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  1. It’s easy to find images full of colours that would make a great yarn or sweater.

    Five minutes on pinterest could give you enough colour suggestions to keep you going for months.

    Sometimes it all gets a bit too busy though – too many colours, too much going on.

    So I thought I’d blog about a very simple way of reducing the number of colours involved.

    I’ll be using a couple of postcards which I bought last time I was in a museum gift shop. I loved the colours for their retro feel.

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    The colours are lovely but there are far too many for one skein of yarn.

    Start by taking a photo of your original image.

    I’ve used photoshop elements to crop sections from the images. Any program or app which lets you crop pictures will do the job beautifully. You could even go the low tech route and use 4 strips of paper to frame different sections of your original image.

    So back to card one.

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    When I’m thinking about colours for yarn I look for three or four colours.

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    I’d probably ignore the white in the last 2 images, so I’d have 3 ideas using 4 colours. It’s worth looking at things that are similar – like the 2nd and 3rd cropped sections. I prefer the 2nd version with the light mushroom colour as the extra depth in that will produce a yarn with less of an extreme shift between the colours.

    Looking at smaller sections can also give you very different images.

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    This is the 2nd postcard.

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    There’s overlap between the three images, but each would produce a very different yarn.

    I’m going to be talking more about this technique on Saturday as I’m teaching two dyeing workshops at Unravel in Denby Dale.

  2. 1. It’s Socktober.

    2. It’s getting colder. Warm socks are going to be needed soon.

    3. My beloved other half has decided that she needs new socks. What she really means is that I need to knit socks from the mound of scarps left over from winding mini skeins for Yarndale. Very colourful socks. This is ok, as it won’t be my job to darn in the ends.

    4. I have a copy of Socks Volume 2 by Rachel Coopey and I want to knit everything in it.

    5. I don’t have to crawl about on the floor to knit socks. I will have to crawl about on the floor if I want to cut out fabric. First I will need to clear enough space to crawl about in. It would be easier to knit.

    6. Knitting goes well with tea and biscuits.

    7. Knitting also goes well with gin.

    8. I’ve just found the new Squeeze album on Spotify, so I’d be very happy to sit still for an hour or so.

    9. There’s something deeply soothing about the simple process of knitting a tube. Soothing is always good.

    10. I’m working on several ideas – and sock knitting is good thinking time.

    Why do you knit socks?