Did you ever pick out paint, and the color looked great on that little swatch card in the hardware store, but when you put it on a whole wall it was all too much "more"? That same thing happens with yarn.
I've been trying to come up with the perfect "gold" yarn, but it's hard. It can't be too yellow, too orange, or too brown. What looks good on a small swatch can be way too intense in a full skein or two of silk yarn.
It was time to approach this scientifically. I picked three different mixes of gold, scarlett and blue dyes, and then tested them at different strengths.
After the dying was done, I had 15 skeins to choose from:
And when they were dry and labeled, I'd found gold!