Blogging color and ideas
A big part of the reason I started my blog "Getting Stitched on the Farm" was so that I could document how I come up with my ideas. Because I have my own yarn line (Julia) and design for magazines, and write books, I am constantly working with color. After over twenty years of professionally picking and combining colors, I thought it might be fun to present to my readers how I gather my color ideas and turn them into sweaters, interior design, and yarn lines. It has turned out to be more fun than I ever thought it would be. This blog has given me the chance to easily show the world my ideas in a free, easy to use fashion and for that I am grateful. It's a lot of added work - uploading pictures takes a long time and so many times fails. Sometimes I get up in the middle of the night and add them because I don't have luck during the day getting them successfully up on blogger. (Ideas, anyone? I have a very slow dial-up connection).
Most of all I am thankful to you, my readers, for coming to my little blog and looking and reading. I love to read all the comments you all leave everyday - it is one of the sunniest times in my day. I am always curious to see which post will receive the most. I am constantly trying to discover a trend as to what you all like hearing about most - animals, farming, nature, color, knitwear, stitching, raising a kid? Do you like the pictures or the words? I'm awful at responding in the comments section - I just don't have enough time to keep up the dialogue with this painfully slow connection - sorry. If you need a direct response from me, I do best at answering direct e-mail. You can find an e-mail link on my sidebar.
I think for now, I'll just keep mixing the subject matter up. Today's post are late fall photos of color that I have been observing on our road and in our yard. This spirea bush is right outside our mudroom. The light was hitting it just right and the gold, red, and brown shades looked so pretty - like glistening jewels fluttering in the wind.
Last week this striped maple sprout was turning a great shade of reddish maroon with rust colored veins. The lichen covered tree gives a great example of complimentary colors in nature.
I spied this funny looking berry on a bush on the side of the road. The whole thing is odd - white berries and red colored stems - but it sure does look great against the forest floor colors of chartreuse and brown. Does anyone know what it is?
These photos lead me to a design I did for the first Designer Pattern Collection (Fall 2005) produced by Nashua Handknits. They ran this sweater as an ad in Interweave Knits and I heard from a lot of people who wanted to find the pattern and my Julia Yarn. This fall, the Julia Yarn is much easier to find. It is in over 130 stores throughout the USA and Canada. If your LYS doesn't carry it, ask them to. In a couple weeks, I'll have a list of these stores on my website so that it will be easier to find a store near you.
This sweater combines my love of cables, color, and embroidery all into one. The stripes are made in reverse stockinette stitch. The yoke section is worked in an alternating open cable pattern. After it was finished, I added lazy daisy embroidered flowers in the open part of the cables to bring the magenta and geranium shades into the lady's mantle chartreuse section. The long turtleneck makes it cozy and warm.