Have a Play: Using a gradient in Flight of Colour

I’m excited to share with you a new feature on the blog that I’ve been wanting to introduce for a while. I often get emails from happy knitters and shops that have knit samples of my patterns, but with their own playful changes. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember to make notes in your project page on Ravelry, or to look at what others have done. I thought it would be fun to have the knitters of those projects share their modifications here so that everyone can be inspired to knit their own version.

Sarah's Flight of Colour shows off a gradient interspersed with solid stripes

Sarah’s Flight of Colour shows off a gradient interspersed with solid stripes

Today’s guest blog post is by Sarah Lewis of Purlescence who created a lightweight shop sample of Flight of Colour using SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock and one of their Party of Five gradient packs. Read on to learn how she did it.

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Siren Song

Siren Song

Siren Song

This elegant shawl develops in beautiful Art Deco waves. Yes, Siren Song is the long-awaited shawl version of Song of the Sea cowl. Continue reading

Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply

Spiced Plum

Vivacious 4ply Spiced Plum (image copyright Fyberspates, used with permission)

Today is the first in what will be a regular feature on the Inspiration Knits blog: yarn reviews. I am delighted to welcome our APlayfulDay, our first guest reviewer:

I’m thrilled to be the first guest to share my thoughts on some of the yarns that Louise features in her designs. When Louise and I first discussed the idea of yarn reviews and looked at the many lush and varied yarns she’s worked with, she suggested I take the lead with Fyberspates as I’m lucky enough to have worked with my fair share. First up on this list is Vivacious 4ply and one of my favourites in the Fyberspates range. Continue reading

Safe Haven

This ebook is all about keeping warm in your own Safe Haven. For me, that meant a double layer of alpaca. However, I know that might be too much for you, so there are also pieces made with just a single layer. This collection became all about options for keeping warm, at just the right level for you.

Harbour Lights double layer cowl
It all started with Harbour Lights cowl; the warm lights of home on a cold night. Turn down the top for a flash of stripes, or wear it inside out and reverse your options. I found the perfect yarn in the most spectacular colours in Blue Sky Alpacas Sportweight and Melange.

I love cowls, but my lovely sample knitter doesn’t feel the same way as me. And she also doesn’t feel the same way about deep teal paired with reddish oranges either, much as I adore that combination!

Seawall

So I knew there had to be an equally soft scarf, and in softer colours. I like to design with real people in mind. Yes, designing is often about what I want to knit since I’m the knitter I know best, but it’s also about what others would like to knit. And not a hypothetical knitter either, but a real knitter whom I actually know. With the cool colours of a winter beach, I knew Mel would love Seawall.

Storm Warning

Luckily, we also disagreed (yes, disagreed) about the perfect hat – a double layer for me, and just a single layer for Mel. So it’s no accident that the Storm Warning hat goes with the Harbour Lights cowl; I made those samples to be super-snuggly and in colours with which I’m obsessed. I can’t wait to wear that hat in a biting East wind; it’ll be perfect!

Leeward single layer hat

And yes, Mel made the single layer Leeward hat in her favourite selection of shades from Seawall. One layer of alpaca on one’s head is quite enough for some knitters, and I understand that. Now we were both happy with our perfect pairs of winter accessories.

Port and starboard wristeesThe wristees were an obvious addition, quite apart from a certain sample knitter’s need for complete sets that include head, neck and hands in the warmness! I am always conscious of how I’d feel about buying the yarn for a design, so I wanted something that took care of the leftovers from colourwork.

Port and Starboard are my solution. In fact, they’re great for all kinds of leftovers. With this in mind, if you just want one of the other pieces as a single pattern, you can add the Port & Starboard wristees to your basket for free.

tide tables cowl

Lastly, I wanted a neck-warmer for less bracing weather, but that would go with the single layer cowl and wristees; a lighter-weight set. That’s how Tide Tables cowl came about. It also gave me a chance to show a different colour combination, with an option to see in Autumnal shades to suit the lighter-weight knit.

Now it felt like a cohesive little collection, with options for our different climates, different times of the year and different internal thermostats. The colours say Safe Haven in different ways, with either the warming lights of home or in calm tranquility.

So which is your favourite piece (or pieces) and which colours are for you?

Launch discount: Safe Haven ebook 20% off! Add coupon code blogsea to your Ravelry basket, valid until 15 November 2013.

Knit Night

Knit Night

Knit Night in Whimzy Silkie & beaded

I’ve been too busy designing to blog. I will catch up soon, I hope, and share that design process.

Right now, I just need to cut to the chase and explain that I really wanted to design a project that I could make whilst chatting to my friends at knit night. After a couple of diversions into things that didn’t quite fit the bill, I hit on this idea.

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Five ways with Shalimar Yarns

Another Way

Another Way

I’m thrilled to announce that Shalimar Yarns are offering special kits to make Another Way.

Shalimar have created five different stripe combinations to work with the pattern, all of them equally gorgeous. Not bought the Another Way pattern yet? They’re throwing it in for free with the kit!

Venice Beach

Venice Beach

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