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Curious Handmade Podcast 66

Today I have a special guest, Daphne Marinopoulos, founder of the Fibre Company on the show.

The Fibre Company is an artisan yarn company and has many beautiful lines of hand dyed yarn. The Fibre Company was the sponsor of the the Muse Connection Volume 1 and we all received a gorgeous skien of the Terra yarn that you’ll hear Daphne talk about in this episode.

The episode was recorded last week just before we held the first Muse event so you’ll hear us referring to it as if it is happening in the future. In this episode Daphne talks about starting the Fibre Company and her recent move back to Britian and the Lake District. I was fascinated by her description of formulating a new line of yarn and choosing and naming the colours for it. We also have a bit of a deep chat about what crafting and making things with our hands means for both of us!

Events

Muse Connection Volume 1

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Show Sponsor

Meadow Yarn

Today’s show is sponsored by Meadow Yarn.

There is a beautiful rainbow of colour to browse through in the yarn section at Meadow Yarn and I was talking to Anj about choosing colours for projects and she said:

“Whether it’s opening boxes full of yarn in myriad jewel tones or quietly contemplating the perfect shade of grey, we never tire of thinking about colour and we spend lots of time having our heart strings tugged by the latest ‘perfect red’ or ‘to-die-for green’…. Matching the perfect shade of yarn with the perfect pattern is our ultimate goal and whether it’s a cool aqua whispering ‘cardigan’ to us, or a pop of vivid ruby red begging to be transformed into a warm winter cowl we’re happiest when we’re indulging our love of colour…”

You can find a carefully curated selection of yarn  meadowyarn.co.uk

Did you see the announcement about the postcard bloggers last week? Here is the first postcard thanks to Kate of the A Playful Day blog and podcast. I love how she thought about finding colour even in the most urban of environments.

Next week is Clare Devine of Yarn and Pointy Sticks.

Hi Helen,

I know you’ve been thinking about colour this month and I wanted to share one of my favourite games when exploring my home town- ‘find the colour.’

You see, I’ve been a city girl most of my life and London’s hustle and bustle, grey cityscape and urban vibe has always been my colour palette. I ALWAYS choose grey when I buy new yarn. It can get a little dreary though if I’m honest Helen.

puddles

So I find myself actively seeking those surprising peeks of colour that you get in modern cities. That unexpected gorgeousness from the produce of the greengrocers on the corner….

produce at greengrocers

The Banksy you gaze at every time you walk by….

banksy

Even the rug in your favourite grungy pub can feel like a welcome reminder that colour is everywhere on a grey day.

rug

There’s always something surprising waiting to be found and I like to think of my stash in the same way- a jumble of colours tucked in amongst all that grey!

grey & colourful yarn

Can’t wait to hear you colour and travel stories too!

Kate x

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:

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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?