Color Inspiration Thursday: Painted Hills


This colorway was a collaboration with knitwear designer Emily Connell, who emailed me a few months back about creating a colorway for a design idea she had.

She gave me a description and colors for what she was envisioning, and I went searching for images that might include these (it helps if I have a picture in my head when I’m working on a colorway).

What I found were images of several different geological formations, the first being the Painted Hills in Oregon. These rocky formations and fossil beds are surreal: reds, blues, burnt oranges, and even purples, on a tan-golden surface. I sent Emily some photos to look over, and it was just what she was thinking.

So, this colorway takes its inspiration from these amazing formations. The Painted Hills, Grand Canyon, and Monument Valley in the US, and further afield, the Rainbow Mountains of the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Gansu , China. I took some artistic license, of course, warming up the background and playing around with the colors a bit. I really like the result, and I absolutely love how it looks knit up.


Emily has finished her design, and it’s a gorgeous brioche pullover. I’ll have the sample on display at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival (as well as Painted Hills on every yarn base I can manage to get it dyed on 🙂 ). This colorway will be available online thereafter!


2 thoughts on “Color Inspiration Thursday: Painted Hills

  1. This is a breath-taking new color! Could you hear me oohing & aahng as I read your post & looked at the photos?! Look forward to seeing it at Rhinebeck.

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