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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Mutant Colourway

Posted on September 12, 2013 by caterpillargreen yarns

Some knitting in progress.  The colourway is "whoops what happened there but actually that's quite a nice ombre effect". 

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Process Knitting

Posted on September 09, 2013 by caterpillargreen yarns

colourway: concrete and tulips | caterpillargreen self-striping yarns

Any guesses as to what this is going to be? Socks? Fingerless mitts? The sleeve of a baby sweater?

Nope. It is going to be absolutely nothing. A little tube with no practical value. 

I have no explanation for why I cast on. I knew full well it was only about 10 g worth of yarn and (64 sts x 10 g = nothing). But it seemed like the right thing to do at the time, and since I keep knitting on it, apparently I keep agreeing with myself. I am really enjoying knitting on this. Weird. 

But hey! Look! I'm making a tube! Isn't it nice?

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Posted on September 05, 2013 by caterpillargreen yarns

colourway: warm and fuzzy

We've been open almost two weeks now and it seems like it is time to celebrate with a little giveaway. Up for grabs is a 115 g skein in either the Warm and Fuzzy or G Biv colourway.

I like the simplicity of both these colourways; three colours, with a slowly changing striping pattern to keep things interesting. 

To enter, just leave a comment and let us know what three colours you would pick for your own version of this striping pattern.  I will randomly select a winning comment at noon PST on Saturday Sept 14. (I was going to say Friday, but realised that will be Friday the 13th. I'm not particularly superstitious, but still. Not the ideal date for a celebratory game of chance.)

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And now a dahlia

Posted on September 02, 2013 by caterpillargreen yarns

purple dahlia. so pretty.  

This weekend we checked out the Saanich Fair, our local Agricultural Exhibition.  As is my usual style, I came home with some blurry iPhone pictures of things that I saw in the first 15 minutes. Not pictured: two soulful alpacas, a 14 lb zucchini, some beautiful hand knits, and the biggest horse I have ever seen. 


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Welcome to our new shop!

Posted on August 24, 2013 by caterpillargreen yarns

colourway: ocean sunset

Hello and welcome as I metaphorically flip the bright orange open/closed sign in the front window to OPEN for the first time! 

I generally try to restrain myself in the use of exclamation points but I have used two already  and that seems about right! That's three now! Because our shop has officially launched and that is exciting! (Five!) (Six!)

Please come on in and take a look around. Please get in touch if you have any questions, comments or suggestions. We will be working hard in the coming months to add new colourways.

Finally, a quick shop note: We have some colourways in stock; others will by dyed to order. To avoid disappointment, we are giving shipping times of 4-6 weeks. Whenever possible, we will ship much sooner than that but either way you will get a confirmation email when your package enters the postal system.


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...and we're live!

Posted on August 05, 2013 by caterpillargreen yarns

We are busy working behind the scenes to prepare for Fibrations and put the finishing touches on, well, everything around here. Check back soon for our first shop update!

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