Hey everyone......the first long weekend is upon us and we get to celebrate the official 1st long weekend of the summer!! WHOO HOO!! I so live for spring and summer. I was just having a conversation just this morning about how it would be great to live somewhere that doesn't have winter. I know, I know....there are tons of people out there that love winter! Well Kudos to you my friends! I wish I did, I truly do. However, I am at my happiest when I can wear capri pants, a t-shirt and flip flops!! That's just how I roll!! I suppose Australia would be such a place...but then I joked about how it seems that everything down there wants to kill you!! Don't get me wrong I have dreamed of going to Australia since....well....like forever. I can't remember when I didn't want to go. And the funny thing is my family was supposed to move there from England all those years ago....however, the visa fell through and we ended up here in the Great White North instead of the Great Barrier Reef!!! Go figure!! So..... as this is supposed to be a quick posting......
I just wanted to give a sneak peek at my neck Scarf pattern. It was made with Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn. I was in one of my favourite yarn stores (Spun) last Monday and I couldn't resist buying it. It was like Candy all wrapped up in Wool and Silk!! So I went ahead and made a "one ball wonder". It is probably one of the funkier things I have come up with. When I finish writing up the pattern I will let you know...should be up and running by Tues of next week on Ravelry. It is a slightly involved pattern writing process this time as it has a major chart and a little tutorial on making Pompoms!! Curious yet??
Just a little snap shot of what is to come. I truly loved making something so different from what I normally knit or design. Gotta love thinking outside the box sometimes.
Hey Everyone- Hope all is well in your Universe today! I have a quick posting for today. I wanted to share with you all a great kitchen I came across. It really ticks a lot of boxes...so without further ado....Enjoy:
How amazing is this space?? The main counter tops are White Caesarstone. The cabinet and island paint colours are Farrow and Ball- paint colours not given. However, one could probably pick out similar ones from Farrow and Ball...... For the Walls and ceiling perhaps:
Strong White 2001 Farrow & Ball
For the Cabinets.... perhaps:
Cornforth White 228 Farrow & Ball
Lamp Room Gray 88 Farrow & Ball
With.... perhaps on the island......
Stone Blue 86 Farrow & Ball
Oval Room Blue 85 Farrow & Ball
Again....I am only guessing as I can't find the info and I am going by eye with my screen. So I can't really tell...but these colours do look awesome together....
In any event that is one amazing kitchen.....subway tile, butcher block island, industrial stools, open shelves, great pendants......I could go on and on.....
This amazing kitchen was created by Fivecat Studio/Architecture. You should check out their other projects----amazing!!
Hey everyone....Hope all is well? So I got to thinking the other day about colour. And specifically exterior colour. Picking colour for the outside of your home is way more challenging than you might think. Picking colours for outside is so tricky due to one main factor....and that is light. Depending on where you live, this will determine what colours will best suit your home. Not to mention the other factors such as the other materials on your home, cultural, historical factors, indiviiduality, or even geography. However, in this post I want to talk about colour and light and where you live.
For those of us that live in North America....and I mean for those of us that do not live in tropical climes...we get to deal with the ever changing light that is brought to us courtesy of our position in our Universe and the seasons. For those of us that experience 4 seasons you may have noticed how different things look depending on the season.... why is that? Well....it has to do with the quality of light that we are exposed to. What do I mean by that? Depending on the time of year or more specifically the season....the light from our lovely sun comes to us through our atmosphere at different angles. Without being to scientific about it (although I do love these nerd parts....) depending on the angle that the sun comes through our atmosphere we get less or more heat and a different colour is perceived. The heat part is what most people understand. The "quality" of light or in simpler terms the "brightness"....well most people take that one for granted.
