In My Stash: Knit Picks Palette (Opal Heather and Mist)

If you’ve been following me over on Instagram (feed in sidebar), you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been stuck on a stranded project for, well, ever.

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On the bright side, I’ve got a great yarn to use for this project: Knit Picks Palette in Opal Heather. I had my eye on this colorway for a long time before I found the perfect project for it.

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I just love the flecks of pink and yellow in it. It’s very, very different from the same colorway in Shadow Lace. I made a scarf with Opal Heather in Shadow Lace, and was somewhat disappointed by how gray this colorway looks in that yarn. The Palette version, however, is a gorgeous choice.

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As a contrast, I’ve also got Mist in Palette, a great neutral option for colorwork. Credit for this color combination idea goes to a fellow Ravelry user who used it for her project – I was searching for ideas for a pairing and was so excited to see that someone else had already chosen Opal Heather.

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I’m struggling with my tension on this project, and just can’t seem to get the floats quite right. I think it’s one of those things that just takes practice and patience? Let me know your stranded project secrets.

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TNNA Report Roundup

Although I didn’t attend The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) trade show in Columbus, OH, I’ve really enjoyed reading trip reports from the talented professionals who were there. Here are a few blogs where you can learn more about the event:

P.S. I’m so jealous about all the people who got to have Jeni’s Ice Cream. I’ve never tried it, but they have a bunch of locations now.

P.P.S. It looks like the 2016 TNNA summer show will be in Washington, D.C.

Why I’ve Been MIA

I just wanted to check in to let you know I’m still here, doing well, and starting to attack my Ravelry queue once more! I’ve been scarce around these parts, but for good reasons: preparing for, experiencing, and then catching up after the most amazing trip!

There was a little of this:

Tower of London

And this:

Eiffel Tower Trocadéro

And of course, some of this:

Volvic Knitting Kit La Droguerie

I can’t wait to share details, and to get back in my normal routine of knitting, crocheting, and posting about knitting and crocheting. 🙂 In the meantime, I’ll share some more photos over on my Instagram account.

Yarn & Heritage

Fiber crafts are rewarding for many reasons, but at times it’s really remarkable to consider how participating in the activities is part of our heritage. One of my other hobbies is genealogy, so I may be more invested in the concept than most. 🙂

I can trace quite a few branches of my family back to the 1700s (and much earlier in some cases). I’m so grateful for the work of the many generations before who painstakingly recorded the vital records of these branches (especially since other branches remain a mystery despite years of my own research). These genealogies also come with some family anecdotes, and I found a listing in one of my ancestors’ wills today that directly relates to my favorite hobbies:

[Name] spun the yarn for this coverlet in 1784 when their oldest child was an infant … This coverlet has been in use for every winter for 69 years. In 1858 I knit this fringe and sewed it on, as the old fringe was nearly gone.

Amazing. I wonder if anything I’ve made will last that long – here’s hoping! Of course, I have a more recent family connection in that I learned how to crochet from my grandma. It’s very cool to know that creating projects out of yarn goes way further back in the family.

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In My Stash: Blue Heron Rayon Metallic

I’m finally getting my wish – warmer weather is ahead! Despite a brief setback (where did that snow come from, seriously?) we’re on our way out of the winter that would not end!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and I haven’t had as much time to focus on knitting/crochet projects as I would like. I do have a pretty exciting addition to my stash – courtesy of a Christmas gift card.

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I had been admiring the gorgeous Blue Heron Rayon Metallic yarn online, and then it caught my eye just as I was getting ready to leave one of my local yarn shops. Actually, the display shawl made from the yarn caught my eye.

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I haven’t been able to figure out the name of this colorway – none of the colors on the website really match the skein I have. Perhaps it’s a discontinued color – can anybody help me out? Edit: It’s just called “Turquoise.”

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Gift card or no, it was a little tough for me to drop that much on one skein. I’m still not used to luxury yarns, and I don’t think I’m quite ready to give up on my chain-store acrylics yet. 😉 The skeins of this have generous yardage, though, so I’ll be able to make a very nice project.

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The pressure is on to pick a great pattern for yarn this nice. I’m thinking perhaps the Gail (Nightsongs) shawl, but I’m open to suggestions!

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And Then I Gave My Yarn a Glamorous Photo Shoot

I don’t enter blog contests very often, but when I saw the “Yarn Glam” contest post on the Knit Picks blog, I knew I had to give it a try. If nothing else, it let me set up some fun vignettes that I could post here, and get practice for future photos.

Art directing and photography are hard work. There’s a reason that photographers, stylists, and art directors can spend all day working on a photo shoot and only walk away with a couple of usable shots. I didn’t have that kind of time/patience/skill to devote to this little project, but it was a good reminder of what a tough (though enjoyable) job it can be.

The entry timeline was pretty short, but luckily I had some of my box of yarn stash left. I used my iPhone to capture these photos, and uploaded them to Instagram. There was a limit of three entries, and here are mine:

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Knit Picks Yarn Collection

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I had a few outtakes that I didn’t submit, too, including this close contender for my top three favorites that just didn’t quite make the cut:

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It was especially fun to set up the “yarn buffet” vignette. The main yarn used was Knit Picks Gloss fingering-weight in Tranquil (as of this writing, this colorway is not available on their website). Also pictured are Imagination Hand-painted Sock Yarn in Enchanted Lake (discontinued) and Chroma fingering-weight in Midwinter. Click here to see the contest winners.