Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Bristol Ivy reintroduces Color Commentary

We hope you are all having a fabulous holiday season!

Do you remember Color Commentary? It was a program we did a few years back giving us the opportunity to partner with prominent designers to create their own. Then they designed a pattern using that color and we sent it out into the world. It was a lot of fun for us. We had an opportunity to look at color through the eyes of someone else's talent. Pretty cool if you ask me! 

A while back Bristol Ivy was visiting our studio and we thought it the perfect opportunity to relaunch Color Commentary. We chatted a bit with Bristol about her vision for the perfect color. Here is what she had to say...

One color palette that has always fascinated me is patinas and rust.  I never love metals when they’re shiny and new; rather, I prefer them a few years (or decades) down the road, when they’ve lived a little bit and developed depth and complexity—sometimes in tones startlingly different than the metal itself.  My favorite of these is the patina that develops on copper.  Ranging from deep emerald to vivid jade to soft cedar, there is no iteration of it that I don’t love.  When Lorna’s Laces contacted me about creating a custom color, I knew immediately that I wanted to play with the possibilities of copper patina.  In Bristol’s Copper, the vivid jade takes center stage, and flashes of deep emerald and true copper peek through unexpectedly.  The colors all blend and meld harmoniously, and I couldn’t be happier with the results!
When it came to designing a pattern for Bristol’s Copper, I wanted a sweater that was truly me.  In addition, I wanted to choose a construction and stitch patterns that blended the colors of the yarn even further: brioche, slip stitch texture, right and left twists, and sideways knitting.  Finally, I wanted to take advantage of the drape of the yarn, while adding some structure to keep it polished.  Buckley was the result: a little preppy, a little vintage, a little modern, and all me.  I hope you love it, too!
We loved the idea, Bristol set color to dye and magic happened if I do say so myself. 
The pattern, dubbed Buckley, is available now and her color has started making its way to shops. The design is knit is Sportmate with a huge array of sizes from 37 1/4 - 65" using 5 - 8 skeins of Sportmate this sweater will be a great fit for most anyone. If you are in love and need help finding the pattern or the yarn just let us know and we will point you in the right direction.

P.S. Stayed tuned next year for more Color Commentary from some amazingly talented folks! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

KAL with Franklin Habit and Tin Can Knits!

Let's all close our eyes for a minute and fast forward past the holiday wonder and madness and imagine that we finished all of our projects with plenty of time left over to enjoy an extra glass of eggnog. Yeah, I know it's magical thinking, but this is my story and that's how I want it to go.

That post holiday lull is probably my favorite time of the year when it comes to projects. No pressure, just fun. It can be anything I want it to be. I have time to join in a KAL if I want and maybe have a little fun with my yarn peeps.

We were talking the other day about how we might want a KAL to look and decided that Franklin Habit would make a wonderful master of ceremonies. As luck would have it, he was available! Rumor on the street tells me that Ms. Dolores Van Hoofen will be joining in as well! Did I hear a squee?!

The next question was what do we want to work on? We all agreed that a blanket would be ideal. We liked the idea of working on something cozy. Plus, Tin Can Knits had just released their new book, Colour Madness and the Marley Blanket had struck all of us as SO DARN CUTE.

See, I told you!

It's pretty simple with lots of garter stitch and a tiny bit of lace to keep things interesting. Oh, and it shows off color like it's nobody's business.

The pattern is written for three weights of yarn. Our Cloudgate is perfect for the Bulky and Shepherd Worsted is great for the Aran.

We've created 5 special color packs for you to choose from They will be available in both yarns.






And last but not least Rosamund 

The blanket comes in four sizes. Here's how many packs you'll need for each size.

Cloudgate SM=1, MED=2 LG=3 XL=4

Shepherd Worsted SM/MED=1, LG=2 XL=3

We'll be running the KAL on the Lorna's Laces Ravelry page starting on January 1. There will be FB Live posts and other fun as we knit 

Tin Cat Knits, Mrs. Crosby and of course Lorna's Laces will be providing prizes along the way. 
Reach out to your LYS for your yarn. A few have even reached out to us for special color packs. 

This is gonna be fun! Whose in? 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


You'd think I could put fingers to keyboard a little more often than this, wouldn't you? It's kinda crazy how other things just seem to push their way to the forefront these days. Between Facebook and Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, I'm not sure lately if I'm coming or going. Add the fun and excitement of the recent TNNA in Washington D.C. and I've felt like the proverbial dog chasing its tail.  

We launched some really fun stuff at market. The biggest thing is a new dye technique that we're calling SplatterShot! There are ten colors in the new collection that we named for places we yearn for. Some of the yearning is for a city we always longed to visit, other times it is wanting to recapture a fabulous memory. Without further ado:

(Yes, purple. This is an unabashed Prince homage.)










We also thought they made a great dance party. 

SplatterShot! was one of those magical times where everyone on the crew here had a hand in creating. I think it is a testament to all of us. Bravo! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Color Inspiration

One of the things we like to do around here is create idea boards. We all collect magazines for a few months and then have a day where we go through them and glue things to poster board that seem to make sense together. Sometimes the theme in a board might be color. Or texture. Sometimes it's about a type of animal or clothing.

Then, when it comes time to start thinking about colors for a new season, these boards are one of the places we go for inspiration.

Recently, we laid out a bunch of the boards and started deconstructing them. That sounds crazy doesn't it? But since the boards aren't necessarily about color, we need to distill that out. Everybody grabbed a few pictures that spoke to them. We ended up with a collage that looked like this.

 Then we broke it down further.

And created a bunch of small tableaus.

 Some of the pictures are actually in focus.

Others, not so much.

But, they were all lovely springboards to get us thinking about colors and where we wanted to go with the season.