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CH 48: Knitting up NORTH

Helen —  October 31, 2014 — 4 Comments
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Curious Handmade Podcast 48

Today I’m talking about our trip up NORTH to the Eden Valley, what I was knitting on the trip and I announce the winners of the Curious Collective DKAL.

Show Sponsor – Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

What’s in the WIP

Knitting “up NORTH”

The NORTH UK

Bobble Hats – My free pattern

Easy Bobble Hat Knitting

Dream Big

The last two designs in the Dream Big collection coming out next week will be the Eden Fells Hat and Scarf

Eden Fells Hat and Scarf

The model is the lovely Mattieu and photography by Vicki.

Christmas Gift Knitting ideas

If you would like to get organised and plan your knitting projects for the holiday season you can signup for my free Holiday Knitting planner. You will also be signing up for my mailing list and will get updates for the Knitvent collection and quite possibly some nice discounts!

Some girls cardigan suggestions – 

Sunday Sweater by Ginny Sheller  – suggested by Libby of Truly Myrtle blog

Miss Marple by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne – suggested by marynvoight

Other holiday knitting ideas – 

3 Gnomes suggested by PrairiePoppins

New shawl design by BostonJen from Down Cellar Podcast, the Aila Grace Shawl

As always….don’t forget to play the Instagram game!

Dream Big Collection: FO Focus

Helen —  October 30, 2014 — 2 Comments

As the final release for my Dream Big Collection draws near, I wanted to celebrate some of the amazing projects that people have been knitting from the Collection. When I launched a collection of knitting patterns, I was inspired by my word for the year, “Dream”. I planned a pattern a month with a selection of knitting patterns for knitted accessories, mainly shawls as well as cowls, stoles and blankets. There are 8 patterns so far and looking through FO’s has been really inspiring to keep designing more and more in 2015!

Colourful handknit shawls

Colourful handknit shawls

The first pattern that started the collection was the Frangipani Shawl that was inspired by tropical flowers, will bring a ray of sunshine to a cold winter day. I love how bold both JenCollect‘s and ChellieAnne‘s versions are so different and striking at the same time.

Single skein shawls

Single skein shawls

The Fireflies Rising Shawlette came just in time for the softer sunlight of Spring and inspired a lot of projects- this one really captured knitters wanting fast, easy to knit lace with great results. This was the perfect single skein shawl pattern, as shown by Matejam and Hmgtt.

Bright Global Nomad cowls

Bright Global Nomad cowls

The Global Nomad Cowl is a great little accessory for wearing everywhere from music festivals to the weekend farmers’ market. It’s a light and airy cowl for those slightly cooler trans-seasonal days. I feel like both Patsy55 and Sunrisedawn really got the vibe of the cowl!

Handknit blankets for babies, children and adults

Handknit blankets for babies, children and adults

The Georgie Blanket went live in time to celebrate the first birthday of Prince George and has had lots of versions knit in so many bright and bold colours. With thanks to RiderCub (and Penguin) and Malorie for these bright beauties.

Beautiful Single Skein Shawl projects

Beautiful Single Skein Shawl projects

The Sunburst Shawl was the sixth design in the Dream Big Collection and put a modern spin on beautiful 1920’s fashion. I love these two versions by Camilliaknits and Knittengurl that really capture the luxury, glamour and exuberance of the Art Deco era.

Contrasting Colours of Lace Summer Shawls

Contrasting Colours of Lace Summer Shawls

The Velvet Rose Shawl is a feminine summer shawl that has sparked lots of dramatic versions- it was so hard not to want to share them all! With thanks to DynamiteTrujillo and ToryJane Knits for these stunning versions.

Quick to knit handwarmers

Quick to knit handwarmers

The Global Nomad Handwarmers were only released a few weeks ago but there’s already some great projects showing just how quick to knit this project is- perfect for gift knitting in a hurry! These handwarmers come courtesy of Aymr on Ravelry.

 

With thanks to all the knitters who gave permission to share their wonderful projects today. Stay tuned for a new pattern release next week and don’t forget, you can buy a copy of the Dream Big Collection and it will automatically update when the new patterns are released!

 

CH 46: Colour Theory and Knitting

Helen —  October 17, 2014 — 4 Comments
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Curious Handmade Podcast 46

 

I’m talking about colour theory in the 10,000 hours segment and how it can help knitters choose yarn for multicoloured projects.

Show Sponsor – Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

10,000 Hours – Colour Theory

I’m definitely not an expert on colour theory but I wanted to share a few tips that I have learnt recently that might really help you with colour choices for knitting projects.

