Autumn is my very favorite time of year. The light is so gorgeous, the air is so crisp and the colors take on a gold glow. I love the garden flowers when they are getting towards their end - it seems their color is extra rich. It may be my imagination, but I think it is that the angle of the sun makes everything just look gorgeous. I love how all the plants fall over, creep around and just make the last ditch effort to set seed.
No surprise --- I used my garden flowers as inspiration for the New Fall 2013 Colors of Color By Kristin. If you have been following my designs over the years, these colors probably look familiar. When Classic Elite Yarns brought my favorite blend (formerly called Julia) back to life last season, they couldn't bring in all the shades. This year, they wanted me to choose 6 new shades and here is what I came up with.....
Leading off the pack, Blue Thyme 3220. This color is a lovely light teal shade - it is a complex teal - not just a blue green. It has hints of red in it and it mixes beautifully with all the other colors. I didn't have any thyme in the garden this year but I've photographed it with some lambs ears and lacinato kale.
Next in line is Coleus 3260. This is one of my favorite dark shades - not purple but more a very dark maroon. You can substitute it for any dark shade. It will add a richness to any garment.
For fun, I photographed it with the new shade Lady's Mantle 3235. When I plucked the coleus from the garden, I couldn't believe the synchronicity of the moment - the edging of the coleus was exactly the same as the new Lady's Mantle. Gorgeous.
Here Lady's Mantle 3235 is photographed with a Green Envy zinnia. Love those flowers although they do not produce very well for me.
Anemone 3295 is such a useful purple shade. Here it is photographed with Verbena Bonariesis.
Rock Henna 3255 is photographed with Hot Biscuits Amaranth. This color is a lovely dark rust with overtones of red and gold.
Lastly, how did we exist without Sunflower 3250 Color By Kristin? I'm not sure.
You can download a color card of the entire Color By Kristin color range here. You will find the new colors on the bottom of the color card.
Here's what I have for one lucky winner today -
one skein each of the new colors of Color By Kristin.
and one copy of each of the new two new pattern books - Color By Kristin Books 4 and 5.
Which is your favorite of the 6 new colors of Color By Kristin?
What will you do with the yarn if you win it?
Contest ends Tuesday October 15th at 11:59 p.m. Please US Addresses only.
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And because I am sharing here today - check out Cleo - a fun Fair Isle scarf made with lots of the new colors of Color By Kristin. I knit it on short circulars and edged it in a flared rib. You can find the pattern here on Ravelry. "Heart It" if you like it. The pattern is from Book Five which is available at your local yarnstore or on Ravelry here.