Playing with Color

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Yesterday morning I was taking mental notes on my upcoming projects and designs, and I had this urge to see the skeins side by side, to determine if I like the color scheme I had chosen for 2016.  Turns out, I like it quite a bit!

I’m still finishing up a few commissioned projects, but I wanted to start sharing my ideas for this year.

Distraction with a KAL

Anna Vest KAL

I’ve managed to finish two and a half of the 4 projects that I’ve been commissioned on, and while it’s been fun working my way through the list, I’m sad that I don’t have much to blog about in the meantime.  I think I need to maintain a small side project to post about while working on those super secret designs.  Luckily for me, Karen Templer is hosting a sweet little KAL for her Anna Vest pattern that was released in Farm to Needle.

Retrosaria

The yarn called for is X, though after seeing Anna’s recent Tolt Yarn and Wool Instagram post, I’ve decided to use Retrosaria’s Beiroa, a single ply DK, instead, in the 409 colorway, a rich cream.  Since it’s a DK weight instead of the called for Worsted, I’m going to knit a size up, and hope for a casual loose fit (after swatching, of course)

There are no deadlines with the KAL which is perfect for me, but seeing all the fun photos on Instagram will help to keep me motivated.

What is keeping you going these days?

A Hop and a Skip

Over the weekend I finally had some time to block my Hop Brook Shawl.  I finished this shawl at the end of December, and it was just one thing after another getting in the way of me blocking it.  I’m planning on taking some photos in it later this week so you can see it with better lighting!

The pattern was so well written, and I loved the mix of garter stitch and the lace edging.  Plus, the subtle v-shape of the shawl is so wearable.  If you’re used to wearing scarves, and are not sure how to style a triangular shawl, this pattern is the perfect way to dip your toes in.

The yarn was Elsawool Cormo 2ply fingering in white.  I used just a little over 1 skein as I worked the increase section a couple times more than called for in the pattern.  The wool is soft, squishy, and quite warm, it was a treat laying it in my lap while knitting.  After being blocked, it bloomed magically.  I will definitely be using this yarn again!

So what’s next?  I think it’s about time that I finish up my Newsom Cardigan don’t you?  I’ll be bringing that project with me to knit night on Tuesday, with any luck I’ll be able to finish it up!

The 2016 Knit Plan

As I mentioned last week, I really want to bring a cohesive design to my patterns in 2016.  I want repeatable themes, and color palettes that work well together.  Based on projects that I’ve already started, I think the following will get me pretty close to what I’m trying to achieve.

Design Mood Board

I love the muted color palette with the lavender, taupe, cream, and brown, especially with that bold purple up top.  All designs will feature some aspect of cables or lace, and some very casual texture details perfect for daily wear.

This may be overly ambitious, but I’m really hoping to finish two projects each month, one self-published design, and one project from my ever growing Ravelry queue.  I’m anticipating that this list will be quite fluid (especially since the Brooklyn Tweed Design Team is launching another collection mid-January!)

What are you planning on knitting this year?