Color Inspiration Thursday: Winter Morning


Winter Morning, another new, subtly-speckled colorway featuring some of the colors of a winter morning in the country: cool, frosty blues with hints of deep blue sky, with speckles of pink sunrise reflected on snow, and the charcoal outlines of bare trees.

I think this color is great on its own, or would be fabulous paired with The Witching Hour, Shadow, or Atlantis for a multi-color project like Cosy Cottage Orchard, 5190 Miles, or Leryne.

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Color Inspiration Thursday: Raku

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Raku is a new speckled colorway I dyed just before the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Starting with a soft celadon-green base, I layer on vibrant turquoise with hints of deep brown and green. I liked the result, but when I chose this color for the speckled portion of my JojiKnits Starting Point MKAL, I really fell in love.



photo is darker than in real life, but it was a dark day and I couldn’t get the colors quite right

Coupled with the South Pacific and Retro, it adds just the right amount of pizzazz to my wrap. What a color!

I’ll have a bit of Raku in my online shop update, which was supposed to be online by the end of May. Life has a way of messing with the best-laid plans, though, and I’m running late. Which is really stressing me out! I hate missing deadlines SO MUCH. But, it should be live by this coming Saturday, June 3!

This update will include lots of lace weight and fingering weight yarns in kits and separate skeins. Next up will be DK and Worsted!

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Project Updates: Joji’s MKAL and Other Stuff

Did anyone else catch the Starting Point MKAL bug? I tried not to be lured in, but after looking at some of the photos of the first clue, I was helplessly hooked. It looked like too much fun. (Stop here if you don’t want to see my progress: spoilers ahead 🙂 ).


My colors: Raku, Retro, South Pacific, The Witching Hour, Fog (Retro and South Pacific are on Astraea, the rest are Sunna)

Since I started late, I’m behind, but I have finished both sections of Clue 1, and am just about finished with the first half of Clue 2. I can’t wait to see how this turns out!


Clue 1 in process

The photos below are not the best ~ it was so dark and rainy yesterday I couldn’t get the colors right (the one above is much more true to color).


Two sections of Clue 1 completed (and my matching knitting bag from Split Yarn, because I am nothing if not compulsive haha)

Clue 2 is lots of fun to knit, too. I almost finished one side of them last night. It’s really addictive. The next and last section of Clue 2 is in Fog, the light gray, and is the same size as the bigger section of South Pacific.


Nearly complete Clue 2

Because of the yardage requirements for some of the colors, I didn’t put any kits together for this MKAL. Two of the colors require more than 400 yards, and I don’t – yet – have a fingering weight yarn that’s more than 400 yards per skein. But I’m working on this omission in my yarn line up! But, knitting it, I am thinking if you don’t mind getting creative with what color goes where, I bet it could be knit with 5 skeins of a combination of Sunna and Astraea (I have 6.5 skeins total – two skeins of Sunna in Raku (Sunna is 356 yards per skein), one of Sunna in Fog, one each of Astraea in Retro and South Pacific (400 yards each), and a skein and a half of Sunna in The Witching Hour. I have more than enough yarn in some of the colors, just in one skein, so I’m betting they might be swappable. Once the pattern is fully revealed, it will be easier to tell if this is a possibility. And, if it is, this could be an excellent stash buster for single skeins of these two yarn bases.

I’ve been wanting to knit Retro and South Pacific together ever since I dyed them and held them up next to each other. I absolutely adore all these colors together, and just know this is going to be a wrap I wear a lot!

In other news, I am nearly finished knitting AND WRITING DOWN (duh) the pattern I designed for my son’s sweater, below (this is what I SHOULD be doing instead of knitting Joji’s Starting Point … sigh, no self control).


The final design is slightly different than the pattern below, which I think will be too deep in the yoke for most people. Jackson is so tall and lanky it looks fine on him, but when I tried it on I realized I needed to make some adjustments.

I’m knitting the prototype in Selene, my new DK weight non-shrink organic wool, which I absolutely love.

The pattern will be off soon to the Tech Editor, and then I’ll be looking for some test knitters. Email me at if you’re interested in test knitting this pattern! I’d like to have every size test knit, and I’m hoping to have it in sizes from 6 months through XXL adult.



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Color Inspiration Thursday: The Dawn Wall

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About a month before the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, my husband and I watched a documentary about the history of rock climbing in Yosemite National Park, Valley Uprising (available on Netflix streaming). It was a fascinating show about the Park and the evolution of rock climbing from the early pioneers, like Yvon Chouinard and Royal Robbins, to the amazing feats of modern climbers like Dean Potter and Alex Honnold.

Throughout the film, there are stunning images and footage of El Capitan and the “dawn wall,” which is the wall facing east that is hit by the sun as it rises.

I was captivated by the play of color, the golden glow of the sun and cool grays of the rock face, and while we were watching I searched online for images of “The Dawn Wall” to see what would come up. PicMonkey Collage-3

This colorway is the result of that search. In many of the photographs (not the ones I’ve chosen for this mood board), the dawn light has a golden-orange glow to it. I used  Artistic License and went with a cooler golden-yellow, bordering on yellow-green in spots, because I love yellow and gray together, or grellow as this combination is often called. I wanted to create a colorway based both on images of the dawn wall and also these two colors which work so well together and play off each other in such a pleasing way.

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