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.

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.


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.


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!



August Subscriber Inspiration Colorways!

Melanie’s inspiration photo

August’s Subscriber Inspiration colorways are based on a photo newsletter subscriber Melanie sent me, of a gorgeous Autumn-hued mandala. It made me think of the ancient Silk Road, rich tapestries and silks. And, of course, the beauty of Autumn in the eastern United States (and I don’t know about you, but I am ready for Fall!!).

After looking at Melanie’s photo for a while, I knew it was the one to use for August, as summer comes to an end and autumn is on the horizon. Evenings are cooling off, and there’s a crispness to the air on some mornings (not today, though!) that tells me Autumn is definitely on its way.

“Tamrin,” above, is based on the palest colors in the mandala. It’s named for the Tamrin Basin, in Northwest China, made up part of the Silk Road route.

“Taklamakan” draws from the rich golden hues, and is named after the desert which dominates most of the Tamrin Basin.

“Kashgar Market” is based on the rich chili red-orange in the mandala, and is named for the colorful markets along the Silk Road.

Lastly, “Jingdezhan” draws from the muted teal in the mandala, and is named for the kiln responsible for the highly reconizable ceramics of China c 1300-1340.

All four colors are available for pre-order now through August 30. Then I’ll get busy dyeing them up, and plan to ship by September 15-20, 2018. Just in time to officially welcome Autumn to the Northern Hemisphere!

And hey, don’t forget! If you’re a newsletter subscriber (link at upper right if you’re not yet), send me an inspiration photo for September. It can be a photo you’ve taken, or something you’ve come across online. If I choose your photo, you’ll get a free skein of yarn in your special color!