Category Archives: colorwork

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Uniquely You: Choosing a colorwork palette

A sequel to our 2015 Fair Isle collection, Creative Color is packed with 15 brand new patterns for colorwork knitting from our favorite independent designers! The projects range from accessories to complex fair isle sweaters, but all are equally stunning! But what happens if you love the pattern, but the color palette just isn't your style? It's a bit more complicated to substitute colors for a pattern that calls for many different shades - but it's definitely not impossible! To show you just how versatile colorwork can be, we've chosen three different projects from Creative Color and knit up swatches in alternate colorways as inspiration. Let's get started! 1. The Carivel Colorblock Sweater by Megan Spencer

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Creative Color: Our New 2016 Fair Isle Collection

Crazy for colorwork? Say "hellooooo!" to our new 2016 Fair Isle collection: Creative Color! This collection is an explosion of gorgeous autumnal jewel-tones, impressive motifs and utterly wearable knits. Newcomers to Fair Isle can try their hand at one of the classic accessories while experienced knitters have plenty of intricate sweaters to choose from for their next knitting challenge. Today we'll be looking at three of the stunning pullovers from this brand new collection.

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Staff Projects – Bunny Knits!

Spring is almost over - can you believe it? Only about a month to go until summer, and I don't know if I'm ready quite yet. The weather in the Northwest has been everything from 50 to 90 degrees already, giving us a sample of what looks to be the hot summer ahead. So to keep spring around for just a bit longer (at least in my mind, and on my needles) I made some sweater for my daughters. Want to see?

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Free Pattern – Melodica Coin Purse

I feel like we don't see enough coin purses out there - they're so handy, not just for coins but for other small little items you don't want to have to keep digging though a big purse to find (I keep lip balm & gloss in mine!).  Plus they're handy if you just want to carry around a few items and not worry about a large purse on a night out. Well if you want to make one for yourself, check out the newest free pattern from the always creative SpillyJane, the Melodica Coin Purse!

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Introducing: Alpaca Cloud Fingering Weight Yarn!

Do you like knitting and crocheting with alpaca yarn? I love it. Everything I make is so soft and light. I'm not a lace knitter, so when Alpaca Cloud Lace Yarn came out in such a stunning array of colors, I lamented that it was a bit too thin for anything I've got in my queue. Enter Alpaca Cloud Fingering Yarn, in such an amazing  palette and fingering weight for lightweight (but so warm!) sweaters, shawls, and amazing colorwork.

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Color Palettes Using Apps

Picking color palettes has never been easier with the widespread use of smart phones and tablets. I'm going to feature four free applications that I use on my iphone to either pick from a photograph found online or a picture I snap as I walk around my neighborhood! Above is the sample image from a recent photo shoot that I used to test drive these different applications.

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Color Theory Part 2: exploring hue, value, tint, shade and tone

When you first start to explore color theory, chances are that you'll run across a lot of new terms (and they might seem at first to all refer to the same thing - color)! However, once you dive into this fascinating topic - you'll learn the subtle differences between things like hue, value, tint, shade and tone. To start, let's go over the broadest term in this group of color theory words: hue. In painting, hue actually refers to a pure color - red, yellow, blue - without any white or black added to it. But in a broader sense, hue is just a fancy word for color! Another term you'll come across is value - this word is synonymous to what we describe a color as light or dark. You can also think about value in terms of how bright a color is. Tint, shade and tone are three other terms you might see when reading through color theory. Let's explore these qualities a bit more in depth.  

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An Introduction to Color Theory

Whether you're wanting to create a custom Fair Isle palette or are looking to experiment with dyeing one of our special reserve Bare yarns, it all starts with color. Which is why this week we'll be exploring more about color theory! Color is all around us - it has the ability to affect our mood, it can make us feel energized, it can make us sleepy, it can make us hungry. And yes, it can even affect our knitting and crocheting! Although the study of color is quite complex, getting a good foundation of the basics is all you need to expand the possibilities of your craft.  

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