Remember yesterday's post about selecting colors to knit a Big Island Wrapper? I've been obsessing about which colors to choose and posted on Ravelry about my quandary. A nice knitter responded with a tip I should have thought of first thing and wanted to share with you all, in case anyone else finds themselves picking among colors for a project (in other words, what knitters do every day).
The tip is, take a photo of your possibilities and grayscale it.
By removing the color hues from your photo, all you see are the color values. This gives you a sense of whether you will get good contrast among your colors, assuming that is what you are after. This process is particularly helpful for fair isle knitting and I use it religiously for that purpose. But I didn't think to apply it here at first. And I'm glad I did. As a result, I've narrowed my choices to Peacock and Water Dancer, although I had started to lean towards Yosemite before looking at the grayscale photo. Here is a repeat of the color photo from yesterday.
This isn't an absolute rule and for stripes or other non-stranded knitting, you may not want a high contrast. But, this is a great tool to have in the knitter's tool kit. It will help you get the results you want.