Friday, June 10, 2011

Tour of Chicago Part 1

It's time to start showing off our new colors. This season we decided to use iconic Chicago landmarks as names. In the past, we've used streets and neighborhoods, but Caitlin came up the the landmark idea and we ran with it.

We have nine new colors for you. That seems like a lot to show in one shot, so I'm going to break it up over the course of a few posts.

First up is Buckingham Fountain. The fountain was a gift to the city from a woman named Kate Buckingham in honor of her brother Clarence. It was dedicated in 1927.

Glenna C created the Highness sock in Buckingham Fountain. The soft colors work so nicely with the pattern. Pretty, yes?

It's knit in our new Solemate sock yarn. Solemate is a blend of 55% superwash merino, 15% nylon and 30% Outlast, a fiber that interacts with your body's microclimate to moderate temperature from being too hot or too cold.

Our next inspiration is Lincoln Park Zoo. It was founded in 1868, which makes it one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. I live just a few blocks away and I love having a free zoo so close.

The colorway doesn't really have a ton to do with a zoo, but according to Pantone, this Honeysuckle color is the color of the year. We had to jump on the bandwagon.

When we saw what Jeannie Cartmel did with it, we figured all was good.

Here is Not Connected.

And Technical.

Last up for today is The Skyway. While the Skyway is technically a 7.8 mile portion of the toll road that stretches from Illinois to Indiana, I think most of us think of it as the 1/2 mile steel truss bridge that spans the Calumet River.

Amy Swenson from Indigirl designed the Asking for Roses Shawl in Shepherd Sport.

It took just two skeins.


Shel said...

Love it!!! Chicago is my favorite city in the world. My son was born in "the Jungle" - Howard Street on the far north side - at the end of the Howard St. elevated line. After 11 years in my city we had to move back to New York State but still drive back to visit the Lincoln Park Zoo (where I took my son almost every weekend when he was little)- and we drive in over the Skyway and stay downtown where we hang out by the Buckingham Fountain. Needless to say, I had a great time reading the post and am sitting here missing my city something fierce. Is the No Exit Coffeehouse still in Roger's Park? Good name for a yarn - don't you think? I miss it all so much.

Anonymous said...

Did I read correctly - do you have a yarn colorway Honeysuckle coming out? I have been waiting for someone to dye a yarn in that Pantone shade of salmony pink ever since we looked at it at work early this year. It is SO pretty!!

Shevisyrfriend said...

Hi there! Do you happen to know when the Highness Socks pattern will be available? It looks like it is not posted on Ravelry yet...thanks!