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Illusion! Fun with Eyes and Colors!

December 13, 2021

In this issue:  Colors Can Be WEIRD!    Shop News   The Tip Jar   Private Lessons  Contact info

Colors Can Be WEIRD!Two christmas trees intertwined between dark brown and light green stripes. The two trees are the same shade of green but look like they're different colors due to optical illusion
Using optical illusion in yarn crafts

See those trees at right? They look like they're different colors, don't they? But they're actually the SAME shade of green. Really! See the photo below for proof:
a close up of the tree photo showing a circle in the same color overlaid on the trees, showing that they're the same color

Crazy, huh?! Why does this happen? When you see, you don't just see. Your eyes and brain* work together to help you understand your environment better. We never see colors in isolation, but only in relation to other colors. In the Christmas Tree picture, the tree that is under the dark lines looks to our brain like it's in the shadows, so our brain insists that it's darker. When it's under the light lines, our brain says "this one's in the sunshine" and makes it look lighter.

This particular illusion is known as the Munker-White illusion, and it's super handy for textile arts like knitting, crochet, weaving, and needlepoint, because it gives us a way to create pieces that look like they have more colors than they actually do. This is used to great effect in Illusion Knitting and Illusion Crochet, which use just two colors, plus raised textures, to give the illusion of 3 or more colors. There are also interesting optical illusions that can be worked in weaving and needlepoint, as well.

Here are some other cool color illusions you can check out!

Be safe, be well, be kind!

-Caryn & the Yarnivore crew

*Did you know that the optic nerve and retina of your eye are considered part of the brain?

  Shop News

Featured Pattern & Yarn
Look as good leaving as you did arriving with the gorgeous Devine Exodus sweater from James N. Watts! James is a classical musician and knitting designer who also lives in a warmer climate, so his designs are always appropriate for our Texas weather. Devine Exodus is available for $8 in-store, on Payhip or on Ravelry. What yarn to use for this pleated-back design? We think a basic wool or wool blend in a solid color would be perfect: Cascade 220, Plymouth Galway, Vintage Worsted. Or try a cotton blend like River Washed XL or Remix!

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The Tip Jar

Picking up dropped stitches! Every knitter has dropped a stitch (or two or three or more) and struggled to pick them back up. We have a simple tip for picking them up. Don't use the working needles to pick them up; this will often cause the other loose stitches to drop another row. Do use a smaller knitting or yarn/tapestry needle to secure the stitches. You can then work the stitches off the spare needle without causing more mayhem. 

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