Colour Inspiration

On my annual visit to the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, I came across this beautiful orchid with gorgeous colours.

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This is my new colour obsession for the year.

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Beautiful, aren’t they?

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So … what shall we make using these colours?  A scarf?  Cowl?  Shawl?

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VKL: Qiviut Yarn

I was a little dazed, walking around and seeing all these yarn in beautiful, gorgeous colours.  All those luxury yarn names that I only read about, and I could actually see and feel what it’s like.  And dream of making something with them one day.

Like this current name that I’m only now hearing about … Qivuit.

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It’s supposedly softer, lighter, and warmer than any of the yarns out now, better than cashmere.  It’s from the undercoat or down of the Arctic muskox, and the most sought of fibers around the world because of its rarity, softness and warmth.  hmmm … I suppose if it keeps the Arctic muskox warm out there in almost year-round snow and cold, it should keep us humans warm as well.

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Since it’s so rare, a 28 gram ball of this retails in the range of $90 a ball.  Yep, $90.  So I guess I should have picked up one ball at this discounted price?  Well, it is a blend of fibers, but I still couldn’t bring myself to pay that much for a small ball of yarn.  And with the frigid weather we’ve had all week, that would have been the test to see if it really does keep you warm!  shucks … missed that chance.

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Maybe next year … for now I’ll just play with it some more.

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VKL: Sit and Knit for a While

I saw a lady knitting during the fashion show, and was sort of taken aback. She’s knitting, instead of watching the fashion show?

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Then I remembered … you can sit down and knit here, in public, and nobody would give it a second thought as to why you’re knitting. The only question would be: What are you making?

Hmmm … come to think of it … I didn’t see anybody crocheting. Must change that next year, don’t you think? 

VKL: What You Can Make With String and Needles

Here’s all the other fashions that caught my eye.  As I had said before, my fingers have not been itching yet to make any type of clothing such as these.  Perhaps some time in the future when I know I’ll have uninterrupted time to sit and learn how to make a sweater.

VKL: The Linen Stitch

I’ve been wanting to make something in the Linen Stitch pattern, and I actually started one last year. But since it didn’t look like anything what the pictures showed it should look like, I frogged it.
As I walked around, I kept seeing these scarves everywhere. And noticed that they were the Linen Stitch.

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Must be the pattern of the year.  I like the colour patterns that come out, when using a variegated yarn.  Somehow, it all comes together.

Definitely on my to-make list for this year.  Hope it’ll look as good as these ones do.

VKL: The Fashion Shows

I’m so behind on these posts about the Vogue Knitting Live event.  Our internet is out at home, so I’ve been trying to post from the office during my lunch hour, but you know how that goes … Anyway, here’s more of the Vogue Knitting Live adventure.

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There were three fashion shows that day, but I only saw the first show in its entirety. That’s because I was looking for a place to sit down so that I could fix and sort my bags, and it happened to be the seats for the Knit Swirl Fashion show, so I just stayed there.  These were beautiful pieces, knit from the inside out, and with the variegated yarn brings out the colours.

Then I started walking around, and missed out on the second fashion show – Noro Knits – because I was on the wrong floor.  I didn’t get any good photos from that – I was at the back, and couldn’t get any good shots.

For the third one, the Vogue Knitting Fashion Show, I was on the wrong floor again, and got there halfway through the show.  At least I managed to get a good spot on the floor, and got some good shots in.


My fingers still do not itch to try to knit or crochet a sweater or dress.  Perhaps in time, there might be a sweater, cardigan or dress out there that will inspire me to actually make one. But in the meantime, I’m content to just sit on the sidelines and admire these.

VKL: Loopy Mango

As I walked around the corner, I spied this humongous chunky blanket from afar. Was it knitted? In such big, fat, round yarn? Yes. The yarn was really that big. And the knitting needles were really that huge.

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Is there a crochet hook as big as this? Of course, they tell me. Digging from under the table, a crochet hook was presented to me.

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I was sold. The only decision now was what type or colour of yarn to get, to try this out.

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I walked around with the crochet hook while I decided on the yarn. I couldn’t get these full skeins; it was a bit too high-priced for me. These are ones I’m going to have to save up for, and buy one at a time.

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I finally decided on a sample ball – 45 yards. I could make one long skinny scarf with that. I would just need to crochet really loosely, so that the yardage would stretch to a good length.

When I got home, I couldn’t wait to try out the giant crochet hook and yarn.  Starting with three double crochets across, I used up the yarn in less than a half hour.

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20130123-161726.jpgI thought the scarf length a bit short, so I frogged it and started again, this time with two double crochets across.  The longer length was much better; you could loop it around your neck twice.  Justin promptly picked it up and wrapped it around his neck.  They joked that it was one big chain (which it was, essentially) and that one would probably choke with the scarf wrapped around the neck.  Silly boys.

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I was already thinking that these would make for really quick and easy Christmas gifts, when I’m running out of time.  All you need is 20-30 minutes to make one of these.  And if you don’t have a crochet hook or knitting needle this size, no worries.  You can finger-chain easily enough.

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Now all I need to do is start saving so I can buy enough for two or three more of these during the year.  *sigh*  So much for my yarn budget this year … It seems like I already used up all the budget and we’re only in January!