Yup, that's it. It needs more yellow.
I've finished the Dutch Spiral rope, and I've decided that the reason I'm not crazy about it is that the color balance is off; the yellow is getting lost. Red is such a strong color; although there isn't a lot of it by volume, it's taking up more than its fair share of attention.
Right now, the red and the green are demanding all the attention and making it look more like Christmas than like a field of tulips. I guess that's always a danger with red and green; they do scream Christmas when used together.
I've got an idea on how to make it stop saying Christmas, but I'll have to leave that for tomorrow. I'm off to a party right now!