Photo Jul 19, 8 14 38 PMThe past few weeks have been marked by some pretty warm days here in Toronto. With no AC in our apartment the heat waves can lead to Andy and I enduring pretty toasty (not in that holly jolly way, either) temperatures that make you want to abandon all things wooly and never set foot in the kitchen again (except maybe to grab some ice out of the freezer for a refreshing cocktail).

Even though the heat has made progress slow on knitting lately, it has also inspired thoughts of cooler fall evenings and prime knitting season. So when the knitting needles aren’t clinking, I’ve been dreaming up some new design ideas and fall/winter inspired colorways for Long Dog Yarn.

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Most of the ideas are still that at this moment, just words on a page and thoughts in my head, but this week I dyed up some beautiful deep rusty orange to pair with Lichen, a speckled green colorway, and began knitting away on a new shawl design with a splendidly fall-inspired leaf motif for the border. The lace chart was a little tricky to get the hang of at first, having to remember to switch the symbols between right-side and wrong-side rows (you know, knit on the right side becomes purl on the wrong side). But after working a repeat or two of the lace, things are sailing smoothly along. My absolute favorite part of the lace is the asymmetry on the edge where the leaves stick out a bit and create a wavy edging. It just adds a bit of whimsy that I always enjoy finding in a knitting design.

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The color combination just screams autumn to me. Greens and oranges are not colors I tend to gravitate towards normally. Both my wardrobe and my stash are almost completely devoid of these colors, but every once in awhile it’s fun to take a step out of my comfort zone and see what other exciting possibilities lie out there in the unknown. And so far, I’m really digging this possibility and enjoying watching it grow.

Linking up with Ginny and KCCO.


15 Comments on Thinking ahead

  1. I love these two yarns together. I also love the lichen by itself. I can’t wait to see your finished shawl it is coming along nicely.

  2. Love the Lichen color!! Will it be available in your shop? Also what solids will match/coordinate with it? I love the new design, I’m just not as brave as you. The leaves are wonderful.

    • Yes, Lichen will be coming to the shop soon. I’m planning on rolling out my fall-inspired colorways over the next month. Lichen pairs great with darker greens, oranges, and browns, all which are slowly appearing in the shop. 🙂 Once I have the pattern finished, I’m also planning on selling kits to take the mystery out of color pairing.

  3. Isn’t it funny how us knitters are already dreaming of autumn because of all the knitting? I agree that these colours just scream autumn, really loving the design!

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