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Color Grid: Picking Stockings Colors, & a Giveaway!

About a month ago I was given one of yarn dyer Gail Callahan of Kangaroo Dyer‘s Color Grid to play around with. Never checked out a Color Grid? They’re pretty cool!

The Color Grid!

The Color Grid!

It’s a really easy to use tool to help you pick complimentary colors for your knitting projects. Or really any projects where you use more than one color! There are lots of pictures about how to use it on the Color Grid website, but essentially, and more specific to knitting, you find your main color on the grid and place the black finder’s largest circle over that color – it’s the circle in the center of the block of cut out circles. Then each color in the smaller circles are complimentary colors, and each color that falls in the slit on the other side of the black finder are your complimentary pop colors.

Gift Wrap by Judy Tollefson

Gift Wrap by Judy Tollefson

As soon as I got the Color Grid I knew what project it was going to help me with – these fantastic stockings! Gift Wrap by Judy Tollefson use 8 or 9 colors! Luckily I had a guinea pig.

Laura's Stockings!

Laura’s Stockings!

My friend Laura was commissioned to knit up these stockings, so she found the pattern and quickly punched out three of them. Aren’t they amazing?! She only used 6 colors, so that is what I’m going for.

I want to knit two stockings, one each for Shane and I. I didn’t want super traditional colors, and I also wanted them to be complimentary in that they are different but also look great together because they use a few of the same colors. So I looked at the Color Grid and picked out my first MC – a deep dark cranberry red.

Deep Red MC

Deep Red MC

Another caveat? I don’t like purple! So that eliminated a lot of my MC’s complimentary colors. But was I was left with I really love – bright coral pink and a very pretty range of greens.

Red MC Complimentary Colors

Red MC Complimentary Colors

I went to JoAnn and went to town! I had my Color Grid, I was spreading yarn out all over the floor! I made myself at home. And here is what I came up with! That neon coral as my closes complimentary color, a very light green and dark green-y blue as my pop colors, and cream and grey as my neutrals.

Light Green MC

Light Green MC

In order to make sure my stockings look good together I picked a MC from the CCs of my first stocking – that light green. I found it on my Color Grid and, avoiding again the purple trap, picked colors from what the Color Grid told me.

Green MC Complimentary Colors

Green MC Complimentary Colors

Those colors included the dark green-y blue from my first stocking, a neon yellow complimentary color, then instead of the purple pop color the Color Grid was set on, I stretched it a tiny bit to use the MC from my first stocking as my pop color, and again the cream and grey.

All in All - Pretty Hot!

All in All – Pretty Hot!

So here are the yarns I snagged with the help of my Color Grid! They are all Caron Simply Soft: MCs are Autumn Red and Pistachio, that blue/turquoise is Pagoda, the neons are Neon Coral and Super Duper Yellow, and the neutrals are Off White and Grey Heather.

Color Grid Giveaway!

Now that I’ve sold you on the Color Grid, you want one, right?! Well it’s your lucky day because I’ve got TWO to give away. Comment on this post and tell us what multi-color project you’ll be using a Color Grid to help you pick out colors. I’ll pick my two favorite projects a week from today, Monday October 27th. Good luck!

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A Look Inside Faux Taxidermy Knits

So many great knitting books have come out this fall so far, right?! Monday we took a look through Alexis Winslow’s book Graphic Knits, and today I’m very excited to share another fun book, Faux Taxidermy Knits!

Faux Taxidermy Knits by Louise Walker

Faux Taxidermy Knits by Louise Walker

I bought this book in a crazy fever! Actually I bought two copies – one for me and one for Laura. I saw it, kind of passed out, and the next thing I knew I had an order confirmation. It’s just SO cool! There is nothing else like it out there in the knitting world. I love animals, I love dead animals, I love home knits! It was a match made in heaven.

Pheasants!

Pheasants!

First up? Pheasants. While I could never have actual dead birds hanging in my house (and, you know, ignoring the fact that I’m a vegetarian), these fake dead pheasants are so magical. My kitchen will look like a still life painting from the 1800s! Who doesn’t want that?!

This is one of the patterns from the book actually on Ravelry – strangely there are only 4 shared there now! And the store page on Interweave isn’t very forthcoming with the project pictures either. What gives guys?! Interweave does have a list of the projects inside the book, and yeah they are all amazing! Take my word for it.

Here are some of my favorites from the book:

Moose Head!

Moose Head!

Fox Head Hat

Fox Head Hat

Bear Coasters

Bear Coasters

I had this book laying out when Shane came home, and even though while he was flipping through it he said it was a super cool book (duh!), he made it very clear he didn’t want any of these projects in our house or on my body. To which I LAUGHED AND LAUGHED! Fat chance dude. What are you going to do, divorce me?!?! lololzzzz

Rest assured my home will soon be covered in these ridiculously amazing knits. WIPs to come sooner than my knitting schedule allows because I’m just that pumped.

