Colour Inspiration: Varia

Posted on October 25, 2013 by caterpillargreen yarns

Image Source: Dull Roar
Pattern: Varia

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Colour Inspiration: From Norway With Love

Posted on October 18, 2013 by caterpillargreen yarns


Image Source: Pickles
Pattern: From Norway With Love
Designer: Anna and Heidi Pickles
Ravelry Link

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Colour Inspiration: Heirloom Chevron Throw

Posted on October 11, 2013 by caterpillargreen yarns

Image source: Fancy Tiger Crafts
Pattern: Heirloom Chevron Throw
Designer: Jocelyn Tunney

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Update about future updates

Posted on October 08, 2013 by caterpillargreen yarns

Knit granny square

Just popping by to say hello and let you know that the blog and store will be a bit quiet for the rest of 2013 as we take time to focus on our family.  The next several months promise to be wonderful but busy. 

The shop will remain open but rather than dyeing to order, we will list only what we currently have in stock. As always, please contact us with any questions or requests!

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A blue and green kind of week

Posted on September 24, 2013 by caterpillargreen yarns

I have been making slow but unsteady progress on this sock over the past week or so. I got walloped by a cold, or possibly a few different colds simultaneously, and sometimes sleep is just the best option. 
But it now appears I will live after all. I'm at the point in my recovery where I have the energy to plan out my next 700 projects, but not quite enough energy to make any real progress on any of them. (Actually, not entirely true since this is self-striping yarn.  Sometimes it only takes two or three rows to make the yarn change colour and if that isn't an accomplishment, I don't know what is.)
In related news, I will be doing a big batch of dyeing this weekend and shipping off orders on Monday. A big thank you to everyone who has waited so patiently for your yarn; it won't be long now.  And if you have been debating putting in an order, anything that gets ordered this week will be ready by Monday. 

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Surprise Yarn

Posted on September 19, 2013 by caterpillargreen yarns

The September shipment of the Tanis Fiber Arts yarn club arrived in my mailbox today. Beautiful stuff, as always. This club is like getting an extra six Christmases throughout the year. And, if you are the right combination of busy and forgetful, they are surprise Christmases. So great.

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Giveaway winner and a colour palette

Posted on September 17, 2013 by caterpillargreen yarns

...and the winner of the giveaway is Nick with comment #65: 

"I would do pistachio green, chocolate brown, and red brick."

I quite enjoyed reading through everyone's colour combinations. They were wildly and wonderfully varied in every possible way.

Reading the comments also gave me a new appreciation for the cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words. For example, what does Nick's colourway, above, look like to you? What colour, exactly, is chocolate brown? It sounds delicious, but are we talking milk chocolate? Dark chocolate? Does it have red undertones? Green? 

Ditto pistachio green (semi-neutral? vibrant?) and red brick (browny-red? reddy-brown?).

This type of thing is so interesting to me that I put together the colour palettes you see above - one is my interpretation of Nick's colourway, the other three are based on slightly more authoritative sources. These are not just slight variations on the same thing, are they? The X11 standard (used by web browsers) is all bright and happy, while the Benjamin Moore colours are semi-neutrals. Me and fall somewhere in between. 

If I were trying to make a point here, and I'm not entirely sure that I am, it would be about how subjective and personal colour is. And also, the X11 standard is just wrong about the colour of chocolate. I mean really, orange? 

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