April Subscriber Color Inspirations!

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I’m finally starting to feel like I’m getting into the swing of things out here in New Mexico. My studio is unpacked and organized, with electricity! I’m still dealing with the lack of running water, which definitely complicates my productivity and efficiency, but it’s all getting easier to work around. Or else I’m just getting used to it. But, Phew! About time, right?!

This is the first Subscriber Color Inspiration I’ve done since moving West. This month’s colors are based on a photo my good friend Kym sent me last month, above. I met Kym at a toddler playgroup in Leesburg, VA way back in 1999, when her daughter and my son were about 18 months old (geez, how time flies! Our babies are now in their early 20’s!!). She’s since relocated back to Colorado, so we don’t see each other but thanks to the marvels of the internet, we’re able to keep in touch. Gotta say, living out here I love the internet and social media; the way it helps me stay connected to friends and family, and all of you.

Anyway, the photo Kym sent me is one she took at Horseshoe Bend, outside Page, Arizona a few years ago. I was immediately entranced – all the colors, all the nuances of color. So rich! I was really taken with the areas of vibrant color, which I know I don’t always envision (quite mistakenly, and probably because I’m an east-coaster) when I think of the canyons and desert landscape of the American Southwest. But, it’s definitely full of color!

I’ve created four colorways based on this gorgeous photo:

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In the Canyon, a soft stone-sand base with flecks of the blue of the sky, and reds, oranges, golds and greens of the canyon walls, river and hillsides.

Red Canyon, a rich tonal solid of deep orange with a haze of red, pulling the deep reds and oranges of the canyon walls on the left side of the photo (this color is most accurate in the group shots; once on its own my camera didn’t want to cooperate with the red overtones, as usual).

Canyon Spring, a rich semi-solid of those vibrant greens of hillside and river, with touches of the deep turquoise shadows in the river.

Golden Stone, a tonal solid picking up the burnished golds of the canyon walls.

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All four colorways are available for dyed-to-order on Sunna (fingering weight superwash merino, cashmere, and silk), Verdande (worsted weight superwash merino, cashmere, and silk), and Flou (laceweight kid mohair and silk). Sunna and Verdande are the two bases I’ve had the most requests for, so I’m including both in this dyed-to-order update. And I’m pretty much obsessed with Flou these days, so I’m including it as well.

Each listing is shown by color, with a drop-down menu for base options, so please be sure to order the correct base via this drop-down menu.

Dyed-to-order listings are now live, and will be open through April 15. Then they’ll close and orders will ship in approximately four weeks.

In other news, I’ve finally, FINALLY, gotten some of my knitting mojo back. I literally had not picked up my needles since the end of November! It’s crazy, because knitting as always been my solace and a big way I relax. But during this tumultuous time in my life, I found that even trying to knit simple stockinette was too much for me. I’m glad it’s back! I’m knitting Joji Locatelli’s Longline Cardigan in some Debouillet I purchased from Clara and dyed for myself. I’ll share some progress photos soon!

September Subscriber Inspiration Colors!

Wow, did I get some great inspiration photos for September! This month’s photo comes from Karen, who sent me this gorgeous photo of an early wintertime scene, complete with clear aqua waters, the last leaves of autumn, storm clouds and towering snow-capped mountains.

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Karen says the photo came across her Facebook feed; she loved the color and wanted to knit some fair isle using this photo as inspiration. It just so happens that the colors I’ve created will work great for fair isle (and I didn’t even know this until I emailed Karen to let her know I’d chosen her photos!), in addition to lots of other projects, of course.

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I was so taken by all the different colors in this photo I ended up creating five colorways around it! The cold, clear aqua of the water became “Crystalline,” the rich red of those lingering leaves became “Last Leaves,” the deep charcoal-with-a-hint-of-blue of the mountains and tree became “Winter Shadows,” the multi-gray hued clouds became “Snow Clouds,” and finally, all were rolled up into a soft, dainty speckle named “Winter Revelry.”

 

 

This month’s colors are offered on Aurora (singly-ply fingering weight superwash merino), Philomena (three-ply fingering weight superwash merino), and Birte (dk weight superwash merino, cashmere, and silk). As usual, there’s a listing for each color on each base.

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September Subscriber Inspiration colors will be available for pre-order from now through September 23, 2018. That’s a bit longer than usual, but I’m off on an adventure with 10 of my high school girlfriends, which we do every 5 years to celebrate our joint birthdays. So, I figured I’d just leave them open until I return. Then, I’ll get to work and get them out to you in about three weeks.

I’ll be skipping October inspiration colors due to New York Sheep & Wool preparations (read: marathon dyeing!), but will resume Subscriber Inspirations in November, so if you’re a newsletter subscriber please feel free to send me an inspiration photo anytime between now and mid-October, for November’s colors (and, if you’re not a subscriber, you can sign up at the top right, and play along with me!).

And, don’t forget, whoever’s photo is chosen receives a free skein of yarn in any of the bases being offered, in one of their special colors!