They kinda look a little different in every pic, but there's a slight yellow/brown tinge to them. In most lighting, they just look like a washed blue.
You were right, the denim on the single knee rips is hands down better. Maybe it's because they're 100% cotton, but the wash/fading just looks superior.
I really like the rips in your destroyed pair. I'm hoping mine will look better with wear.