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27 August 2015

Colour Collaborative: August




Dress

This is one of those occasions when I'm going to be very literal about the theme of the month.
Dress as a term can mean many things but I'm going to actually talk about dresses themselves.  Specifically, given the month, summer dresses.  You see, when it comes to colour I find dresses fairly inspirational.  Fabric generally is because someone else has thought up a palette for you, the work is done.

And that's what I'm doing here, stealing being inspired by the good work of the clever brains that have gone before and using that to create a ready made, harmonious palette ready to go!

Let's take a look at some of my favourite dresses and see what we get....



This is a Joules tunic dress, I love the duck egg blue back ground so that's a good start and unsurprisingly I love the palette it makes too.  Quite distinctively a Joules palette I think.



This is a more subtle selection of colours and one it's hard to pick out in this Stylecraft yarn.  My Cashmerino cards might have been a better choice as they have a more gentle range of colours.  Still it's one I've already taken inspiration from when I made my second Ricicles shawl.  
(This dress I think might be Laura Ashley.)


I'm beginning to notice a bit of a blue theme here.  This is a new dress that I got from Fat Face this year, all ready for my holi-holiday!  I love the contrasting shades in this palette, although the midnight I selected to act as my navy does look rather black in the photo.



 It also comes as no surprise at all that this Cath Kidston dress creates my favourite palette of all.  It's nicely retro as you'd expect and has her distinct and signature colours in, like the duck egg blue, pinks and bold red.  The background of this fabric, although hard to see is actually black so I've added that in too.  (Gasp!)  I know harsh and unyielding black isn't to everyone's taste but I'm coming round to touches of it here and there and for this I think it works.

 What potential palettes do you have hanging in your wardrobe I wonder?


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I yarn I used for these palette is Stylecraft Special DK

(There are no sponsored links in this post, I just thought you might be interested.)


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Don't forget to check out the other great 'Colour Collaborative' blogs
for more of today's great posts...

Annie at Annie Cholewa
Jennifer at Thistlebear
Claire at Above the River
Sarah at Mitenska

What is The Colour Collaborative? 
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff.
Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together?
Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too.
We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination 
our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.


S x




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01 August 2015

Taking a break...



The bags are packed.  The  Kindle is charged, the wooden crochet hook is ready to go and I have the list of 'yarn shops in Florida' safely stowed in my bag.

By the time you read this I will be on my way to warm, wet and sunny Orlando.  Maybe I'm in the departure lounge now, or perhaps we have boarded an are about to take off.  We might even be slogging around Disney or splashing in a water park, depending on how long it takes for this to find it's way to you.

Either way, it's going to be a bit of a mammoth trip, what with my little family, my sister's family and my Mum and Dad all along for the ride.  It feels like an adventure of fairly epic proportions!

Needless to say I won't be around for a while and all things bloggy and social will be on hold for a few weeks.  So any questions or comments both here and around the other places that make up my little corner of the internet shall all have to wait till I return I'm afraid.
(I might be about a little on Instagram, or maybe not, we'll see...)

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I'll hope to be back at the end of August sometime and will look forward to seeing you then.

In the meantime, enjoy your summer (or winter if that is more appropriate) and your own holidays and I shall see you soon...





S x




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30 July 2015

Colour Collaborative: July



Mend

Although I didn't turn the picture above into a colour a palette, I'm sure you can imagine the 'ombre' selection I didn't have the yarn to create, that colour sums up 'mend' more than any other to me.
Or rather, I suppose it sums up 'not mended' more than any other.

You see, that yarn is the one that I made my absolutely favourite pair of socks out of.  The yarn was gorgeous, soft as can be and the colour is divine.  The socks themselves turned out just beautifully too and although I wore them sparingly, their little life was all too short and swift.

