11.04.2013

Inspiration Journey




In looking for botanical inspiration for my new book, I stumbled across this beautiful photo online by photographer, Steve Stenzel.

I love this photo for so many reasons but I especially am impressed by how it represents the life cycle of this particular plant. From the new growth of spring all the way to the end of autumn.

I am so drawn to this natural color palette.




So much so in fact.. that I showed this picture to the ladies of Spincycle Yarns and they used it in creating a special new colorway just for me. 

And they did such a phenomenal job!


 This beautiful yarn perfectly captures the colors of changing leaves. 
The way that the colors subtly change from one to the next perfectly expresses this idea of the natural life cycle of spring to autumn. I am not usually one to go for multi-colored yarn.. but this one I love.


With this yarn I created my "Life Cycle" scarf design. This is an accent scarf consisting of a string of big leaves.. one growing out of the next. 


It works so perfectly with this yarn and I am so happy with it.

This scarf pattern will be included in my upcoming book, Botanical Knits 2.

The scarf pattern will call for 2 skeins of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool yarn. 
This special colorway is called "End of Summer" and is available HERE.



19 comments:

Emily S said...

Gorgeous!!

Ирина Засимович said...

The colors are gorgeous!

9peasMom said...

Lovely,lovely, lovely!

Catherine Anne said...

that looks amazing!!!

Catherine Anne said...

gorgeous yarn! scarf looks brilliant too

Audry said...

I've really been enjoying all your behind the scenes looks at your new book. This yarn is a show stopper. I'm glad it will be part of your book.

Kelly Ramstack said...

UGH - that yarn is amazing!

torirot said...

That looks absolutely super yummy! Love it! And the leaves - fantastic!

Kristen said...

Beautiful photo, both!

AudreysTeaShop said...

Wow! That yarn is phenomenal- I loved the picture, love the yarn even more and then the way that you've designed the scarf to use it so well :-)

Erika said...

I love that kind of conceptual knitting pattern! What a great project, in all respects.

kathy h said...

after reading this, I immediately ordered the yarn and it came in the mail yesterday. This is beautiful and I can't wait for the pattern. Great match of yarn to your pattern. Kathy

allyklayr said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!

Nora N. Garza said...

I love your designs and appreciation for nature. I love browsing through your Botanicals knitting book. It inspired me to travel from sunny South Texas to Maine last week to enjoy the fall colors and crisp weather. My knitting buddies in Texas were so thrilled for me, we are planning a joint road trip for next fall. Keep on inspiring us with your designs and love of nature. NoraGee at norangarza@gmail.com

Maryse said...

I don't know why, I can't seem to find the link to listen to your podcasts. Is it working for you? I don't think I changed anything on my computer... Thanks!

Ammie Cannon said...

Beautiful yarn, beautiful photo, and beautiful finished object!

KatieB said...

I was a middle school science teacher for a number of years. I loved having the kids collect leaves, sticks, dirt, etc. and then after studying a related concept (photosynthesis, for example) maybe write haiku inspired by the things we collected.

This photo really speaks to me. I am so excited by the way natural elements inspire your designs and color choices.

Art Filc said...

It is really beautifull!

Shannon Yeaton said...

Beautiful colorway and yarns! That yarn could inspire me to do just about anything.