Here are two shots from the episode Pyramid of Mars. This is a Season 13 scarf but the colors would be the same as Season 14. One appears outdoors and one in the TARDIS. (The scarf is not being worn the same so the colors are not in the same order.) You can see how the change in lighting changes the colors slightly.

Optimally one would find the "right" colors with the same yarn thickness so they work well together. Of course, you can always go to Tara or Gene/Chris' sites and use the recommended yarns. I prefer not to work with wool, which is why I went with Vanna's Choice recommended by Tara. Now I'm checking out the other acrylic yarns recommended at the Doctor Who Scarf site.

I'm not really trying to get the perfect colors because unless one has seen the scarf in the 80s that is impossible. However, those who have seen the original scarves now will have the best idea of color, even if the colors have changed over time. I'm just trying to get what I think might be a pleasing, reasonable  facsimile.

Wish me luck! :-)

Oh and wait until I tackle Season 18! It is totally different.

Happy crocheting!