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It is amazing how inspiring new yarn is. I went back up to 55th St to buy myself some nice quality tea after having a terrible day involving getting very, very lost, and was seduced back into Acorn Street Shop by the call of squishy, plush skeins and beautiful, inspiring finished objects to pet. I shouldn’t be allowed out on my own when there are yarn stores around, honestly.

But the damage has been done! I have new yarn.

It isn’t really special yarn, I’ll give you that. No mohair or baby alpaca or silk laceweight for me, just some good solid Plymouth Encore in Gold and Red.

plymouth encore goldplymouth encore red

They don’t even have interesting color names like Drunk Fuschia or River Periwinkles or something. (Do those yarns exist? Tell me if they do. I will buy them.) OH WELL, I say, because I am inspired.

About half a year ago-ish I worked out a pattern for a rockfish of the genus Sebastes, and then settled on making it specifically Sebastes nigrocinctus, commonly known as the tiger rockfish. Sebastes means august or venerable, and nigrocinctus is a combination of niger (dark) and cinctus (belt), referring to its dark stripes. They come in an array of bold colors, and I consider them one of the most striking fish in the Puget Sound. I got stymied because I couldn’t find appropriate colors.

What colors are tiger rockfish? I will show you.

This first fellow is a pretty average color for a tiger; almost-black red stripes, lighter orange body color. Look at his grumpy lips. This is the one I still haven’t found an exact color match for; that particular shade of pinkish-yellowish-orange is a tough one to match in yarn. But it’s okay, because…

another rockfish

Copyright Jeff Whitlock 2008. From The Online Zoo.

…they also come in this sweet strawberry-ice-cream pink, with paler red stripes. This one is a perfect match for Berroco Vintage in colorway Fondant. This one doesn’t seem to be as common as the orange, perhaps because the paler color makes it more difficult for them to survive past the younger stages of life. I recreated one of these, but was unsatisfied because despite being pretty, they really aren’t very common or representative of tiger rockfish.

And then, if strawberry and apricot weren’t sufficient for you, they also come in this violent shade of…carrot? Maybe even more orange than that. This is peak Orange Fish, and basically only Red Heart Super Saver will do for this particularly neon shade. I have yarn for this puppy, but I have received some feedback that they do not look like real fish when they are this color, so I am hesitant on actually making a rockfish out of these colors. Also, like the pink ones, they are less common. I’ll do it once I’ve finished the less extreme ones, probably.

Finally, we have the one that matches the colors that so inspired me. He’s a nice shade of orangey-gold, and if my picture of the Plymouth Encore isn’t quite this shade, I assure you it is camera error. His stripes are definitely much brighter than the Encore red, but I’m okay with that because I know that darker stripes are natural and common for rockfish, and was just having trouble finding an accurate body color to match my reds to.

Tigers max at about 24″ and 115 years. My rockfish prototype is 12″ and 1 year old, and I am excited to get back to him. Velociraptor is on hold again. Designing from scratch is hard when you’re still trying to figure out college and only getting about six hours of sleep a night.

Lookit my fishie.

original rockfish prototype

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