Order your copy from Interweave here, and find it on Ravelry here. Hopefully more projects pop up soon!

#TSOLKAL Week 2 in Review

Two weeks down and 6 to go in the Allyson Dykhuizen / The Sweatshop of Love KAL! We’ve got a couple more WIPs to show off this week:

yondercrawdad's Heraldry

yondercrawdad’s Heraldry

mamatronic's Liaison Tee

mamatronic’s Liaison Tee

OhDoogs Block Island Pullover

OhDoogs Block Island Pullover

Pretty beautiful right?! I’m hoping for even more to show off next week! Come on KALers! Let’s see those WIPs!

My Block Island Progress

My Block Island Progress

I haven’t made too much progress since last week myself, but I did get through the first set of stripes and you can see I’ve got a little stranded colorwork going on my needle row, so I just made it to the polka dot section. Not too shabby! I’m hoping to have a lot more to show off next week because I’ve got a knit night and a mini road trip this weekend. Block Island Pullover! You’re all mine!

Here’s to a week filled with knitting! Happy knitting KALers!

A Look Inside Graphic Knits

Last month I shared an interview with designer Alexis Winslow about her newly released book Graphic Knits, which is just full of beautiful sweaters and accessories that I instantly fell in love with and new I had to get my hands on.

Inside!

Inside!

Because of my excellent powers of persuasion a copy landed on my doorstep recently and it absolutely lives up to expectations.

Cute!

Cute!

The internet has really been blowing up about this book as well, and I’ve really enjoyed all the FOs and sneak peeks popping up! Namely on the KAL Blog Tour:

Heather Zoppetti Designs – Woodstar Mitts – 10/3

Dayana Knits – Laszlo Cardigan – 10/7

Stockinette Zombies –Germander Shrug, and Sweetness Pullover – 10/9 (They’ll be knitting these sweaters over the next month, and they talk about Graphic Knits on the podcast)

Knitscene/Knitting Daily blog – Barbet Turtleneck – 10/9

Polka Dot Overload – Bowerbird Wrap – 10/15

Alexis has really been killing it on her blog as well. Not only is she hosting a KAL for her Sweetness Pullover, but she’s peppering her blog with inside info about her design process and back stories about each design in the book. It’s awesome! I was particularly blown away by her Meet the Rook Pullover post where she just casually talks about creating a new shoulder shaping and how she ripped out the old one and attached the first version’s body to a new shoulder shaping. NBD.

Alexis Going to Town!

Alexis Going to Town!

So what about me? It’s so hard to decide, but I think my favorite is the cover shot sweater, Trilogy Cardigan.

Graphic Knits - jacket art

I was really sold when I saw this schematic in the book.

What the?!?!

What the?!?!

Like, what the hell is going on there?! I’ve just got to find out. I love a crazy construction!

For a full list of everything Alexis has going on live and online, here is her full Book Tour Schedule. If you can make it to one of her in person book signings be sure to say hi for me!

Graphic Knits

By Alexis Winslow

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

http://bit.ly/1vYisdT

Pretty Little Amsterdam FO

I finished up my Pretty Little Amsterdam cross stitch from Satsuma Street RIGHT before we left on our trip so I wasn’t able to photograph it and share it until now! It feels like I last shared my progress forever ago (Aug 12th!), but it’s been chilling on my wall looking awesome for about a month now.

Pretty Little Amsterdam

Pretty Little Amsterdam

So, yes, it looks beautiful, but it took me right up until I went to put it in the frame to notice that it’s completely wrong.

Amsterdam Vs Paris

Amsterdam Vs Paris

Notice anything different between my Pretty Little Paris and my Pretty Little Amsterdam? Yeah Amsterdam is HUGE!

Practically Running Out of the Frame!

Practically Running Out of the Frame!

I’m not upset about it other than it totally doesn’t match my Pretty Little Paris, but I really love it better this way! I must have accidentally bought the wrong size cross stitch fabric, which is kind of crazy considering I bought both sheets of fabric at the same time from the exact same spot on the wall at JoAnn, but bygones. I guess that’s why you always have to double check!

Details!

Details!

Pretty Little Amsterdam was the one to put in the wrong sized fabric, though. There are so many more details and colors and shapes in this design than were in Pretty Little Paris. I kept getting so mad at myself for messing this one up as I was working on it because I hardly screwed up Pretty Little Paris at all, but looking at them side by side I know why I was – Pretty Little Amsterdam is so much harder! There is so much going on in this one! It was SO much fun to stitch up, and I absolutely love the result.

Pretty Little Amsterdam

Pretty Little Amsterdam

I’m pretty sad not to have a cross stitch project on the embroidery needle right now! I know I’ll be stitching something up soon – I miss it! In the mean time, my walls look great, and having these up in the house reminds Shane and I of our amazing trip. Pretty perfect right?