Color Stories: Grey Wolves

All of this pleasant Spring weather has me looking forward to summer knitting. I really want a nice, lightweight top knit out of lace weight yarn. I want it to be nice enough that I can wear it to work but could also be worn with a pair of cutoffs on the weekend. And I'm thinking it should be a good, cool neutral.

Here's the board I put together with these thoughts in mind:

The perfect top would be a versatile combination of drama and sweetness, sass and style. I found, and fell in love with, the Maja pattern by Marita Rollin. It's a refreshing and modern take on the-top-that-goes-with-everything. It embodies all my summer top ideals.

Marita has written the pattern to be knit both with a lace weight yarn held single or held double (Maja-Gima and Maja-Kiito, respectively). The top with the yarn held double is what is shown above. For a lighter, more airy top that would do justice to the hottest months, The Fibre Co Meadow held single would be wonderful. The color blocking with the asymmetrical hem adds visual interest without overwhelming the wearer and the sleeveless, mostly stockinette construction will be a quick knit. There are a lot of color options for this one, including a great marled version if one chooses to go with the yarn held double version.  

The following are two color combinations in The Fibre Co Meadow that I would choose for this top. The first uses bolder neutrals and the second combo uses softer neutrals.

Queen Anne's Lace for the main body portion.

Black Adder and Larkspur for the color block portions.

For a more blended palette I would go with these neutrals:

Cornflower for the main body portion.

Bluebonnet and Fennel for the color block portions.

What color combinations would you choose?

Happy knitting! - Meghan

Head's Up:

Just a quick note to let you all know that as of May 1st, all of our For Sale PDF pattern downloads will be $7.00 each*.

Honey Hollow | Clearview | Hidalgo
Maeve | Allium | Vesa
Maude | Gillam | Topeka

As some of you may have noticed, we've been slowly working towards this pricepoint in the release of our past few collections and in an effort to streamline accounting, it makes sense to have all the patterns be one flat fee. 

This $7.00 retail cost also applies to wholesale hard copy patterns, so if you are a stockist, please note the change accordingly. Thanks so much! 


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* Due to the nature of the two past MKAL Patterns, Summersweet and Beltane, those patterns will remain at $8.00 and $9.00 respectively.

 

Knitter Projects: Summer Dawn

With summer right around the corner (yes, really!), we're gearing up for Crochet Summer 2015. Today, we're featuring a finished Summer Dawn cowl, designed for Crochet Summer 2014 by Courtney. The pattern uses one skein of The Fibre Co Savannah and a partial skein of The Fibre Co Meadow

This version of Summer Dawn was crocheted by Jodie using Savannah in Hickory and Meadow in Alfalfa.

Summer Dawn in Fibre Company yarns

We love this color combo, and think it is the perfect spring and summer accessory.

Great job, Jodie! Do you have a finished project knit in Fibre Company yarns? You can share your projects with us in the I Heart The Fibre Company Ravelry group

Color Stories and Inspiration Boards

Sometimes deciding on which project to cast on can be difficult. More often than not, we crafters have a running list of things we want to knit or crochet "next", but because of time, yarn budgets, or because we were only blessed with one set of arms, we have to choose just one project. And at other, rarer, times we can feel uninspired or uncertain of what we want. At times like either of these, I find that making an inspiration or mood board can really help clear the path towards a rewarding project. Making inspiration boards is fun and freeing as there are really aren't any rules. Some inspiration boards tell a story by color and some by theme or atmosphere. They can be made digitally on your computer or by cutting out magazine clippings and pasting them to a bit of cardboard. Putting together mood boards is an exercise in designing and can really help focus our creative desires and point us toward our next great project.

Here is a mood board I made recently.  I was thinking about summer and drawn to the saturated colors so lacking in the winter. 

This board is inspiring me to make something fun and relaxing. Something I can knit while I hang out on the porch after work or on vacation at the beach.  

Color Affection by Veera Valimaki fits the bill perfectly.

©Veera Valimaki

©Veera Valimaki

For this shawl I would use The Fibre Co Road to China Lace in riverstone, blue tourmaline, and sapphire. 

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Or for a warmer weather shawl, I would use The Fibre Co Meadow in queen anne's lace, pennyroyal, and larkspur. 

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The best mood boards are the ones you enjoy making, using images and colors that are pleasing to you. You may find that the same color preferences are found throughout your home and wardrobe or you might surprise yourself and find yourself making a color story you didn't expect.  The point is to have fun and be free and you'll be lead directly to your next project! - Meghan

Fringe Hatalong Series: Join Us!

It's no secret that we're slightly obsessed with the Fringe Association blog and shop and Karen as an all-around great person. After Kate's participation in the #fringeandfriendsknitalong, we were ecstatic when Karen asked us to join in with her in the Fringe Hatalong Series

© 2015 Fringe Association

This morning Karen announced Hatalong No.2 featuring one of the most luxurious Fibre Co yarns, Road to China Worsted. A blend of 65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel + 10% cashmere, this yarn is as nice in the skein as it is on the needles.

We've been sworn to hat secrecy about the pattern for the second Hatalong, but I can say that it's a lovely design, and utilizes the drape and warmth of Road to China Worsted to its advantage. As stated in the post this morning, 140 yards (2 skeins) of Road to China Worsted should fit the bill. 

To celebrate the second Hatalong we're offering a 25% off discount on all Road to China Worsted skeins available in our online store using the code, "FRINGE25", until April 23rd at 11:59 PM EST*. (That way, if you're holding out on buying yarn until the pattern is revealed, you have an extra week to take advantage of the coupon code!) I'll be participating in the #fringehatalong, so make sure to follow my progress on the Kelbourne Woolens instagram page!

Now, what color to choose...
-LM

*Offer applies to domestic orders only - sorry international friends!

Independent Designer Feature: Avana by Annie Rowden

Yesterday was glorious. As soon as I got home from the office, I ran around the house and opened every window I could. Of course, this also required I wrestle with the storm windows and make sure all the screens were down as not to loose our sweet but not-very-bright cat, Peggy. It was well worth it, though - the air smelled lovely, and the warm breeze inside was amazing.

Avana by Annie Rowden

I always look forward to spring. Like autumn, it provides ample layering opportunities and even more chances to wear a variety of handknits.

Avana by Annie Rowden

Avana, a shrug/wrap by Annie Rowden, is the perfect layering piece for this time of year. Designed with Savannah, one of my favorite Fibre Co yarns for garments with its season-spanning protein/cellulose blend, the garment melds the best of two worlds: the light extra layer of a shawl or wrap paired with the wearability of a cardigan. 

Avana by Annie Rowden

Originally published as an exclusive pattern for Stitches West in conjunction with the designer and YARN in Eureka, CA, Avana is now available for download here

Yarn : 4 skeins Savannah DK by The Fibre Company; Sage.
Needles : US 10.5 [6.5mm] 24” circular; US 8 [5mm] 24” circular, set of DPNs; or sizes needed to obtain gauge.
A spare needle slightly smaller than largest circular for picking up provisionally cast on stitches
Gauge : 16.75 sts and 24 rows = 4”/10cm in St st on larger needles, after blocking.
Notions : Stitch marker, tapestry needle.

All images © Krista Blevin Photography