Day 16: Favorite fall color palette #crazyrebelliousart

16. Favorite fall color palette (Bonus: share work you’ve created with that palette.)

Well now, how many fall color palettes are there? I guess mostly we think of oranges, reds, yellows and browns. Autumn leaves, really. And turkey colors.

Pretty fall tree in my neighborhood

Pretty fall tree in my neighborhood

I find my best sources for creative color usage in my yarn work projects. So here are some fall color knits I’ve done:

 

Revontuli shawl in yarn dyed and spun by Two Sisters Stringworks

Revontuli shawl in yarn dyed and spun by Two Sisters Stringworks

 

Fuzzy Bag

Fuzzy Bag

 

Koigu legwarmers

Koigu legwarmers

 

 

My cat Sketch, models the cat hat I made based on his fur/eye/nose colors.

My cat Sketch, models the cat hat I made based on his fur/eye/nose colors.

Cat Hat

A while ago I posted about how I wanted to make something using yarn the color of my cat, Sketch.

Here’s what I made:

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Doesn’t he look thrilled?!

The pattern is Easy Cat Hat (which you can find free on Ravelry) but I took some liberties with the coloration.

Knitting Challenge: Finding Yarn the Color of My Cat

I’ve spent many long moments staring into the lovely green eyes of my cat Sketch, and recently I noticed how beautiful his green eyes and orange nose fit with the colors of his fur.

Sketch is so handsome!

Sketch is so handsome!

I decided to make a trip to my local yarn store to see if I could find a these colors and knit something with them.

I wandered around for at least twenty minutes, dealing with the usual problem I face when I try to do a color-inspired project like this: when I could find a good green and orange in a specific yarn type, they wouldn’t have the brown and beige. And if I found the brown and beige, they wouldn’t have the green and orange. I considered mixing yarn types, especially after I discovered the perfect cat nose yarn:

Yarn the color of my cat's nose

This yarn screams “cat nose.”

Finally I noticed that both of these lines had some good combinations:

Selection of cat colored yarns

Selection of cat colored yarns

I was going to settle on the Cascade 220 on the right because it had the dark brown that the other lacked, and even had it in the basket:

Basket of Yarn

But then I found this Rowan Lima and decided I wanted to knit with that instead.

Final Selection of cat colored yarns

Final Selection of cat colored yarns

So I’m not sure what I’m going to make with this yarn, but I’m leaning toward a hat with cat ears. I’ll keep you posted. 😉

Potentialities

If you’ve spent any time doing art or crafts you’ll know what I mean by “potentialities” when you look at this picture of Fetal Yarn. I call it that because it is yarn that has yet to be born as Something (other than yarn).

Could it be a sweater? It’s a little thick for that and there’s only enough for a baby sweater. That would be one sweaty miserable baby in a thick wool sweater. So no.

How about a hat? Potentially the same problem…the hat would be too hot unless you live in below freezing temperatures.

What about mittens? Maybe, but there’s a lot of yarn here for just one pair of mittens and I’m not sure I want to make two or three pairs.

A purse? Yes! That is my plan for this yarn. But will it survive the knitting gestation period to be born as purse, or will I change my mind along the way, as I have done with knitted projects before? [link] Only time will tell.

When Life is Uncertain, Make Pillows

I’m a serendipitous knitter, free to change a project into something new if my original intention doesn’t work out. Here I’ve got a pair of pillows that were not originally intended as pillows.

This first one

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was originally supposed to be vest. Then I realized I couldn’t steek this yarn, so I decided to make a skirt instead. Soon I realized I didn’t want such a busy pattern on my back side. So it became a pillow!

Next I started to knit a scarf

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but I soon got bored with knitting this made-up fair isle pattern and realized I wasn’t going to have enough yarn for a scarf anyway. So it became a pillow. This one is full of buckwheat hulls and lavender so it can be heated. It has a pretty obvious mistake in it, but who cares. It performs its function and I love it.

Pillows. 🙂