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50 shades of gray

Some time ago I saw on my facebook board a very funny photo saying: “The only 50 shades of gray I’d like to see are the ones in my stash.”
Seems like this sentence summarises my recent knitting preferences perfectly. Altought I try not to limit myself to my “safe” colors when I buy new yarn, I somehow ended up producing lots of gray garments recently. Not that I’m complaining, it’s just an observation :-)

“The color gray is an unemotional color. It is detached, neutral, impartial and indecisive – the fence-sitter. From a color psychology perspective, gray is the color of compromise – being neither black nor white, it is the transition between two non-colors. The closer gray gets to black, the more dramatic and mysterious it becomes. The closer it gets to silver or white, the more illuminating and lively it becomes. Being both motionless and emotionless, gray is solid and stable, creating a sense of calm and composure, relief from a chaotic world. The color gray is subdued, quiet and reserved. It does not stimulate, energize, rejuvenate or excite. In the meaning of colors, gray is conservative, boring, drab and depressing on the one hand and elegant and formal on the other, yet never glamorous.”*

So much for the theory, right? To tell you the truth I love gray yarn as the texture looks SO awesome in it :-) Gray doesn’t need a lot to shine, it looks perfect in stockinette, garter as well as cables. And there are so many colors you can pair it with!

First I made Cloud Bay. The yarn I used for this cardigan was hand dyed by Mel from Mellifera Yarns. It’s a really soft blend of merino, cashmere and nylon in a very subtle bluish shade of gray. I love that sweater – I wear it with granite wool trousers and a very saturated top underneath (think yellow! :-). So classy and cozy.

Cloud Bay

Shortly after this cardigan, I made Mrs Skyler. I watched almost all the series of “Breaking Bad” while making that cardi and thus the name :-) The cardigan is made in gorgeous Julie Asselin Leizu Worsted in a colorway that might fall into gray category – Birch. OMG, the moment I saw the texture on my swatch I knew this design and yarn were meant to be together. I think this cardi gets the most wear from me now and I do wear it just as modeled – with a pair of jeans, a top and some colorful neck piece (here “Dripstones Cowl”).

And then I made a gray pullover in one of the coziest merinos I’ve even had on my needles – De Rerum Natura Gilliat. When I sent the sketch of the design to Solenn and she asked me to pick color for it, I just knew it had to be gray… or nothing. This time the color Granit is darkish and looks exactly like its namesake – graphite granite. Yet again, add a pair of jeans and it’s awesome :-)

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Is that the end? Not really :-) Some time ago I looked at the swatches in front of me and the cardigan I had on my needles. Hmmm… both swatches in gray; one in DK weight, the other aran and a new design in gray sport yarn. Think I need to go shopping for some reds or pinks now :-)

So is grey slowly overtaking you too?

*from Empower Yourself with Color Psychology

What the Heart Wants

I started working on this collection in spring. First my needles got occupied with lace. Wonderful leafy lace that was going to ornament my back. All the leaves made in a silky blend by Malabrigo caressed my fingers and I was deeply sad I had to wait for the rest of the designs (and for the photoshoot) to actually wear the pullover. Silky Merino is such a wonderful yarn! So soft and light, with fabulous stitch definition. It’s true what others say about its delicate nature and tendency to pill but I don’t really care – this sweater is so gorgeous to wear that it deserves a lot of extra care to keep it in a nice shape.

Then I cast on for the sock weight shawl. A shawl that would combine my two loves: an old one – green and a new one -purple. It took me a long time to make it, but I was really relaxed about it and didn’t hurry. It was created somewhere between all the other design and is far from its initial sketch (does that often happen to you that your FO gets its own life and totally ignores the design plan?). I haven’t made a multicolored shawls before, but it’s over! Making them is so much fun and if you have a lot of single skeins they allow you to be really creative.

Shortly before going to Unwind Brighton I made the pink Rios sweater… and frogged it completely. My family was shocked when they saw me sitting on the floor in the middle of pink “noodles”. Oh well… I bet it happens to everyone. But I was not sad as I knew V2 would be a lot better. And it is!

The last design travelled with me to Brighton. Whenever we sat down in a pub, in the marketplace or during the football match I knitted the dark red cardi. Back then it looked like an incomplete raglan – just the back and the sleeves – and the remaining fronts were made after coming back home. I’m so happy with this cardi as it filled the gap in my closet perfectly. There are so many open-front draped cardigans out there but whenever I planned to make one I just got frustrated with the neverending rows. No such thing in here as the fronts are knitted sideways! Fast, easy and so much fun. Now I think I need a similar one with cables instead of lace :-)

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All these designs were put in a small ebook called “What the Heart Wants” and I made them for Malabrigo as a part of their Freelance Pattern Project they issue every month. We got really excited with this one and created a small site for the collection and a look book. Hope you enjoy flicking through it :-)

Ahh, btw, there will be a KAL with all the designs from the collection in my Ravelry group! More details in a day or two!

Happy knitting,
xoxo
Justyna

Busy Bee

So it’s almost Fall. The summer went by so fast… I tried to divide my time bewteen family and work but I’m still really bad at finding a perfect balance between both. Apart from spending some quality time with my hubby and kids I was working like crazy on a really cool release scheduled in the next few weeks. I must say I’m pretty excited about this one and I can’t wait to share more about it with you…

In the meatime the publication is becoming more and more real to me, with test knits soon to be finished, final edits of the instructions and, of course, the photoshoot.

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Apart from that I’m also in working on a few sweet collaborations with really fantastic yarnies – Mel and Julie. The first design is for Mel from Mellifera Yarn and it is actually ready and just waiting for the test knit to begin. It’s a very simple cardigan that I was completely lacking in my closet (actually you can see it in the pic :-). I made it in Mellifera Yarn Cash DK – so soft and lovely to wear! This gray shade is called Smoke and it’s really subtle and pretty. Just perfect :-)

The second sweater I’m making is also gray :-) It was not intentional, though. The design for Julie Asselin is worked in fabulous Leizu Worsted in coloroway called Birch. Oh my! That yarn looks so awesome! It has a really great stitch definition and a gorgeous sheen (that must be the silk content). I think it’s not available yet but do try it when Julie puts it in the store!

So seems like the next few weeks are going to be pretty exciting.

I hope :-)