Do you remember, in the early springtime, when I was desparately looking for the yarn of the perfect shade of green? Back then, I tried to describe to a bewildered stall-keeper in our local street market that I wanted "a different green ... a pesto green, with hints of emerald ... and a little aquamarine ... and a touch of moss ... but not too dark ... " Ah, wasn't that perfectly clear? Not surprisingly, I never found that precise shade of green. But I managed to create something very close.
I got a skein of Cascade Alpaca Lace in "Icelander" color, a blend of a rich pesto green with some olive that's nice but without the sheen I was looking for. Then I got a ball of fluffy, lustrous Rowan Kid Mohair and Silk in lime color (actually called "jelly"). I knitted the two strands together, and voilà! Out came a green very close to what I had in mind.
Working with two or more strands can seem daunting, but it really isn't any different than working with one. I suppose there's some risk tangling the yarns, but for some reason that's never happened to me, even though I keep the different balls inside the same bag (just as I'm doing with the coat I'm slowly knitting with five strands). And by using yarns of different fiber, thickness and color together, you can create unique textures and hues. Lke this ... hmm ... what-shall-we-call-it? Like this Francesca green.