I'm thinking of doing some yarns in jewel tones based off the Black Jewels books. The jewel ranks in the books are:
Now you'd think that these would be pretty straight forward. However, all of the jewels have different strengths, so I want to make the fiber multi-tonal in shade. So, white would be ecru, white, cream, etc. Yellows all blended together so you get bits of butter, sunshine, crayon, etc. Tiger-eye will be interesting, since that will need really well blended golden orange and browns. Rose can be pinks and lavenders (and hey, I just spent all day carding up lavender! :)
Summer-sky has never really been defined. But I tend to think of it as shades of blue, maybe with a touch of white and yellow through it occasionally. Just a hint. Never a dark blue, but like the clear, deep, brilliant blue that you see vaulting overhead in the middle of summer. Purple-Dusk would be blues, purples, with some pink threaded through it as well.
Since Opal is the middle of the ranks and can be a dark or light jewel, and since opals contain so many colors in them, I plan to blend bits from all the other jewels into 2 different opal yarns. 1 with all the light colors and 1 with all the dark colors. I might even do a third with super fine singles of each and ply them together so that you have the balanced dark and light halves.
Greens, Sapphire, and Red. Pretty basic, I want to blend all different shades of those into each fiber bunch. Grey will be interesting, since I can blend so many different colors of grey and Ebon-grey can be the same grey blend, but with 1/4 or so substituted with black.
Then you get the Black jewels which will be as black as I can get them.
I also intend to get sparkly additions to add into the fiber to be spun. I just have to buy it. I know they make White that sparkles with WHITE, various shades of white with blue, green, and purple shimmer...there is also purple, blue, gold, red, black, all the colors I need.
Now I just need to be able to afford them. Ah well. That's what the 9-5 is for. :)