Color Color Color!

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You selected your next project, now to find the perfect yarn in the perfect colors. There are countless things you can consider when creating a color palette. In today’s blog post we will skim the surface of color theory and offer up a couple simple tricks for selecting color combinations.

Color theory is complex and you could spend hours delving into it. For our purposes we will look at two main parts of color theory- the color wheel and color harmony.

imageThe color wheel pictured here shows you primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. You can use the color wheel as building blocks for selecting colors that are monochromatic or complimentary. That’s a good start for creating a harmonious color palette.

Here are some of our handy tricks that can help you visualize how colors will sit together. Most of us are familiar with the popular kids toy the kaleidoscope. How about the taleidoscope? A taleidoscope uses lenses and mirrors to show you something outside of the device. You can pile up your yarn selection and look at it through a taleidoscope to see how the colors mix together. We have taleidoscope side you’d like to give it a try!

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This next trick comes to us from Michelle who works in the shop. Michelle likes to snap a quick black and white photo of her possible colors. This allows you to see how subtle or stark the colors may be next to one another. This can help you decide if one of the colors will be too dominate for your design, or if you don’t have as much contrast as you would like.

We find color inspiration all around us! So be sure to keep your eyes open for colors you love. Maybe it’s something you saw at the cabin or while walking downtown. Inspiration can strike anytime! We are always here to help bring your vision to life.

Want to read more? Check out these links:

http://www.workwithcolor.com/color-properties-definitions-0101.htm

https://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory

 

Astounded by Short Rows?

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Let’s take away the mystery!

Interweave Knits Spring 2016

The latest issue of Interweave Knits (available in the store now) has a fantastic article about four (4!) different methods of using short row shaping in your knitting. There are “how to” diagrams as well as images showing how the final swatch looks.

how to: short rows in knitting

If you’re intimidated by these techniques, you could simply experiment with these different techniques to create a fun new zigzag dishcloth or scarf – no need to jump outside of your comfort level just to try these out!

Getting Socksy at Needlework Unlimited

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Few things bring greater joy to our feet than a nice pair of hand knit socks. We have you covered from finding a fun new color way for your 87,000th pair to casting on for your very first sock. We even have some already knit pairs in stock for that instant gratification!

Would you prefer to tackle socks in a class setting? Marcy has two sessions coming up: Tuesdays February 2, 9, and 16 or Mondays May 2, 9, and 16 all from 6-8pm. For more class details visit or website or contact us in store!

Tall Dracula Needlepoint Class

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imageimageJoin Gwendolyn and a group of fun stitches for this needlepoint class. Canvas and threads included in the class fee. Stretcher bars recommended. Gwendolyn will provide the stitch guide and instructions. Class meets April 21, May 5, and May 19 Thursday evenings from 6-8pm. Call the store or signup online today!

Skill building classes

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Join Karen for this three session class using the Seaman’s Church Institute 1898 Hat (or headband)!

You will be working with worsted weight yarn and learning a number of techniques that will suit you well for many projects to come.

Class meets on Mondays February 1st, 8th, and 15th from 6-8pm. Call us, stop in, or sign up online.

Keychain

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Can you believe it? I finished this keychain myself! The small and quick to stich kit came with excellant directions for making a unique keychain for yourself or a very nice gift. Try one and see for yourself.