June Color Inspirations!

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Newsletter subscriber Meghan sent me a photo she found online, totally different from the photos I usually choose for color inspirations. Meghan said, “I saw this photo on Pinterest, and was immediately intrigued by how you’d create colorways from an abstract image.”

I was intrigued, too. I love the technique used in this photo, which is called “bokeh.” This technique creates out-of-focus areas in photographs, either in the background or, in this case, the whole photo. The word “bokeh” is Japanese, and translates literally as “blur.” I always love photos which incorporate this technique which serves to draw the eye to other, in-focus portions of the photo or, in this case, creates a visual that’s entirely out of focus, and beautiful.

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I created two colorways from this photo. The first, Sweet Denim, is a tonal solid of the blue background. I went a tiny bit lighter so that it wouldn’t end up black, and I’m super happy with this colorway. Blues can be so tricky. Most especially navy, which can very easily have a purplish undertone. This blue is a perfect blend of denims, from dark to faded.

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The second colorway, Fire & Light, takes all those bokeh bubbles and plays around with them. Red, green, and warm browns are layered over soft gold (again, I took artist license and toned down the bright, neon yellow just a bit because I didn’t want such a bright contrast for the denim).

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I love both colors, and I love how they look together. They’d be great for contrasting colorwork, especially in the yoke of a sweater or any colorwork accessories.

Both colorways are available on the following bases:

Fiona: Fingering Weight 85% 19.5 micron Merino,15% Bombyx Silk, Two Ply. 3.5 ounces (100g), 491 yards (448m) per skein.  22-32 stitches / 4 inches on US Needle Size 0-4 (higher gauge for socks, looser for lace). $35.00 per skein.

Soleil: DK weight 50% Superwash Merino / 50% Cotton, Four Ply. 3.5 ounce (100g),  231 yards per skein. 22-24 stitches / 4 inches on US Needle Size 3-6. $30.00 per skein.

Zaftig: Super Bulky Weight 100% 20.5 Micron Superfine Merino, Single Ply. 5.29 ounce / 150g, 90 yards (82m) per skein. 8-10 stitches / 4 inches on US Needle Size 13-19. $30.00 per skein.

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Listings for both colorways are open now through July 5, 2019 for pre-orders. All orders will ship 3-4 weeks (if not sooner) after the listings close.

And a quick side note I noted as I was adding these listings to my site: since I added Pledgling to my website for donations to five different organizations working to prevent suicide, we’ve donated (as of writing this email) $2,626 to this cause! I’m so proud of that, and hope you are, too!

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New! Merino – Cotton for Summer!

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It may not officially be summer yet, but the temperature has been creeping up here in the high desert of New Mexico. After what locals tell me was a longer and colder than usual winter, daytime temps are up in the high 70’s and 80’s with super low humidity, and night temps are typically 30 degrees lower. It’s kind of perfect up here at 6,600 feet, if you ask me.

But the first warm day I walked over to the studio in my black running tights I had a Holy Crap! moment. That sun is hot, and black soaks it up (I’m being super careful about my adorable black dog being out in the sun too long). I knew I needed some lighter colored clothing to deflect the glorious sunshine, rather than soak it up. And some lighter fibers, as well.

The lack of elasticity in 100% cotton yarn is really hard on my hands, so I never knit with it anymore. I started looking for blends, and found a 50% Superwash Merino, 50% Cotton yarn in both fingering and dk weights that seemed like it might be pretty great. I couldn’t wait to get it in, get some test colors dyed, and knit a swatch.

I’m really super pleased to report this yarn is simply lovely. It’s light, soft, has fantastic drape, and best of all, it has the elasticity of wool to make it easier on the hands. I am in love! I started knitting a Sunshine Coast sweater by Heidi Kirrmaier a few days ago, and I’m enjoying every stitch.

I’ve created 10 new tonal solid colorways for this update, and paired these with 9 variegated / speckled colorways, all in a bright, happy summertime palette.

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I went a little crazy with photos, but they all look so great together! The color combos are endless – email me if you’d like help putting colors together; I just love doing that! For photos of each yarn, check out the Special Shop Update page on my website. Each listing has several photos of each color as well; click on “view fullsize image” below the photos to embiggen.

As I mentioned above, I’m knitting a Sunshine Coast in “Tropics,” a soft but vibrant aqua blue. Here are some other patterns I love for this yarn:

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Nitty Gritty: this is a dyed-to-order update. All listings will be open until June 21, 2019. Then I’ll close them and get to work. I anticipate shipping all orders within four weeks, if not sooner.

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