So I tried spinning oatmeal BFL with bits of some of the stuff I dyed the other day.
The pastel shades were combined with the oatmeal in 2 variations. First I spun a single thread of oatmeal with bits of apricot, sage and lavender at intervals, and plyed that with a single of oatmeal. It was a bit lumpy to begin with, till I got the hang of it. That is the small skein at the top of this photo -
The lower skein is a single spun from the colours alone, plyed with a single spun from the oatmeal alone.
Then I knitted them up. As the yarns came out at about 18 w.p.i., I used 3 mm needles -
DH says subtle; I think perhaps dull.