Category Archives: 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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Our Knit Picks: Fair Isle!

We are definitely lovers of fair isle knitting around here, and whether it's the patterns from our new collection or elsewhere, we love marveling at the stranded knitting of crafters far and wide. Here's a round up of some of our favorite Ravelry fair isle projects (in a variety of yarn weights!), as well as a sneak peak behind the scenes of the photo shoot for the 2015 Knit Picks Fair Isle Collection.

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2015 Fair Isle Collection Look Book

Bright pops of color and captivating patterns are hard to resist during the grey days of winter. And Fair Isle is the perfect remedy for us knitters, though it can be a bit intimidating at first! We carefully crafted the 2015 Fair Isle Collection to walk knitters through the fair isle technique with pint-sized projects like the Lavender Sachets. Once you've built up the foundations of fair isle, you'll be ready to tackle slightly larger projects like the Earflap Hat & Cowl Set. Finally - the culmination of technique and dedication ends one of several tempting sweaters and cardigans. Want to see more? Take a peek through our 2015 Fair Isle Collection Look Book to discover your next color crush!

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Color Explorsion at Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat!

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat in Tacoma, WA.  Hundreds of fiber enthusiasts attended classes in knitting, spinning, weaving, as well as other great subjects. There also was a great market place that was hard to resist!  My focus that weekend was Intarsia and Fair Isle knitting. My first class was a 3-hour class, "Learning to Love Intarsia" with Sally Melville. I have been so intimidated with Intarsia.  This class definitely changed my mind! Here's the swatch I created.

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Warm Winter Wishes

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us! I’ve got some presents to wrap and some cookies to bake, but other than that I can relax and finish my sweater this weekend. It’s almost done! Hopefully I’ll have it done by Wednesday, so I can give gifts in style. Only a yoke to go! To those of you that are traveling for the holidays, stay safe and happy travels! And to all, have ...

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A Bevy of Brava Blankets

There's nothing quite like a handknit blanket to warm you up on a winter day. And they're even better when they're washable! That's why we have several blanket kits in our super-soft, sturdy acrylic Brava yarn. It's hard to go wrong with the Hue Shift afghan! This favorite blanket is available as kits in four colorways...

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Take the chill off with the Glacier Bay collection!

Nothing like a foggy November morning to remind me that winter is nearly upon us! Here in the Pacific Northwest, we've had a few frosty mornings already. This is just the kind of weather that inspired my new Glacier Bay collection! This collection features six accessories that are stylish and cozy.

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