There's been a lot of things happening here at the studio and we have a ton of things to tell you about this week. Let's start off with our ...
New seasonal colourways!
We've been thinking a lot over the past 6 months about releasing seasonal colourways which, to be honest, is easier said than done. So while much of the knitting world is currently on the brink of winter and is craving winter colours, we here in the southern hemisphere are heading in to summer and looking forward to brighter summery hues. Being an international business, it's difficult to decide what season we should be catering for. So, after a bit of brainstorming we decided that the best thing to do was to offer two seasonal colour palettes and hence our summer/winter colour palette was born.
To help us come up with our seasonal colour palette, we used Pinterest mood boards for colour inspiration (if you are interested, click on the pics below to have a look).
New summer colourways from L-R: Pina Colada, Sunshine, Mambo, Apple Tea, Japanese Slipper, Porto Kayo, Bluebottle, Wisp, Blueberry, Boysenberry, Sangria, Pretty In Pink and Sleep In.
New winter colourways from L-R: Ma Chérie, Cinnamon Latte, Kimono, Mildura, Peri Peri, Velvet, Blush, Stone Wash, Napoli and Eucalyptus.
Using these image boards we were able to get a good feel of the colours we were after. We then developed brand-new, semi-solid colourways (pictured above) and grouped them together with a few of our established ones to form a comprehensive summer/winter palette. We love the new colours, and we hope you do too! You can check out our new Summer/Winter Colour Palette out here!
To celebrate our new range of colourways we thought it would be fun to open up custom orders! We have three of our favorite bases - Voyage DK, Winter Worsted and Merino Cashmere Fingering - on offer. We have a huge list of colourways that you can choose from, including all of our brand-new ones. We will be dyeing these up as the orders arrive and are hoping to ship all orders within a week of receipt (except over Christmas and New Year). Please remember when ordering to tell us in the order notes which colourway/s you would like. Custom orders will be available to buy until sold out. Pictured above is a swatch knit out of Voyage DK in the colourway Sleep In.
Surprise Party Shawl Kits
With the release of our new colourways we were eager to put together shawl kits that incorporated our new colours. When the Surprise Party Shawl by Helen Stewart was released, we couldn't believe our luck! It was exactly what we were looking for. We cast one on straight away using Kit #1, such an enjoyable project!
The Surprise Party shawl kit comes with all the yarn you need to make the shawl. There are two skeins of Top Draw Sock for the main colour, and five Mini Skeins in contrasting colourways (all of which are new colours!). There are five kits to choose from:
Kit #1 (used for our sample)
Mini Grab Bags
Also available this week are Mini Grab Bags. These are made up of five Mini Skeins in contrasting colours. Each grab bag has been carefully curated, so that each of the colourways look wonderful together. You could add two of your own skeins to them and knit up the Surprise Party shawl. If you need ideas on what to do with your mini skeins, we have put together a board of project ideas over on Pinterest.
Along with new colourways we have a brand new yarn! Cloud 9 is a very soft 100% superwash merino. The unique construction of a single ply wrapped with a thin 2ply strand gives the finished piece an interesting texture. Cloud 9 is super chunky, meaning projects are knitted up in no time. Great for warm winter knits, each skein is a generous 150g. We used one skein to knit up Jane Richmond's free Marian cowl; the colourway we chose was Boom Shankar. We have ten colourways to choose from this week - hope you enjoy!
One other thing, there won't be any new updates from now until the new year. We will however be adding a few things here and there up until Christmas, but when we do we will let everyone know via social media.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday season! We wish you and your family all the best for 2018 and will see you again in the new year! We have so many wonderful things planned for 2018, and can't wait to get started!
The Skein Team