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!


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.

 


My Stitches West 2015 Highlights

As mentioned previously, I went to Stitches West this past weekend. All weekend long, my friends and I were commenting how fun and relaxing it is to spend time with “our people”, and that is the best description I can think of for how much fun I had over the weekend. It is the first time I’ve ever had the chance to attend a Stitches event, and I thought I’d share my highlights from it, in case any of you wonder whether or not it’s worth the money.

  • First, yes, it’s worth the money because it only costs $2o (or less, if you find a coupon) to get into the marketplace for the whole weekend! There are lots of familiar yarn companies, but also lots of indie people to explore. I’ve heard complaints that there are too many big names, but my thought on that is that if you have a particular company you really love, it’s a treat to be able to explore their full line of yarns and colors. Typically, yarn stores pick and choose which bases of yarn to carry, and then colors from within those. If you really want to see the full range, this is the place to do it!
  • Yoth (Yarn On the House) seemed to be the most popular booth in the entire place. Every time we passed by, they were selling out entire shelves of yarn, and the next morning, a new stock magically appeared. I had not heard of this company prior to the weekend, so it was a great discovery!
  • Being the color fanatic that I am, I was thrilled to see lots of gradient kits on sale in various booths. I don’t know if this is necessarily a trend, but I’m glad to see they’re still popular. Playing around with mixtures of colors is half the fun for me, and to walk past booths with lots of color-coordinated kits hanging on a wall is a visual rush. Neighborhood Fiber Company and Abstract Fiber were my favorite stops for these kits because of their extra-rich, saturated colors.
  • As far as designers go, is there any better a pair than Steven Be and Stephen West? “Dynamic Duo” is such a well-suited title for them. In a future post, I will share the photo I took with them, but suffice it to say, they make an entrance and there’s no mistaken identities with them! However, aside from their inclination to dress to be noticed, they have equally fun personalities and are the most pleasant people I’ve ever had the pleasure of asking for autographs. I was very honored they complimented one of my designs, and I will keep the photo forever.
  • Apple Tree Knits wins my award for prettiest yarn cakes. I had to revisit their booth a number of times before I could pick which cake of yarn I wanted because the truth is, I wanted them all! It’s on my list to learn how to dye and wind yarn into a cake to look like these!

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