Playing With Color

One of the things I’ve noticed working at a yarn shop is that many people are extremely insecure about color. Usually, they know their favorites, and then they get nervous about veering away from them. This is not to say there’s anything wrong with sticking to a certain palette if that’s what makes you happy. But for all my fellow crafters out there who are wanting to change up their colors, or to become more skilled at mixing them, this designer gives you lots of fun things to try and consider. Pull out your stash, and look at it with new vision. As a designer myself, I’m pretty experimental with color, and love playing around with it. But exercises like these do help give new perspective when creative block hits. Have fun!


Inspiration Machine

Ravelry has an awesome search engine. It’s hard to beat, in fact. But, if you don’t know what to make, or you just want to play around to see what will come up that you might not have thought of, you will love this online inspiration machine. I kind of wish I’d known about this before the holidays when I was trying to figure out what to make for everyone. Of course, there’s always holiday season later this year, not to mention Mother’s Day and all the family and friend birthdays in between! Have fun!


New Design: Summer Colorblock Top

Summer Colorblock Top

Summer Colorblock Top

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As I mentioned previously, I have been designing a crochet pattern for the 2015 LA Yarn Crawl. It is a for-sale pattern on Ravelry, but will be free to all yarn crawlers who stop in the shop during the crawl! I included ideas for customizing it, as well as notes and a schematic. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope to meet new faces during the crawl, which is only a few weeks away!


Wonder Spaces

I love some good inspiration, especially on a Monday morning! These playgrounds are incredible, and I hope you enjoy the interview with the artist as much as I did! I’ve always wanted to visit Japan, and I will add these playgrounds to my list of reasons! Her work is a beautiful marriage of fiber arts and architecture.


All In the Family

One of my favorite things about the fiber community is the fact that in so many ways, we still ARE a community. There are big companies with big money, yes, but it still one of the few industries left that still supports small, family-run businesses. I read about Knit Denise in Vogue Knitting (if memory serves correctly) and enjoyed reading their story and browsing their helpful tips and tutorials. Even their manufacturer is a US-based family man, and one of the few people left in the United States who knows this business. Enjoy!


A Verb for Keeping Warm

There was a booth at Stitches I came and went from and then dreamed about in my sleep. The colors and textures of their yarns spoke to me, which by the way, is the best time to buy things. If the yarn speaks to you that much, you will love it and use it forever! Their site is equally lovely, and I may just end up buying some more yarn on there when I’m done with my Stitches goodies. Enjoy!


Photo Evidence

A very happy weekend to all of you! As promised, a few photos from my previous happy weekend at Stitches West. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy sharing them!

 

A view of the huge, vast event!

A view of the huge, vast event!

Dragon Scarf by Mary Scott Huff

Dragons by Mary Scott Huff at the Abstract Fiber booth

Yes, I saved the best for last. Steven and Stephen.

Yes, I saved the best for last. Steven Be and Stephen West, both of whom are incredibly fun and gracious.

 


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