Here is an extreme example of what I mean:
This photo was taken the previous winter in Feb. Granted it was close to 5pm when it was taken and we had snow...however, you can see how "blue" and muted the light seems. This photo was not retouched in anyway whatsoever. For those that do not live up here (we are near 43* North here in Burlington) would never believe how "blue" and dull the light can look outside in the winter. This is all due to the angle that the sunlight is coming to us through the atmosphere at this time of the year and time of day. Now contrast this pic with the one below:
Excuse the craziness of the two toads above....... But as you can see the "quality" of the light is much brighter and more "brighter" and "intense" than the previous photo. Now remember I am trying to find extremes in my photos to illustrate the point.
And to go even further.....
Oh to be on that beach!! As you can see in the photo how much "brighter" the quality of the light is.
So now for a bit of tech speak! When the light comes through our atmosphere the "temperature" of the light can be measured on a scale of Kelvin. Everyone can relate to this just by looking at the back of the light bulbs that you buy. In simple terms the higher the number in Kelvin the "brighter" or closer to pure sunlight the bulb will be. Most Incandescent bulbs are around 2600K. The brightest sunlight is usually around 5500K. And if you pay attention you can see that your light bulb at 2600K has a more yellower and muter quality to it as compared to bright sunlight which is a very clear and brighter "blue". The higher the Kelvin number , the "clearer" the visibility This is highly illustrated in my photos I have shown. Look how "clearer" and brighter the photo is of the beach as compared to the "dull" one of the winter scene. So there you have it .... a quick and dirty version of light and it's "quality". This is a very simplistic version but one that I hope is easily understandable.
What the heck does this have to do with me picking a colour for the exterior of my house?? Well....it has everything to do with it!! Even if you have never been to the tropics what do you think of when you think about a tropical beach house?? You are probably thinking about a lot of white and very bright, juicy colours. And you would be right. When you think of the colours used on houses anywhere north of the tropical line you think of more muted, less saturated colours. And again you would be right.
For the most part the rule of thumb for picking colours for the exterior of our houses here in the North is to STAY AWAY FROM ANYTHING IN THE FAN DECK THAT ISN'T AN HISTORICAL COLOUR OR ONE THAT IS NEUTRAL. For the most part if you stay in those two areas then you will be gold. Why is that you ask? Well.... think about it. Really bright, tropical colours for the most part don't look their best up here in the North and you can thank your position on the earth for that one. I love bright turquoise but I would NEVER put it on the exterior of my home.
Bahaman Sea Blue 2055-40 BM
How amazing is the above paint chip. I can imagine this on a lovely beach cottage down south. But put it on my front door and OY!!! Let's just say that I DO NOT have the right light here to do this colour justice. And I think that is the key here. These amazing saturated colours do best and shine their brightest in...well...quite frankly brighter light.
If I had a client that was hell bent on a turquoise then a better choice but in the same vein would be either:
Majestic Blue 2051-40 BM
Caribbean Teal 2123-20 BM
Now....is this set in stone?? No, absolutely not. If you want the brightest colour to adorn your front door then by all means go for it. However, for the majority of people...when you go to the paint store..stick to the more neutrals and historical colours...you will probably end up with the result you were looking for and now you will know why! That's always the rub for me...the why! Why does tropical colours look so awesome down in the Caribbean yet here in the Great White North it doesn't...well now you know...it has to do with the quality of the light up here.
One other "little" detail you have to think of when picking a colour for the outside is how much of an influence the light outside effects the actual colour you pick. You may want a super deep aubergine on your shutters but if you don't pick one that is deep enough the sunlight will completely lighten it up. It is amazing how much full outside light can "lighten" a colour and wash it out. When picking a colour for a room, many times people are told to go down on the chip to a lighter one so that when the colour is on the walls it will be the colour they wanted. That is because paint tends to "intensify" on walls from when you take a little paint chip and then spread it out over a large area. Well it is the opposite when thinking about colour for the outside. Sunlight loves to really "wash out" colours. And it makes sense when you think about it. More light means more light bouncing off of objects, thus "washing out" the colour of the object. The way I look at it.....More light bouncing off of an object, hitting your eye, getting in the "way" of that colour of the object you were looking at- simple , but that is how I think of it.
