Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Little Color Adjustment

Hello everyone - I hope each of you had a great extended weekend! 

We are in the home stretch of my two-month-long Spring Flingy Thingy (it ends 5/31), so I am in the process of completing some projects and still working through others. 

As a result, I spent some of the long weekend doing some project color corrections. I am working on two cowls from Leather, Lace, Grit & Grace - a tri-color version of the Cracked Glass Cowl as well as a WASPs Cowl (which I blogged about here on Friday). Here were my original color choices for both cowls, respectively:

Greens for my tri-color
Cracked Glass Cowl

Initial blues and cream for
my WASPs Cowl
Looking good in theory, yes? So I tucked into the WASPs cowl yesterday and pretty quickly ran into a color snag. The mid blue-looking skein (it's really Teal shown here from the Wonder Why Alpaca Farm, LLC) in the middle was all wrong with the other blues. It was not playing so nicely; in fact, against the other blues it almost seemed to have a neon edge to it - definitely not what I had in mind for this cowl. Sooo, I ripped back and started to switch things around. I decided to break up all those cool blue tones and inject something with a warm undertone, as well as jettison (temporarily! this has a happy teal ending - just wait) the WWAF teal. Below is what I settled upon.
The cream skein in the background will remain for the cowl's edging. I swapped out the blue-green shire colorway (Madtosh Light) in the background of the before photo for the lighter gin blue Twisted Sisters yarn on the left in the after photo to the right, kept the Harrisville Design's deep blue and inserted a skein of Jamieson's of Shetland two-ply in the sand colorway which has just enough hint of peachy-pink to warm up the blues. As you'll see from the below photo, I think I made some excellent substitutions.
My WASPs Cowl - take two
I'm really liking how these three colorways are behaving together. That gin blue still has some pop to it, yet with the addition of the warm undertones of the Jamieson's the cowl will play nicely with my skintone. 

Now I still needed to deal with my small teal dilemma - I love the colorway and the yarn and wanted to use it in such a way to get the best out of it. I decided that if it didn't play nicely in the blue sandbox, maybe it would play better in the green one - and eureka! a greeny-blue star was born. Get a load of how I combined it in my tri-color Cracked Glass cowl.

My new, improved Cracked Glass palette

I swapped out the deeper green for the teal, and look how wonderfully it is getting along in its new home. I love, love, love this combination and cannot wait to complete a few other projects so I can resume working on it. There is nothing like a great (to me) color combination to get my project juices flowing.

Color only really comes to life when it's beside other color(s). I am so glad I adjusted the color palettes of both these projects. Now I need to hook like the wind so I can see how they turn out. 

Do take advantage of this last week in the Voie de Vie Spring Flingy Thingy and do something that will earn you an entry for the yarny prize draw at the end. Go here to check all the ways to play, including completing a project in our a-long. There's still time, everyone!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Hey, I Finished Something!

Happy Fee-Fi(ber)-F.O. Friday, everyone, on this day leading into the long holiday weekend here in the U.S.

I am thrilled to show off the first finished project from my Spring Flingy Thingy: it's the tester Summer Leaf version of my Autumn Leaf Shawl. I am absolutely thrilled with how this version turned out. 

Initially, I used two different fiber types from deep stash, so there's 1 1/2 skeins gone from stash. 

Secondly, don't you love how these two colorways worked together? The main colorway, weeping willow green from Huckleberry Knits is all about summer, and the Wollmeise green (which I currently cannot locate on the Wollmeise site) has an almost camo quality to it. Together, this is a summer leaf come to life in a shawl.
Additionally, I made this version larger than my original sample, and this larger size blocked really well. 

All in all, a really wonderful finished project, and I finally get on the finished project board in my own a-long. Geez. I was hoping to have my second finished project done today, but it didn't happen. Next week, after the holiday.

Original artwork from
Leather, Lace, Grit & Grace depicting WWII WASPs

My ode to WWII WASPs,
the WASP cowl.
I hope everyone has a relaxing, long weekend. Do take time to celebrate the reason for the weekend - remembering those who gave their lives during duty in the armed services. Given my Spring Flingy Thingy focus (mostly) on Leather, Lace, Grit & Grace, I'd like to take a moment and remember those Women Air Service Pilots (the WASPs) who gave their lives during WWII but have never formally been recognized by any branch of the U.S. armed forces. They provided an invaluable service during the second World War, and there are very few still alive today to keep their stories going. I'll be making a WASP Cowl for myself to commemorate their service - in various blues and cream, the color of sky and clouds.

And I expect my weekend will include lots of great food and fiber. Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Huge Thank You

Happy Monday, everyone! Since I was blogging all of last week for the 6th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, I did not get an opportunity to wrap up the Leather, Lace, Grit & Grace bloggy tour.

Motifs in process on my own
Nichols Cardigan
First and foremost, I want to thank each blog tour host individually for a great week of posts: the wonderful people over at Dream in Color Yarn, Gwen Blakley-Kinsler of Crochet Queen: Royal Ramblings fame, Sarah Anderson at January Yarns, Karida and Kristen over at Neighborhood Fiber Co., Andrea Morrison and the whole menagerie at Wonder Why Alpaca Farm, LLCand (last but not least!) Stefanie at Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons. Each of these people/entities has provided wonderful support and exposure for the book and its designs. I am truly grateful.

Additionally, each person who commented throughout the entire blog tour has now been entered into my give-away at the end of May. I've also announced the winners of the e-books given away during the tour here in my Ravelry group, but in case you missed it, here they are again:
  1. From the Dream in Color blog comments, Jenni (Rav id: Jollylamb);
  2. From the Neighborhood Fiber Co. blog posts, Julie (Rav id: knitwit23);
  3. From the January Yarns’ blog comments, Jennifer (Rav id: Ironicalknitter); and
  4. From the Wisdom Begins in Wonder blog comments, (Rav id: jenlynheb).
There's still time to do any one of nine different things (!) to gain additional entries into the end-of-May giveaway (all of them described in the Rav group linky above or here on the blog). Anyone can have multiple entries, so get pinning or knitting or crocheting or joining while the getting is good. Do you know that the grand prize includes all the yarn needed to make your very own Cochran Puffy V Shoulder Warmer  as well as a scenic seaplane tour of the Puget Sound for two? (and of course, you'll have to get your awesome self to the Puget Sound to take advantage of the seaplane tour, but c'mon, you know if you do it'll be ahhh-mazing).

In the meantime, I'm going to continue finishing several projects I have in process as part of the Spring Flingy Thingy. I just might have a few finished things to show at week's end.

Have a great week, and I'll see you on Friday.