Why Doesn’t Blue Knitting Photograph Accurately?

There’s a certain type of blue. A sort of luminous, turquoisey color that makes you feel like you’ve fallen into a deep, calm Caribbean lagoon. I’ve invested a lot of time into learning to dye yarn just that color and I like the result. But, no matter how many different types of light I try to photograph it in, I can’t capture the color accurately.

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This is my hat, after completing clue two, for the 2015 Woolly Wormhead Mystery KAL. I love the pattern and it’s a fun knit. The yarn is Elliebelly Bleu, an aran weight Blue Faced Leicester yarn. And the color, which is not, to my great frustration, accurately depicted in any of the photos below, is Margery.

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The middle photo is closest, but it doesn’t really capture it. It lacks the depth, the richness and the shimmer of the yarn. Is there a photography class in my future? Or is there some trick with lighting I’m simply not aware of? I’m going to carry the hat around with me and snap pictures in different places in hopes I can come up with something accurate. But I won’t be quitting my day job to become a photographer anytime soon!

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