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Working with Hand Painted Yarn

I love our new yarn Hawthorne. You probably could tell because I wouldn't shut up about it on our latest podcast. Since I've been using it like crazy in several projects, I thought I'd share some tips & tricks for working with what can be a challenging yarn to some people - hand painted yarn.

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Palette Contest Winner

Wow. This was the biggest response to contest we've ever had. Since the overwhelming response resulted in some issues with commenting on the blog late in the weekend, we counted comments on other blog posts, emails & social media places - which brought the total entries to over 28,000! There were so many wonderful comments & ideas on what to do with 150 skeins of Palette! (since I was approving the comments, I read them all!). To keep it fair, we randomly drew a winner from all the entries. So a big congratulations to Nan in Minnesota, who commented: I would give them to the girls in our school knitting club to use in this year's charity project--making sweaters for our adopted orphanage in Kenya. We hope Nan will share photos of these wonderful girls using our yarn and that they have fun making some very special gifts!

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What would you do…

Comments are now closed – Stay tuned for the winner!...with 150 skeins of Palette? That's what we want to know.  We are giving away our Palette Sampler to one lucky person - all 150 colors of our Palette line!

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Favorite Fall Colors

Fall is without a doubt my favorite season. Crisp, windy days, plaid blankets, roaring fires, flushed cheeks and the promise of Christmas around the corner. Yummy! In addition to making me eternally happy, the splendors of autumn translate into beautiful color palettes, especially in tweed yarns.

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Sooo Close!

I'm getting really close to finishing my Chroma blanket! Out of 120 5" squares, I've crocheted over 100 of them. I only have three more rows of squares to attach, and then it's on to the border! It's already big enough to provide some serious warmth.

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Choosing Color Palettes

My very favorite aspect of crocheting & knitting is choosing a color palette (followed closely by the keen anticipation of waiting for yarn to arrive at my doorstep). A tasteful color scheme is crucial, as it will make or break a project. There is an endless sea of brilliant color combinations to choose from ... you just have to know where to look! First, I set up a Pinterest board to store my color palette images. Next, I start compiling images with lovely color schemes. There are quite a few sites that make this a breeze. My favorite is Design Seeds, which is updated daily with gorgeous color palettes pulled from photos. Here's an example of a yarn color scheme in our wool line Palette that I extracted from a Design Seeds image:

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A statement blanket

As you may have noticed in my last crochet post, I'm hard at work on another monstrous crochet project. I've taken a break from the wee stitches of doilies and settled in with some repetitive Circled Squares in Chroma! Finny isn't the only one who is rather smitten with this afghan-in-progress. My other little guy has been seeking out any part of it - loose squares and all - to nestle in to. But most of the time it's draped across the couch - I'm already using it, even though it's not even halfway assembled yet!

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Harmonious colors in Fia

If you've been intrigued by the Celtic motifs of the Fia Pullover but aren't so keen on green, here are a few more suggestions of colors that would work well for this pattern! Fia looks best in two colors of the same family: two pinks, two blues, two greys, and so on. The most important thing to look for is a difference in value - how different the colors are in brightness. Choose the 'background' color first, which in the case of Fia is the darker color. From there, compare colors in the same family that are a lighter version (check out the great color descriptions with each one!). Colors that are only a touch different, like Delta and Whirlpool for instance, won't contrast enough with each other to show detail. But if you like Delta, Sky and Clarity are in the same family and would make a better match.

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Enjoy color with the Hue Shift Afghan!

Now that it's cuddle-up-on-the-couch season, it's just the right time for a new afghan. Add a little splash of color to your decor with the Hue Shift Aghan! This afghan is knit in Garter stitch mitered squares. The squares are picked up and knit off of each other in four large segments, so that the only seam required is to stitch the four segments together. Because of this, it makes an easy travel project, because no one section is very large. The 10 colors in the patterning of the afghan are arranged in such a way that they create a wash of 100 slightly different, shifting shades. This pattern is available in two colorways as a ready-to-knit kit: Rainbow and Decor. But, if you want to create your own colorful masterpiece, get the downloadable version and choose your own palette. With a little imagination, the color possibilities are much greater! For instance, if you wanted a rich, jewel-toned blanket, try these colors...

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