Laura, of Gynx Yarns, had a sale not long ago and I saw her discontinued Targhee DK base had exactly three colors available: Goth Girl (a dark purple), Fog (grey), and and experimental dye lot (a groovy 70s yellow/orange). I decided to get two skeins of Goth Girl and one of each of the others for Andrea Mowry's Goldfinch shawl.
When they were delivered, I first noticed how different the Targhee felt from her usual superwash yarns. I haven't done a lot of research on sheep breeds, but a quick google tells me this breed was developed here in the US to better thrive in areas like Montana and Wyoming. Since they were bred from breeds like Rambouillet and Corriedale (which I hear a lot about in podcasts, but have no practical knowledge of), I'm wondering how similar they would feel to work up. Like most 100% wools I've used, it's sturdy. But, at the risk of sounding like a food critic, it is also robust. It's got a lot of spring to it and gave my shawl a lot of body. I'm not sure if it will be as drapey as I'd normally want a shawl to be, after blocking, because of this. I do think it will hold up to use well, though.
As far as the color choices went, I began to waffle. I'm not a wild color combo kind of person, not that these are remotely wild. They are super tame to the average knitter. I just tend to stick with basic neutrals and wear one vibrant color at a time. I was also a little afraid this would look too, "Go LSU!" with the experimental color being in the yellow color family. But yellows and purples are complimentary, right? So I cast on.
This shawl is getting it's ends woven in sloooooowly, but surely, and will be blocking by the weekend. I've now moved back into making some solid colored thingies, but just for a while.
Eventually, I think I'll be exploring color with a Dotted Rays or and Exploration Station.
How about you guys? What's your biggest experiment with color or fiber to date?