I must be one of those people that are hard on their socks I suppose because I had barely noticed the threadbare patches before fully blown heel holes had appeared.  As you will no doubt imagine, I was fairly distraught about this tragic development.  All hope was lost, my work ruined and my favourite socks gone.  Nothing to be done for them I thought sadly to myself and I slowly, reluctantly, dropped them... into the bin!



Now I know that right at this moment you'll be saying to yourself (or maybe screaming at your screen) 'Why the heckety heck didn't you darn them?'  Well, quite.  I know.

I'm afraid it just didn't occur to me.  I don't know how aware of 'darning' I was back when this occurred.  I'd heard of it certainly. People always had to darn their stockings in Enid Blyton or Agatha Christie books, but I'm not sure I really knew exactly what was involved.  What's worse is I had plenty of the left-over sock yarn to do the job with.  Heartbreaking isn't it?  My only defense is time, it was quite a while ago...

Still, it was a lesson learnt because I did finally work out what darning was and realise just what a marvellous thing it might well prove to be for me in future.  So now, as well as understanding the merits of using sock yarn with nylon content to help prevent the pesky holes in the first place, I also know exactly what to do if they do start showing their ugly little faces in the heel regions.





So now, I always make sure I keep a little of any used sock yarn back, ready to leap into action should the need arise.  And that's why it's sock yarn that's inspiring my 'mend' palettes today.

Of course, I haven't actually tried darning yet.
I sense there will be a few more lessons to be learnt lurking in my future...



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Don't forget to check out the other great 'Colour Collaborative' blogs
for more of today's great posts...

Annie at Annie Cholewa
Jennifer at Thistlebear
Claire at Above the River
Sarah at Mitenska

What is The Colour Collaborative? 
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff.
Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together?
Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too.
We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination 
our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.



S x




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26 July 2015

New Pattern: Quite Quant


I'm really excited about this one!

Actually, I could probably always say that, because if I didn't love it so much I'd never manage to get the pattern all written out and ready, but it is true.  I just am so happy with how this little blanket turned out.

It is a pretty small blanket, it'd be just right to use on a push-chair.  It's the sort of size blanket I use when I take my little niece out for a walk (and hopefully nap).  It'd work for a large pram or carrycot too though I would think. 

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It's the first time I've made a blanket entirely from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and it was such a treat to do it.  It's so lovely to crochet with and the colours are just gorgeous.  The ones I went for are hopefully in keeping with the sort of sixties 'flower power' type feel I was going for with these little quarter petal flowers.  I think they are very Mary Quant and overall it's got quite an Orla-ish feel about it too.




Rarely, for me, I actually wasn't very far at all into the blanket when I decided I had to come out with some sort of layout plan so that I could get all the colours nicely arranged and 'just so'.  I did a little thing on the computer so I knew what colours were going where.  I had a few goes at it, trying to get it all just perfect but to be honest it seemed impossible to order them perfectly without falling into a repeating pattern, which I prefer not to do.  So in the end it's still a little random in places but doesn't make it any less perfect in my eyes.

As I say, it's not my usual way to plan it all out in advance like this but I must say it does speed things up when you do.  Normally I enjoy making decisions as I go, it's all part of the fun.  But this method means that once you are ready to join, you just whizz through it.  Pretty cool!

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The part that caused the most agonising, was the border.  I had an idea for a quite wide border, which was going to echo the petals and be very in keeping with the sixties theme.  It was all quite lovely and thinking my test piece was perfect, I edged the whole blanket in it.  But when it was done, lovely as it was, it just wasn't right.  It was too overwhelming and so it had to go in favour of something simple and understated that allows those cute flowers that somehow manage to look geometric too, doing the talking instead.  Much better.




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by Sandra Paul

A full written pattern which includes:

UK Crochet terms and stitch abbreviations (with a guide to convert to US terms)
Helpful pictures
Layout information (if you want to duplicate my colour layout)
 Photo tutorials for special stitches
Crochet chart
Also includes guidance on yardage for making larger sizes


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S x




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