I wanted to share with you all some really great shots of exteriors and perhaps give you all some inspiration no matter where in the world you live.
I love this house. I will take one to go please!! Usually I am not a huge fan of white trim, but there are cases where it looks stunning. This house is just one case. Although if the designer had chosen a darker trim colour it would have looked amazing too.....It just would have given a completely different look to the house.
The current Stain colour for the body of the house is Cabot Solid Stain in Pewter Gray.
I love red on an exterior. LOVE IT!!! Again, white was chosen as the trim colour but a darker colour...say the one used on the shutters or doors would have looked awesome too. The main colour used here is Tomatillo- not sure the manufacturer though.
I have loved this exterior for years. It is just so classic and well executed. The architects picked the right blue for the shutters. A lovely grayed down blue works so nicely with the stone work. However, if this had been a plantation home in the tropics a brighter Turquoise would have looked amazing too.
Main body colour: Blue Note 2129-30 BM. trim: Cloud Cover OC25 BM, Garage Door/siding: AF750 Sparrow BM. If you look on the chip, Blue Note is very gray with a blue undertone to it. Cloud Cover for the trim is quite grayish as well. However, outside the colours would completely change as is evidenced by the above pic. Love the colours used here.
This is a great example of seeing how light affects the appearance of the red on this house. Under the porch where the light is less intense you can see that the red is truer and deeper than on the upper part of the house.
Here is a lovely little house. It is known as the "Salsa House". To me it is darling and an exception to the rules. The homeowners went for broke for colour and I think it looks great. I think that with picking all the colours from the "brighter" part of the deck helps out a lot. Mixing bright with duller colours can be a challenge. They chose all brights and I think it works for this lovely little gem.
This amazing modern home is located in Houston, Texas. I love the hit of Orange with that gray. Hits of larger blocks of colour always look amazing on modern homes. This too would look awesome in my neck of the woods, however, I would probably put a more muted orange on the home if it were here.
What a lovely Victorian Home. I love it when people adhere to the character of a home and use traditional colours to bring it to life.
Remember how I said that there is exceptions to the rule....one such example if for those that live in places such as Newfoundland, Canada, the Faroe Islands, and other Nordic places, as well as little caches of homes that defy all rules. But that is for another post !! However, for the rest of us mere mortals it is best to stick with what works best for the area in which you live. Does this mean you have to be boring? Absolutely not. Just do what is right for you.
And if you live north of the tropics it may be best to stick with more neutral, nature inspired colours
Hey Everyone! Well here it is finally.....my new scarf pattern. I decided to call her....Fabled. How did I come up with the name...well...there is both Cables and Scottish Faggotting Lace in the scarf. Cable....Faggotting......Hence...Fabled!!
A Faggoting Stitch can be found in both knitting and sewing. In sewing it decoratively holds 2 fabrics together with a lacy stitch.
The same effect is achieved in knitting. What I wanted to talk about is that there are many ways to do the same stitch.
In the pic below you can see the Scottish Faggoting Stitch. I have always been intrigued by this stitch and wanted to incorporate it in a project. Anytime that I have seen it excecuted it would end up looking like the pic below.
Can you see that the ridges that run up and down on either side of the "lace"?They don't actually look the same. If you look at the ridge to the left of the lace, the "v's" that run vertical looked quite defined. If you look at the right of the "lace" they aren't quite as defined.....thus the two sides end up looking a little different from one another. To achieve the above pattern one knits 2 stitches together on the right side and then on the wrong side 2 different stitches are purled together. It finally dawned on me that if one were to SSK-slip, slip , knit on The Right Side instead of knit 2 together then the ridges would lay more alike. See pic below:
Here I thought that I thought of this...and well...I did...however there are others out there that thought of it before me. I had just always seen the Faggotting executed with K2Tog only!!
I really enjoyed working with the Sirdar Snuggly 4 ply. Like I have said previously, I don't usually knit in 100% Acrylic as I LOVE Wool!. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this lovely little yarn. It truly was great to knit with. I highly recommend it.
