Hello Autumn, I just want to hug you.
The official start to Autumn was at 6:54 on Saturday evening, though it’s been present in the air for at least a couple of weeks already!
What are your favorite parts of fall? I love the fresh crops of apples, soup for dinner, a cup of hot chai in the evening, knitting, and most especially the planning of new projects. Zweig, Cathedral Grove, and Optics are all in progress, but Fernet Branca has captivated me, and I’m thinking about new winter accessories (hat, mittens, cowl). Though with new samples demanding to be knit up, that project may take a back seat, as last year’s hat and mittens are perfectly serviceable. Perhaps I should just knit the matching cowl?
Stop in the shop, and you’ll see shelves filled with the new worsted weight wool basics—Plymouth Galway for the handwashable (and feltable) option, and Berroco’s Ultra Wool, which can be machine washed and dried. I love them both, and you will, too! I knit Scubaa the Blanket Buddy to serve as a swatch of the Ultra Wool.
Also arriving this week were Field Guides No. 6 (Ease), No. 7 (Transparency), and No. 8 (Merry Making) from Mason Dixon Knitting. These charming small books are filled with projects and inspiration.
(Because the new yarns required shelf space, but were replacing yarns that had been on the wall, I’ve moved some things around, and I think you’ll enjoy appreciating some existing yarns that are shown off to their full advantage when the skeins are hanging!)
When we hear about the “Color of the Year,” or read about seasonal color trends in fashion, the source is often Pantone. And they do a great job—check out this blog piece on New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018. (Fall Fashion Week happens in February, but we’ll proceed here imagining that most of us are thinking about a season’s clothing during the actual season….)
Looking at different takes on color forecasting, I found edited.com, which is a company that provides software to fashion retailers that enables them to use data to make purchasing and pricing decisions. That’s pretty specific, and maybe a bit dry for anyone outside the industry, BUT their blog highlights some fascinating ways of analyzing data. The image here is a visual representation of what happened when they used image recognition software to analyze the predominant colors on the runway during fashion week—the graph on the left displays the key colors used, and the graph on the right shows the accent colors. I think it’s fascinating to examine the colors themselves, but a big thing that jumps out at me is that while the focus is typically on the more vibrant hues—Red Pear, Ceylon Yellow, Martini Olive—nearly half of the main colors seen on the runway were neutrals. If this kind of thing interests you, too, you can find more here.
Excited to finally get a start on Cathedral Grove! With big yarn orders arriving and the busy-ness of the new academic year, time has been tight, but knit on US9 needles, I’m hoping this will fly!
Zweig looks quite like it did last week—just with a longer arm. While I typically prefer metal needles with a nice wooly yarn like Darnie, I’ve switched to 12” Chiaogoo bamboo needles for the sleeves. The 12” Addis are only available as the original Turbos, and I decided a pointier tip would be an advantage when knitting the baby twists in the body pattern. Once I’m back to the main body, I’ll continue on with my Addi Rockets, which feature the tapered lace tip.