Color Inspiration Thursday: White Noise

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Probably the hardest sell for me for speckled yarn was speckles on white. It felt like a major case of cheating, leaving all that white yarn untouched. But, like speckles in general, I decided to give it a go, and found myself a convert to these sorts of colors as well.

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“White Noise” is the second colorway I’ve created recently that starts with white yarn (well, just about everything starts with white yarn, but you know what I mean), and working to have much of it remain white. Again, it’s the nuances in this colorway that mesmerize and beckon me, like a quiet siren’s song. There are the grays and charcoals, of course, but on closer inspection, there’s green and blue, and hints of pink, orange, and yellow that become noticeable the longer one looks at the skein. Magical, indeed.

I can’t wait to see what White Noise looks like knitted up (so, if you purchased some at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, please do share your swatching and your project!).

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Finished Objects: The Anonymous Shawl

I was taken with the design of this shawl as soon as it came across my Instagram feed. The textures just grabbed me, and I loved every bit of it.

It’s beautiful in one color, but because of the different sections and stitch patterns, I immediately envisioned it in three colors. The textured stitch pattern just screamed that it needed to be knit in speckles or variegated yarn. And I thought those textured sections would look really beautiful sandwiched between sections of different colored stripes.

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I had just created my new colorway, Spectrum, and was captivated by it, so of course I had to knit it in this beautiful textured stitch. I had also dyed a new batch of Black Cherry and noticed how nicely it complimented and brought out the deep red speckles in Spectrum. These two colors would be great coupled with a dark neutral, so I chose The Witching Hour as the third color.

The first adjustment I made to the pattern was to knit it in fingering weight instead of dk weight. I chose Sunna because it’s wonderfully soft, drapey and luxurious; the perfect yarn for knitting next-to-skin projects. I don’t wear shawls all that much, but I wear scarves all the time, so I thought the lighter weight yarn would make a smaller accessory that I could just wrap around my neck. I stuck with the size 4 needle per pattern, though, since I wanted it to be light and drapey. As you can see from the photos, it can still be worn as a shoulder shawl (although I did block it fairly severely to get that lovely stitch pattern to pop).

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My Anonymous Shawl, modeled by my beautiful daughter, Caragh, who is way more photogenic than I am

Here are my notes on how I adjusted this shawl for three colors, for those of you who purchased the yarn at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, or saw my shawl and want to knit a three-color version, and anyone else out there who’d like to knit this lovely pattern in three colors.

First off, if you haven’t purchased Verena’s pattern, you can do so on Ravelry, here. (There is a printable / downloadable PDF of these adjustments at the bottom of this blog post, too 🙂 ).

Color A: The Witching Hour
Color B: Black Cherry
Color C: Spectral

SET UP:
Color A

Section A.1:
Rows 1-2: Color A
Rows 3-4: Color B
Rows 5-6: Color A

 

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Section B.1:
Color B

Section C.1:
Color C

Section B.2
Revise section as follows:
At the end of previous section, do not turn your work. Cut Spectrum (leaving enough to sew the end in), slide stitches to the other side of the needle, and knit with Color B as follows:
Row 1: K3, Kdb, K to last 4 stitches, Kdb, K3
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: K3, Kfb, {K2tog, YO} repeat to last 5 stitches, K1, Kfb, K3
Row 4: Knit
(NOTE: You are Kfb in this section, NOT Kfbf 🙂

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Section A.2:
Row 1-2: Color A
Row 3-4: Color B

Section B.3:
Color B

Section C.2:
Color C

Section B.4:
Color B, follow directions for adjustment in Section B.2

Section A.3
Rows 1-2: Color A
Rows 3-4: Color B

Section B.5:
Color C
I added a few rows because I wanted a wider band of Spectrum across the bottom. I didn’t adjust the increases because at this point in the shawl, stitch count is not so important. Adjust pattern as follows:
Row 1: K3, Kfbf, K to last 4, Kfbf, K3
Row 2: K3, Purl to last 3, K3
Row 3: same as Row 1
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: same as Row 1
Row 6: Knit

Picot Bind-Off:
Color C

And there you have it!

Click here for a downloadable pdf of these adjustments (and don’t forget, you need to buy the pattern on Ravelry! This is only the detail for my adjustments to three colors 🙂 ).

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Isn’t she just the most adorable thing? She’s the perfect model. And, she’s kind, smart, and funny, too. So proud of this girl 🙂

Happy Weekend to all!

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Color Inspiration Thursday: Water Garden

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“Water Garden” is one of my new speckled colorways, and is a blend of blues, pinks, lavenders, greens, and yellows over a muted, cool gray. I really love impressionism, and my favorites artists of this method are Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, and Edgar Degas. I really love this part of the National Gallery of Art, and often wandered through this part of the museum while in college in Washington, DC (and also brought my homework with me and found a quite bench to sit and work for a bit). I find myself drawn to these paintings, their bold use of color over specific detail, and when I started working on speckles new I wanted to translate some of this work onto yarn.WaterGardenCollage

This is the first colorway based on my love of Monet and impressionism, but I have a series of speckled colorways based on this method brewing up a storm in my brain. I think the techniques of impressionism lend themselves so well to yarn dyeing.

Water Garden will be one of a number of new colorways included in the first of my online shop updates (I’ve never done these types of updates before, so bear with me as I work through the different production schedule and details). I’m planning the first regular online shop update for late May (I don’t have a specific date yet, but I’ll announce it as it approaches!).

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Color Inspiration Thursday: French Marigold

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French Marigolds have to be one of my most favorite summer flowers. The colors are so rich, and I actually like the fragrance. It’s a bonus that that same fragrance is unpopular with many garden pests.

For this colorway, I focused on the deeper shades and stayed away from the brighter yellow-gold. I wanted this to be deep and rich, and it is. It’s fairly autumnal in hue, too, reminding me a bit of indian corn, falling leaves, and gourds.

In summer, I not only plant many of my patio pots in french marigolds, I also surround my vegetable plants with them in varying hues of deep red, rust, orange, and gold. And in the depth of February, when I started contemplating new colorways, I had warm summer days on my mind.

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