There are some gorgeous multicoloured projects around such as Veera Valimaki’s Colour Affection shawl and of course lots of Stephen West’s shawls and garments including his new mystery shawl.

Does anyone else have as much trouble as I do choosing colour combinations for these type of projects?

Back in June I did a Colour Theory class with Amy Hendrix founder of madelinetosh and it really ignited my interest in colour theory. I have always LOVED colour on a kind of emotional and intuitive level but having even just a tiny amount of theory is proving to be invaluable.

My prompt for talking about this today is the Global Nomad pieces from the Dream Big Collection.

Back in May I released the Global Nomad Cowl and this week I released the Global Nomad Handwarmers both in grey and yellow (grello!) and both knit in madelinetosh yarn

Global Nomad Cowl was knit in madelinetosh tosh sock Composition Book Grey and Chamomile

Global Nomad Handwarmers were knit in madelinetosh tosh DK (bought recently from our sponsor Meadow Yarn shop in Charcoal and Winter Wheat

Global Nomad Cowl and Handwarmers

Colour theory definitions

Hue = “colour” e.g.  yellow and red

Hues mixed with white are tints, those mixed with grey are tones, and those mixed with black are shades.

Value = Lightness and darkness

Trick is to take a picture in greyscale on your phone. If you have an iphone there are three different B&W filters and after some research I think that the mono is best to use.

Saturation = the purity of a colour

Hues mixed with white are tints, those mixed with grey are tones, and those mixed with black are shades.

Resources mentioned:

Colour Theory with Jared Jared Flood on the Brooklyn Tweed blog

Colourlovers – a colour community and has some fun tools.

Color: A Natural History of the Palette

Knitty article

Knit FM Episode 9 Hanna Fettig and Pam Allen talk about choosing colours for the Quince and Co yarn lines

DKAL Announcement

If you’re participating in the Curious Collective DKAL – don’t forget to post your finished shawl by this Sunday 19th October. And I’ll be drawing for the prizes next week.

The sponsor is Juno Fibre Arts.

Are you on Instagram yet? Join in the fun and the amazing yarny knitting community there!

Play the instagram game and tag me with a pic of where you’re watching the podcast.

This Tuesday the Global Nomad Handwarmers went live and they are the perfect complement to the Global Nomad cowl. If you are signed up to the newsletter you’ll have received an exclusive discount code for the whole Dream Big Collection and this quick to knit handwarmer pattern is currently 50% off until the end of today so get them now and get your hands warm!

With this colour combination, a more muted palette seemed a little more seasonally appropriate rather than the bright sunshine yellow of the original cowl. The great thing about both of these projects is they make use of partial skeins in your stash, so this lends itself to endless colourplay. There’s lots of great tools out there for helping you decided which colours would work best from Pinterest to photography apps like Instagram. One trick that might be handy to know is to take a picture of the colours you’ve chosen and then use the black and white filter on your phones camera options. If the colours of each yarn still pop next to each other, you’re going to have a strong contrast.

There’s a website to help you choose colours that is endlessly inspiring. Have you discovered the Colourlovers website yet? Here’s a quick demonstration of the kind of fun you can have. First, let’s look at the inspiration from the Global Nomad cowl.

cowl collage

This is a bright palette and it was easy to pick out 4 contrasting colours that would work well with the help of the colour palette maker on Colourlovers. However, then comes the question of how to pair this accessory with the rest of your wardrobe. This is where the pattern maker comes in really handy because you can play around with the amount of each colour that takes the lead. Here are two examples of the bright palette with different percentages used:

brights1

 

It’s now really easy to see that you don’t have to go with JUST brights to make an impact. The one on the right, ‘All about the grey’ is the perfect way of introducing some of this season’s brights without being too overwhelming.

So if a more muted palette is your thing…

muted

 

This got quite addictive and I found myself back at Meadow Yarns, looking through their beautiful selection of Madelinetosh DK and thinking about more projects…

M Tosh Collage

So what colours will you be choosing from your stash and adding to your winter wardrobe? Have any plans for some new purchases? Come tell us in the Curious Handmade Ravelry group!

 

If all this chatter about choosing colours from stash has reminded you that your stash soon needs to be ready for all that Holiday knitting you planned to be super organised with this year, don’t panic! KnitVent 2014 is coming and it’s brimming with tips and tricks to help get you organised for the Holidays, feeling festive and the kind of Christmas knitting patterns that you’ll enjoy knitting as much as gifting. Are you ready to get your #giftingzen on?