Spring 2015 Color Report From Pantone

Again, dreaming of spring in the midst of Winter…

Here is Pantone’s official colour palette for this year. I’m less enthusiastic about some of these selections but there are definitely some that will make their way into my crafting or home.

Pantone's Spring 2015 colour predictions

Pantone’s Spring 2015 colour predictions

My evolving taste in interior design colours has me looking at the Pantone Colour of the Year, “Masala”. Shown here in various accessories, it’s easy to picture adding it into an existing colour theme.

Image credit: Pantone

Image credit: Pantone.com

Green is one of my favourite colours and it is a strong part of my decor palette. “Woodbine” is a lovely warm green that looks great in the treatment below:

Woodbine Decor Spring 2015

I like blue but have used it less in recent years. Our first little townhouse was decorated at the height of my love for antiques and the desire for an older home. Colonial blue and Wedgwood – and geese! Let’s not forget the proliferation of geese on everything 🙂 – were colours that I loved then. Seeing “Dusk Blue”, which was a colour of the year in 2013 as well, used in more simple treatments and with muted greys and mauves; makes it feel much more current and for me, I love the natural feel it evokes.

Dusk blue 2015 decor

There are great photos all over the Internet, showing creative ways to incorporate or reinvent your home and wardrobe to include 2015’s colours. My home is looking relatively stylish – in terms of colour 😉 – nice for a change! I’ll be knitting and crocheting for the shop with an eye to some of the warmer palette shown this year.

What will you be creating in the latest fashion colours? 🙂

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Spring 2014 Color Report From Pantone

Why yes. We are already dreaming of spring. It’s a tradition here in the frozen north to be surprised that it’s so damn cold and pine for spring for the next four months.

So what do you think? Here is the official colour palette:

Pantone Fashion Colours 2014

Pantone Fashion Colours 2014

Here are a few decor applications that I rather like. Violet Tulip and Radiant Orchid being favourites right away for me. I am all about the purple, all of the time.

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Pantone paloma chair

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For knitting and crochet, I think it would be fair to say that with the addition of some shades and tones of “Paloma”, I will be able to be very current come the thaw. I’m sure there’ll be a new crop of patterns coming soon that’ll be showing some of these 2014 selections. Can’t wait!

Here is a great link that shows some of the fashion concepts that designers are envisioning for spring. Great mix of warm, cool and neutrals. It looks like there’ll be a colour for everyone next season. 🙂

Housekeeping and Progress

I’ve added another gallery to the “My Galleries” tab. Slow but sure, things are being transferred and updated. With spring in the air in both my homes, that inclination to renovate, renew and reinvent is definitely on the brain!

A new home, with new decorating possibilities… The mind boggles at all the options out there and of course, as an artist, I find I am brimming over with new ideas for patterns, art and a new book.

Breakfast Nook Home Office

I think its time that I have a “proper ” home office, one that isn’t the top of every piece of furniture in  my living room! If I can arrange for the floor to ceiling, wall to wall window, I shall. My breakfast nook “thing” started when I was really little. My Grandma had one and I’ve many fond memories or meals, reading and art projects done there. That and a walk-in pantry. Every good cook needs one of those…

Oh! Knitting… Forgot about that, smiles.

SPNF #8 flew off the hook. Here’s the finished photo:

Scarves Plain 'N Fancy #8

Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy #8

SPNF #7 is still in the works. Being as this is a “plain” I find it a little less exciting to work on but its coming along nicely:

Scarves Plain 'N Fancy #7 - WIP

Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy #7 – WIP

And a peek at the progress for SPNF #9:

Scarves Plain 'N Fancy #9 - WIP

Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy #9 – WIP

This and the 10th (and final!) are crochet so I’m expecting to have both done very soon. So pleased with this project / challenge that I set for myself. Its official, I have more FO’s in three months than I did all year last year. The writing irons in the fire took time and precedence but I’m finding the balance between both these particular vices.

The best part of this project?

One now empty box of yarn means no guilt about adding that skein of Sundara for a shawl at the end of this month – Crochet Month.

The Beau’s Scarf

Love how this came out…

The Beau's Scarf Finished

I will be adding more to the fringe to fill it out, hand-tying a loveknot in several to mirror the rounded stitch clusters in the granny stripes. This and a black leather jacket will look great!

What I didn’t like so much was the Addi “Swing” hook that I started this project with. I bought one when they first came out and took it out of the package with great anticipation. It may be because my hands are small but I found the design of the hook unwieldy and it is heavy compared with the Clover and Aero hooks I’m more familiar with. It seemed I was flinging my elbows about to counterbalance the weight and couldn’t find the smooth, minimal motion rhythm that crochet should be. I persevered through all three bands to keep the tension consistent but switched to my favourite Clover 4.50mm for the remainder.

It was the colour that inspired me with the design for The Beau’s scarf and colour or texture are the things that most often motivate me to use them for a PSPRP pattern design. Here are two colour pallets that I am working with right now. One from a paint manufacturer – love this soothing combination and the other a colleague’s hoodie – these are my favourite jewel tones and she graciously allowed me to take a snap so that I’d have the reference!

Colour Inspiration

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It’s in the Bag: Adding Emerald to Your Wardrobe

It’s in the Bag: Adding Emerald to Your Wardrobe.

Stumbled across this great blog today. What else are Saturday’s for besides knitting and surfing?

I adore green. It’s a great colour. Soothing, earthy and my yarn stash reflects my devotion. The colour of my eyes has nothing to do with my bias!

I’m inspired by the gorgeous bags in this post and thinking that a lacy, fichu or light shawl would be a perfect way to jump on this colour trend.

I’ll have to do some stash diving later today but…

Perhaps after checking on just… One. More. Blog. 😉

Cheers all, Have a great weekend! Kei