Interweave Knits just came out with a new ebook, and my Chivalry Mitts are on the cover! The ebook is a collection of 5 color-work patterns that would all make great gifts. It also includes an interesting article about color theory, where Beverly Roberts explains the concept of color blending, a technique that uses two different colors of yarn held together for interesting visual effects.
I love the patterns they selected, but found the article particularly inspiring. I come from a painting background (check out my paintings), and now work as a printed textile designer, so I think a lot about color. I haven’t tried the technique of blending two colors of yarn, but I’m eying my stash right now getting ideas!
In fact, my Chivalry Mitts design was inspired by the colors of yarn I had in my stash. One time, I went a little nuts and ordered like 10 different colors of Knit Picks Palette yarn. I was trying to choose yarn for my Broccus Gloves design, and just kept hitting the “add to cart” button. When the order came, I lined up all the balls on my coffee table to see what two colors would work best. I remember how bright and cheerful that Caribbean Blue looked next the Raspberry Heather. Though it wasn’t right for the design I was working on, I just knew I had to do something with that combo.
I was delighted to see that Interweave Knits chose my design for the cover of this ebook! This design was one of my first to be published. I submitted it in response to a call for entries for Knitscene Magazine. I remember being so nervous that my package wouldn’t make it to Colorado by the due date. The design is customizable and includes an alphabet for you to fill-in what ever initials or symbols you want on the thumb gussets. I was afraid that the magazine wouldn’t go for that kind of thing, but it was worth a try! I was over the moon when I found out it had been accepted to Interweave Knits Gifts Magazine!