We’re working on our second Yarn Love Club (you can still get the first one here). While we’re not quite ready to reveal the details of our next shipment, we can introduce you to the designer of the pattern for the next shipment.
Stay tuned to learn more about our next Yarn Love Club Shipment!
What’s a mood board, you ask? Mood boards are a way to visually organize a theme, idea, or feeling. I recently put out a call for submissions for the second shipment of the Yarn Love Club. For this shipment of the club I wanted something that would be an elegant and wearable accessory using two colors of Yarn Love yarn. I came up with this mood board for the call:
Everyone gets their inspiration from different places. For me I looked for classic and wearable accessories that highlight the beauty of the yarn. When creating a mood board there are a lot of things to keep in mind! It’s important to know what sorts of patterns you are looking for, and the pattern’s purpose. As an independent dyer my goal was to get a fun knitting pattern that would be easy to wear, not too difficult to knit, take about 2 skeins of yarn, and really highlight hand dyed yarn. I also wanted to keep in mind my own style and aesthetic, as well as accessories that coincide with current trends. Let’s just say I wasn’t looking for a Cosby sweater!
One of the most exciting parts of this process was seeing all of the amazing submissions that we received! From the six images provided on the mood board we got a ton of ideas from very talented designers. It’s interesting to see how each person interprets the mood board and prompt into accessories which also fit into their own personal looks.
We’ll be releasing the new pattern for the next shipment of the Yarn Love Club in May, so be sure to keep an eye on the blog for more info to come!
Since warmer weather is just around the corner, or maybe already arrived, depending on where you live, I’ve created some looks with warmer weather in mind. The <3 hat is made in Marianne Dashwood, a superwash merino sport weight yarn, the hat is lightweight and breathable, perfect for transitional weather!
One of the best parts of participating in a knit-a-long is seeing everyone progress, so we’d like to share some highlights with all of you, and maybe next time you’ll knit with us!
Want to participate more with Yarn Love? We’ll post about future KALs on our blog, but to have your voice heard on selecting a pattern visit the Yarn Love Ravelry Group. You can also connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.
I needed some grellow in my life. (That would be grey + yellow.) So I dyed some. I’ll knit it up into socks soon!
In the cold gloom of winter the rightness of layered grey tones offset with the warmest pops of sunshine yellow and marigold could not be ignored. So I gave in. And then I fell in love with the newest Yarn Love colorway.
Oriole – which does look remarkably like a yarny version of that sunniest of birds, is a limited edition color. You can get it only through the end of January. It’s the official colorway of our crazy Sit & Knit, too.
Because we’re on a Sit & Knit deadline, all orders for Oriole will be expedited as much as possible. The earlier you order, the faster your skein gets dyed! Order up what you need right here in the Yarn Love Etsy Shop.
I’m off to cake up my own skein of Oriole on Marianne…I’m driving off to visit relatives for a couple of days and you bet that Oriole will be winging along with me!
It’s almost time to say farewell to 2012, and hello to 2013! That means its time to make our new years resolutions. Speaking from personal experience as a yarn addict, I know many knitters have one resolution in common: use up some of that stash!
So this post is all about stash-busting, because every skein you use must be replaced! And of courseI’ve included some Yarn Love substitutions for all of these wonderful patterns.
Here’s a great new pattern for that one skein of beautiful fingering-weight yarn that’s almost too pretty to use:
Are you a prolific sock knitter with lots of leftovers? Remember and cherish all those little bits and pieces of special yarn with Sarah Core’s Mini Mania Scarf.
Yarn Love suggestion: Use leftovers of Elizabeth Bennet, Juliet, Joan of Arc, and Diana in a collection of fun colors!
Colors shown: Haute Couture, Walden Pond, Ochre, Sparkling Pool, and Into the Deep
Toys are also great projects for using up small amounts of yarn. Try Susan B. Anderson’s Elefante! You could use 200 yards of one worsted weight yarn from your stash, or make it striped and use 6 colors and less than 50 yards of each color!
Or, for a whole book of ideas, try Melissa Leapman’s Stashbuster Knits. The book includes great patterns as well as information on picking colors that go well together and how to sort your stash by weight, and more!
Are you knitting gifts for your loved ones this holiday? Here at Yarn Love we think that nothing is better than a hand made gift! When you give someone a gift that you knit so much love goes into it. You took the time to consider what sort of item the recipient would enjoy and find useful, find a yarn that works well with the pattern and suits the tastes of the gift receiver, and most of all you spent hours knitting the item! Best of all every time that person wears, holds, or uses the item that you made for them it will be like getting a big warm hug from you!
If you still have people on your list that you would like to knit for don’t fret, we have some suggestions for great projects that that use beautiful Yarn Love yarns and won’t take too long to knit!
The Blue Ice Beret by Erica Jacofsky is shown here using Yarn Love Charlotte Bronte Aran in colorway Blue Cove. This beautiful hat features fun stitch patterns that show off the lovely semi-solid tones of the yarn.
