New Blog! And Color Inspiration Thursday …

After much thought (months and months, really), I’ve decided to start up my blog again,  after many, many years being a non-blogger.

This is just a better format for writing about color and yarn and all the things I love about what I do. I always endeavor to pick names for colorways that will create images and impressions of the color, but I think being able to add more insight into colors through the blog format will be really fun, and hopefully inspiring. So, this blog will be about color and inspiration, and yarn and knitting, and sheep and spinning, and living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, at the base of the Shenandoah National Park with my wonderful husband, two fantastic teenagers, a gigantic dog and passle of chickens.

Without further adieu, I bring you Color Inspiration Thursday, where I’ll pick a colorway or two to showcase and describe.

The first two colorways are some of my most recent, created for my good friend Clara Parkes for her recent debut of Cormo 3.0, a wonderfully soft bulky yarn. This yarn was a delight to dye, and it’s always so much fun to collaborate with Clara on her fabulous yarns. For these two colorways, we decided to go with warm and earthy tones (which also work fabulously with the beautiful blue Chris of Briar Rose Fibers dyed).



Rousillon is a deep orange, reminiscent of the varied ochre hues of the village of Roussillon, in the Provence region of France.

This ancient village (the first record of it is from 989, and it is an important archeological site for its neolithic signs and artifacts) is one of the most beautiful and impressive villages in France. It is situated in one of the largest ochre deposits in the world, and is well known for its red cliffs and ochre quarries.

I’m imagining this colorway in colorwork projects, paired with The Witching Hour (dark gray, almost black) or Midnight Rendezous (deep blue), or Werewolf in London (another deep blue) or Vendange (deep red). What would you do?

The warm colors of this region really call to me (and if you know me, you know I love dark orange!). I’d love to visit it one day. In the meantime, I’ll have to settle for knitting with these beautiful colors.

Toile de Jouy


Toile de Jouy is a traditional rose-red-pink color, reminiscent of the red hues of Toile de Jouy fabric prints and those old-fashioned roses that just bloom and bloom, and give off the most wonderful fragrance.

Toiles were originally produced in Ireland in the mid-18th Century and quickly became popular in Britain and France. Toile also became very popular in the Colonial Era of America, most especially in towns such as Williamsburg, and was traditionally red, blue, green or black on a white or off-white background.  The reds of many toile patterns appeal to me, because they tend to be not-quite-red, not-quite-pink, and of course the patterns are quite lovely in their depiction of bucolic, pastoral life.

Ever since I dyed this color, I’ve been on a real pink and brown kick, and envision Toile de Jouy with Kestrel (deep browns and charcoals), or Chimney Swift (gray/brown with hints of pale blue and green), or Scrimshaw (soft french vanilla cream). I might just have to play around with some color pairing kits!

Both of these colors will be available on at least some of my regular yarn bases at the 2016 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival (perhaps even in kit form). In the meantime, if you’d like either color (or both ~ they’d be really interesting in a softly-contrasting colorwork project), you can place an order through the Special Order option on my website, on any of my bases (sorry, the Cormo 3.0 is not one of them).

If you were lucky enough to snag some of this yarn from Clara’s webshop, I’m really looking forward to seeing what you create!

11 thoughts on “New Blog! And Color Inspiration Thursday …

  1. Love, LOVE that you restarted this blog, Jen. Enjoying the peek into your wonderful, creative and colorful mind. From this entry, I’m lusting after Rousillon. Would love to see it in other bases. Tayet?

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    1. Thanks! And I will definitely be doing it in other bases, and I have a whole bunch of Tayet here that I’ll be dyeing for MDSW … so yes, for sure! 🙂


  2. Love the Rousillon. Or any other ochre. It’s a color that’s hard to find. Thanks. Can’t wait to see it in Maryland. Will you have it in other yarn bases? I’m thinking Verdande would be great.


    1. Oh, yeah, it would be fantastic on Verdande! I’ll definitely make a note to dye them both on that base, as well as a few others (I can totally see a beautiful lace shawl on Toile de Jouy in Nona, too!).


  3. I managed to snag the Rousillon, but missed the Toile de Jouy and it was the one I wanted most! Darn! I have so much of your yarn – any chance this might be a color in the knitting club this year? BTW, I am taking a class from Clara Parkes at the end of this month, at the Hill Country Weavers Retreat (near Austin, TX). Wish you were going to be there too!


    1. Sorry about that :-(. Clara said the Toile went really fast. I don’t usually include colors in the club that I’ve already done for something else … But perhaps there might be something similar. One never knows heh heh. And lucky you, going to the Retreat! I wish could be there as well; I’m sure it will be a fabulous weekend.


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