Color Inspiration Thursday: Bluestone

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So, I have to admit that this colorway was an accident. It turned out to be a very happy accident, as I really love it, but it was definitely not planned.

I had a late subscriber to my Sweater Club, so I had to quickly dye up another batch of the March club color, Winter Sea, which is a soft gray-blue. I went on my merry way, soaking the yarn, mixing the dye, getting it all into the pot …

and then …

I gave it a stir. And the yarn did NOT look like the right color, at all.

Turned out, I totally forgot I was dyeing HALF a batch of yarn, and made up the recipe for a FULL batch. Duh.

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At left, Bluestone. At right, Winter Sea. (Thanks to my local knitting friend, Anne, for taking such a lovely photo of her sweater-in-progress … I can’t find my photo of the club yarn at the moment.)

 

So, yes, it’s lovely. But, no, it’s not the club colorway. I quickly realized what I had done, and re-dyed the club colorway. And then realized that this goof was quite a nice color blue, and not really like any other colorway I had yet created. New colorways sometimes come about via the silliest routes.

I’ll have some of this colorway on a couple of bases in my late June online shop update.

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Color Inspiration Thursday: Winter Morning

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Winter Morning, another new, subtly-speckled colorway featuring some of the colors of a winter morning in the country: cool, frosty blues with hints of deep blue sky, with speckles of pink sunrise reflected on snow, and the charcoal outlines of bare trees.

I think this color is great on its own, or would be fabulous paired with The Witching Hour, Shadow, or Atlantis for a multi-color project like Cosy Cottage Orchard, 5190 Miles, or Leryne.

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Color Inspiration Thursday: Raku

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Raku is a new speckled colorway I dyed just before the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Starting with a soft celadon-green base, I layer on vibrant turquoise with hints of deep brown and green. I liked the result, but when I chose this color for the speckled portion of my JojiKnits Starting Point MKAL, I really fell in love.

 

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photo is darker than in real life, but it was a dark day and I couldn’t get the colors quite right

Coupled with the South Pacific and Retro, it adds just the right amount of pizzazz to my wrap. What a color!

I’ll have a bit of Raku in my online shop update, which was supposed to be online by the end of May. Life has a way of messing with the best-laid plans, though, and I’m running late. Which is really stressing me out! I hate missing deadlines SO MUCH. But, it should be live by this coming Saturday, June 3!

This update will include lots of lace weight and fingering weight yarns in kits and separate skeins. Next up will be DK and Worsted!

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Project Updates: Joji’s MKAL and Other Stuff

Did anyone else catch the Starting Point MKAL bug? I tried not to be lured in, but after looking at some of the photos of the first clue, I was helplessly hooked. It looked like too much fun. (Stop here if you don’t want to see my progress: spoilers ahead 🙂 ).

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My colors: Raku, Retro, South Pacific, The Witching Hour, Fog (Retro and South Pacific are on Astraea, the rest are Sunna)

Since I started late, I’m behind, but I have finished both sections of Clue 1, and am just about finished with the first half of Clue 2. I can’t wait to see how this turns out!

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Clue 1 in process

The photos below are not the best ~ it was so dark and rainy yesterday I couldn’t get the colors right (the one above is much more true to color).

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Two sections of Clue 1 completed (and my matching knitting bag from Split Yarn, because I am nothing if not compulsive haha)

Clue 2 is lots of fun to knit, too. I almost finished one side of them last night. It’s really addictive. The next and last section of Clue 2 is in Fog, the light gray, and is the same size as the bigger section of South Pacific.

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Nearly complete Clue 2

Because of the yardage requirements for some of the colors, I didn’t put any kits together for this MKAL. Two of the colors require more than 400 yards, and I don’t – yet – have a fingering weight yarn that’s more than 400 yards per skein. But I’m working on this omission in my yarn line up! But, knitting it, I am thinking if you don’t mind getting creative with what color goes where, I bet it could be knit with 5 skeins of a combination of Sunna and Astraea (I have 6.5 skeins total – two skeins of Sunna in Raku (Sunna is 356 yards per skein), one of Sunna in Fog, one each of Astraea in Retro and South Pacific (400 yards each), and a skein and a half of Sunna in The Witching Hour. I have more than enough yarn in some of the colors, just in one skein, so I’m betting they might be swappable. Once the pattern is fully revealed, it will be easier to tell if this is a possibility. And, if it is, this could be an excellent stash buster for single skeins of these two yarn bases.

I’ve been wanting to knit Retro and South Pacific together ever since I dyed them and held them up next to each other. I absolutely adore all these colors together, and just know this is going to be a wrap I wear a lot!

In other news, I am nearly finished knitting AND WRITING DOWN (duh) the pattern I designed for my son’s sweater, below (this is what I SHOULD be doing instead of knitting Joji’s Starting Point … sigh, no self control).

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The final design is slightly different than the pattern below, which I think will be too deep in the yoke for most people. Jackson is so tall and lanky it looks fine on him, but when I tried it on I realized I needed to make some adjustments.

I’m knitting the prototype in Selene, my new DK weight non-shrink organic wool, which I absolutely love.

The pattern will be off soon to the Tech Editor, and then I’ll be looking for some test knitters. Email me at info@spirit-trail.net if you’re interested in test knitting this pattern! I’d like to have every size test knit, and I’m hoping to have it in sizes from 6 months through XXL adult.

 

 

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