Picking a Yarn Color Palette

The KnitPicks blog published a post recently about color inspiration, and it struck a chord with me. Both my personal interests and professional life have, in various capacities, involved the use of color and the selection of color palettes.

Up until now, I haven’t really employed many of my favorite color selection techniques in my knitting and crochet projects. My choices often just come down to what combinations seem appealing to me while I’m standing in front of the yarn display. I decided to do a little exercise in color selection based on one of my favorite recent photos. This is one of my beloved floral closeups from my St. Louis trip.

lily pad inspiration photo

I picked one of the tools recommended in the post, the TinEye Labs website, to help me identify the key colors in the image. It’s incredibly easy to use – just upload an image from your computer and wait for the results. A screen capture of the results for my image is below. It shows the original image, a pixelated “color map,” and the color palette that the program puts together based on your upload.

Lily Pond TinEye Labs

From there, I selected a few appealing colors and matched them with shades of Palette yarn. They are (clockwise from upper left) Pumice Stone Heather, Lady Slipper, Bittersweet Heather, and Edamame. I really like how this little exercise turned out! I never would have combined these colors on my own. This color selection method would give you a fun way to pick a color palette for a memorable project.

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Contest Recap

The contest is done, the results have been tallied, and my FOs are once again in my possession! The preview night was wonderful – I thoroughly enjoyed being able to tour the display with my fellow knitting and crocheting (and sewing and quilting) enthusiasts.

All the cool kids head upstairs.

Contest

I’m planning to assemble a series of posts to highlight my entries, provide pattern/inspiration sources (if applicable), and give tips and tricks for creating each one yourself. In the meantime, here is a quick by-the-numbers glimpse of how I did, plus a peek at some of the exhibits.

My Contest Entries, by the Numbers

  • 20: Number of my total entries
  • 17: Number of my crocheted entries
  • 3: Number of my knitted entries
  • 13: Number of my entries that received an individual award
  • 0: Number of my award-winning entries that were in knitting categories 😉
  • 3: Number of Honorable Mentions received
  • 3: Number of Fourth Place awards received
  • 1: Number of Third Place awards received
  • 3: Number of Second Place awards received
  • 3: Number of First Place awards received
  • 1: Number of Sweepstakes honors

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I am so honored to be recognized. The displays are lovely, and the check-in/checkout process is incredibly smooth. How fortunate to have such a wonderful contest where I can display my own work and admire the amazing work of others! I’m already organizing my Ravelry queue with project ideas for next year’s contest. Okay, full disclosure, I had a couple of pieces done before the beginning of this year’s contest. It’s never too early to start! 🙂

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St. Louis Road Trip

I have been patiently waiting to visit the display for the contest that I entered. Entrants get to attend a special preview of the contest exhibit before it opens to the general public. I’m so excited to see all of the entries and get more ideas for future projects. (As if I need any – my Ravelry queue and favorited patterns list are out of control.) And, of course, I’m looking forward to seeing my own projects on display. The organizers do a great job of arranging the entries – they make even my little old FOs look special. 🙂

Lately, I have been busy with… life. In the midst of the transitions (all good ones!), the husband and I managed to sneak in a quick getaway to St. Louis. He had certain attractions on his wish list, which I was happy to accommodate in exchange for a visit to one of mine:

knitorious

For fiber crafters, Knitorious is a magical place. I found it through a quick Internet search for a yarn shop to visit while on our trip. It is located in a cute neighborhood that’s comprised of a friendly mix of residences and small restaurants/shops. The charming area, which is full of nicely maintained brick buildings, is fun to drive through even if you don’t have a specific destination in mind.

knitorious

I went in with no agenda – my only consideration was that I don’t have access to very many nice, finer-than-worsted fibers locally. From the moment I walked in, I couldn’t believe the level of service that this place provides. From yarn and pattern-selection help for beginners, to advanced-technique classes, this place has you covered. I took my time while shopping, and was pleased that the women working here were extremely helpful without being pushy or making me feel rushed. They were quick to point out knitted samples of the yarns that I was considering, which I appreciated. And, their clearance section is absolutely incredible. Lots of bargains to be had if you aren’t shopping for anything in particular.

knitorious

My haul:

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More on these when I figure out what to do with them. One of the women in the shop pointed out that stash yarn purchases, much like calories, don’t count when you’re on vacation. I’m so glad that my husband was within earshot at that point. 😉

Also on the agenda: the Missouri Botanical Garden. This is easily one of the most beautiful botanical collections/facilities that I have ever seen, and that is saying something. (I make a point to visit places like it wherever I go.) We spent several hours there, and didn’t even get close to seeing/properly appreciating everything that it has to offer. I felt like we could have easily spent another entire day there. In short: GO.

botanical garden

The visit gave me the opportunity to enjoy another of my favorite vacation activities: taking closeup pictures of flowers. It is mystifyingly entertaining to me.

Closeup.

lily pad inspiration photo

Pictures.

botanical garden

Of Flowers.

botanical garden

We also did some of the other usual suspects, including: The Gateway Arch

gateway arch

The Old Courthouse

old courthouse

The Cathedral Basilica

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And a brewery tour.

brewery tour

All thoroughly enjoyable. Our only regret is that the Cardinals weren’t in town. Next time!