Is there a little one on your gift list this year? If so we have the perfect little set! Kate Oates’ Jolly hat and mitten set, shown here in Yarn Love Amy March Worsted. Baby items are smaller, and thus faster to knit! These would also make a great gift for moms-to-be.
Ravelry user Mercourier knit Rebecca Danger’s Presely Cash the Monster using Yarn Love Anne Shirley in colorway Tulips. This adorable little monster would be appreciated by people of all ages on your gift list!
November is all about color! We have our new fall colors coming out this month, so to keep up with this theme we’re going to be posting all about color, all month long. When it comes to yarn color is very important. Pairing the perfect shades can take your project from pretty to show stopper! Most people are also drawn to certain colors. I’ve noticed people often pick up the same colors of yarn as they are wearing, everyone has their favorites! Today we’re going to talk about a few basics of color theory, and how to find the perfect pairing for any project.
Yarn Love Color Wheel
This color wheel includes primary colors: red, blue, and yellow. It also includes secondary colors, that are made of two primary colors, green (blue + yellow), orange (red + yellow), and purple (red + blue). There are also tertiary colors like grey and brown, which are made of three colors, which include varying amounts of blue + red + yellow.
Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel. The high color contrast creates a vibrant look when used at full saturation, however it can be a little jarring, you can soften complimentary colors by using less saturated hues.
Full saturation: Tomato and Vintner
Less saturated: Banana Split and Sparkling Pool
Analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create a feeling of serenity. Analogous color schemes are often found in nature and feel harmonious and pleasing to the eye.
Analogous color scheme: Forget Me Not, Dryad, and Ancient Forest
The split complimentary color scheme is a variation on the complimentary color scheme. In addition to the base color it uses two colors adjacent to its compliment. The split complimentary color scheme has high contrast like a complimentary color scheme, but with less tension.
Split complimentary color scheme: Ancient Forest, Shiny Penny, and Cranberry
Look out for our next post on how to pick Yarn Love colors for some of the most popular colorwork knitting and crochet projects.
Last time I talked about all the beautiful patterns in the world that are inspired by literature. What’s better than knitting an amazing belletristic pattern with your favorite hand dyed yarn? So here we’ve paired up some beautiful patterns with beautiful yarns, because from one yarn addict to another, sometimes you need a little inspiration to get your needles (and hooks) moving!
Knitting books and patterns with a literary theme have been very popular lately. There are the Jane Austen Knits from Interweave, the What Would Madame Defarge Knit? from Cooperative Press, and tons of individual patterns on Ravelry with literary roots. There are even a few from Yarn Love! The Frivolous Socks are inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma Woodhouse; from Sense & Sensibility there are the Miss Margaret Socks which are named for Margaret Dashwood, and thee Lady Elinor socks are named after her older sister, Elinor Dashwood. Although it is unclear if Jane Austen herself was a knitter, she does mention some of her characters knitting in Emma, where there are references to both Jane Fairfax and Mrs. Bates knitting. Madame Defarge was an avid knitter. Her contribution to the French Revolution was knitting a roster of names that would become victims of the Revolution.
There’s also lots of knitting in TV and movies! In Friends, there are several episodes that show Phoebe knitting, but this clip is by far the best. It shows Phoebe struggling to learn how to knit, and then she shows a few strands of yarn tied together, throws it around her neck and exclaims, “Scarf’s done!”.
There have been a surge of patterns inspired by the Harry Potter series, and Hermoine showed off some great knit accessories in the movies. Dumbledore also mentions a love of knitting patterns in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.
Yarn Love needs your help! Create the newest Yarn Love color and win a spot on our Fall 2013 palette.This contest is being held in the Yarn Love Ravelry group.
You: Create a brand-new color based on your favorite literary character or historical person. Next, name your color based on your inspiration. Finally, post here with your idea, description, color name and inspirational photos by October 16th.
Yarn Love: Will narrow the choices down to our top 5 favorites. Then, we’ll set up voting right here in this thread.
You: Will vote for your favorite by midnight, October 23rd.
Yarn Love: Will include the winning color in our Fall 2012 Palette (available in November!) and the winner will receive two skeins of their very own color.
If you have ever longed for a yarn color you just couldn’t find, this is your chance! Craft the color of your dreams and it could become a part of the Yarn Love line.
We encourage you to submit photos or other visual inspiration along with the written portion of your submission. Use the forum photo tools to post your pics right in your post.
Dos & Dont’s of the Contest:
1.) One entry per person, please.
2.) Initial color entry must be posted to this thread by midnight October 16th.
3.) Choice of the top 5 colors are up to my discretion.
4.) The winning entry will be chosen by popular vote.
5.) By posting, you agree that Yarn Love may use your color idea, description and name.
6.) The full entry must be written in a single forum post.
7.) No editing/deleting after the October 16th deadline, please.