The pattern is now up and running on Ravelry. You can purchase it here. And as always if you have any issues or comments please do not hesitate to drop me a line...I always love to hear from you all.
So if you are looking for something a little different to knit maybe for a gift or maybe you just want to try Scottish Faggotting but were afraid to try, then this maybe just your little project. Have fun with it.
Hey Everyone .......just a very, very quick posting today!! Hope everyone is well?? I have a little sneak peek at my next scarf pattern. I am currently writing it up and hope that it will be up and running on Ravelry in the next day or two......
Here is that little look;
Isn't she lovely?? I loved creating this one. Since I have many people's in my life that really do not like to wear wool of any kinds.....why I still have said people in my life is beyond me!! Wool rocks my world........However, I understand that some really hate how it feels....so...... I knit up this little lovely in Sirdar Snuggly 4 ply. It truly is a lovely yarn. If I was to make this again for me I would probably go with something with more wool in it....but that's just me.
Anyways......I hope to have the pattern available to everyone real soon....stay tuned......
Hey Everyone....I have a new Yarn Recipe for you. I might have mentioned in a previous post or two how much I love Purl Bee. They truly have amazing yarns. They also have patterns that have an elegant simplicity about them. They aren't overly complicated for the most part. And many times they can really play on texture. However, so many times their yarn for a particular project can be out of my snack bracket. One such project is the Seed Stitch Wrap:
How stunningly gorgeous is this little number? You can just see by the pic how scrumptious the yarn is. One of my favourite stitches is Seed Stitch. It is soooo easy. It is basically a modified 1x1 rib. You K1, P1 across the row. On the next row you would Purl the knit stitches and Knit the Purl stitches in other words Row 1: K1, P1, Row 2: P1,K1...couldn't be easier. It is time consuming since you are constantly switching from a knit to a purl stitch. However, the results are texturally stunning and it is a really great mindless knit. And if you knit it with an over the top amazing yarn....well the results are- amazing!!!
The yarn that they used for this porject is:
The pattern calls for 11 different colours. Aren't they stunning together?? You can buy the yarn as a kit here. You will have to break the bank for this one as it will cost you $407.40!! Yikes. Which....if you can afford it.....you will have yourself one STUNNING wrap my friend. However, for the rest of us we may just have to wait...... or......use another yarn to create a similar one. I have put together my version at a cost that most people would be able to handle.
Now.....I totally understand that the yarn that I have chosen is different. The Purl Bee yarn has a "hand dyed" quality to it....but I think the above colours would work just fine. The yarn that I chose is Cascade 220. If you knit a lot or have done so for awhile then you will be familiar with this great yarn. It truly is one of my fav's. It is such a workhorse and feels great too. It is 100% Wool. But it is such a lovely wool. It comes in like a Cagillion colours or there abouts!! Above is the list that I chose for this project. This yarn is available in most yarn stores and sells for around $9.99/ball. You get 220yds per ball which is fantastic! You may be lucky enough to buy it on sale. It is currently on sale here at Yarn.com. So if you bought the yarn for this project at your local store it would cost around $110.00 dollars. Not cheap by any standards but a great price for a project with 11 colours in it made with great yarn. If you bought it online at Yarn.com it would cost $61.49. Quite the savings either way from the original at Purl Bee. Let me say that if you choose the yarn I chose than what is called for in the pattern it will NOT look quite the same or have the same "hand" as the Purl Bee...as that yarn is quite luxurious....However I think the yarn I chose would look mighty fine.
Do you know which yarn I would love to make this amazing wrap with?? Classic Elite Fresco. It is like Butter..... the fibre content is: 60% Wool/30% Baby Alpaca/10% Angora. It is like a dream. If you can stretch your budget just a little bit each ball costs anywhere from $7.95 on sale to $13.95. But it is like a dream. It has great stitch definition yet has a lovely fuzziness to it.