Wednesday 31 August 2011

The season of colour coming up

My favourite season is getting closer day by day and finding red and yellow leaves feels more exciting and inspirational than looking for the first signs of spring.
Colour is usually the starting point of new projects and choosing which ones to use, the most fun part. When in need of theoretical help, interactive colour wheels are very useful for visualising different colour combinations. And you can always rely on the result.
This Color Scheme Designer is what I prefer. Although intended for web design, colours are still colours:

Color Scheme Designer

And here is a small reminder of colours for this autumn suggested by Pantone. Just lovely.

Pantone Colors for Fall 2011

Sunday 21 August 2011

Fall for Blues cowl pattern

Thin cables running across the soft textured surface keep this cowl comfortably around neck, while its height is enough to cover one's head and ears in cold winds.
The cowl is easy to knit and finish, it is worked in the round on circular needles as one piece.

Fall for Blues cowl

The cowl requires four 50 g balls of DK weight yarn, but naturally, it can be worked in lighter and heavier yarn weights just as well.

The pattern is available on Ravelry.

Fall for Blues cowl

Fall for Blues cowl

The sample is knitted in Schachenmayr Nomotta's Extra Merino, shade no. 56. Because of its loose twist, needles sometimes get lost between the threads, but that also makes the yarn so wonderfully soft and fluffy. It is also a very convenient centre-pull ball.

Schachenmayr nomotta Extra Merino