Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Color Theory: The Reds & Oranges of Autumn

Once again Fall has arrived in style! Crisp reds and showy oranges dress the trees for their final fanfare. And hand knitters everywhere celebrate these dramatic color changes by picking up their needles and hooks. They dream of cozy, warm accessories just right for gifting to their loved ones and of sweaters and afghans that will give them hours of pleasure when winter turns everything white. Wherever your Fall Fiber Arts dreams take you, be inspired by these dazzling flashes of color.

Glorious reds abound! Play with shapes and sizes and stitch patterns and textures in these soft, luscious yarns hand painted in an endless parade of red.

Anzula Luxury Fiber's Wash My Lace comes in a generous 990 yard skein of 100% Superwash Merino Wool! The sophisticated reds Candied Apple and Paprika and rich Terra Cotta orange are hand dyed. Imagine the beautiful lace projects you'll create with them, and the ends you won't have to weave in!

Candied Apple


Terra Cotta

Malabrigo's Lace Baby Merino, 100% baby merino wool put up in 470 yard hanks, in Bergamota and Sealing Wax red will inspire!


Sealing Wax

Crazy 4 Dyeing's BellaSock is crafted of a soft and bouncy 100% superwash merino wool! It's excellent stitch definition, easy care and generous 480 yard hank will make your sock knitting a dream. And Crazy 4 Dyeing utilizes a special dye technique named "Pseudo Solid" to create her unique, vivid red - Best. Each hank has subtle color variations that play off one another and look especially lovely knit up in lace or in patterns that have lots of texture.

Fingering weight Shepherd Sock by Lorna's Laces is now available in new larger skeins, all you need is one to knit or crochet a pair of socks! This wonderful yarn is plied and crafted of 75% wool and 25% nylon. It can be machine washed and dried flat. Shepherd Sock is not just for making socks, try it for lightweight shawls, tops & sweaters.

Hand painted Ysolda Red will cure your craving for a true red hue while variegated Robot Overlord combines reds and oranges! While Fiddlehead dances with greens, icy blues and a delicious peach.

Ysolda Red

Robot Overlord


Madelinetosh's soft single-ply fingering yarn Tosh Merino Light is crafted of 100% superwash merino wool. Each skein is put up with a generous 440 yards/402 meters. One skein is enough for a pair of socks and two skeins for a full sized lace project, you'll love Madelinetosh's breathe taking reddish coloway Tart, plus its machine washable!


Fiery Autumn Glow, formally Blood Thirsty is the quintessential Autumn color! This special hand dyed colorway is exclusive at in Fate Fingering by the Serendipitous Ewe. One skein of this amazingly soft yarn is all you need to make a pair of socks! You won't want to stop with socks, this 2-ply, 100% superwash merino wool yarn knits up with excellent stitch definition and beautiful drape, perfect for creating stoles, shawls, scarves, cowls, hats & mittens for all your family members. Generously put up in 4 ounce/115 gram, 400 yard skeins making your knit and crochet possibilities endless.

Zoe Sock by Shalimar Yarns is a luxurious yarn crafted of 22 micron 100% Superwash Australian Merino. Zoe has a delightful hand, fantastic springiness and an amazing loft. Its one of the softest merino sock yarns available and you'll love creating with and wearing the red Tamarillo colorway!

Lorna’s Laces' Honor is a silky smooth DK weight yarn crafted of cozy soft 70% baby alpaca and 30% silk. Its the perfect yarn for knitting and crocheting accessories and more, you'll love the feel of Honor next to your skin. And the touch of silk gives it just the right amount of sheen, its also available in Ysolda Red and Robot Overlord.

Another favorite DK weight yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh DK, formally Tosh Worsted, its a superbly soft DK to light worsted weight yarn that is hand dyed in Madelinetosh's exceptionally beautiful reds Tart and Scarlet and the gentle orange Afternoon. Crafted of a luxurious 100% superwash merino wool each generous skein is put up with 225 yards. Use Tosh DK for your next garment or accessory project for adults or children its soft enough to wear next to your skin and easy to care for.



And wrap yourself in the luxury of Malabrigo Yarn's Silky Merino, a DK weight yarn crafted of a shimmery 50% silk and 50% baby merino wool and hand dyed in the beautiful subtly variegated red shades Ravelry Red, Redwood Bark and Amoroso. This DK weight yarn is just right for spring and summer pullovers, shells, tops, shawls and scarves!

Madelinetosh's Pashmina is a 3 ply, sport weight yarn crafted of 75% superwash merino wool, 15% silk and 10% cashmere, a similar fiber blend to the infamous woven pashmina scarves. Each skein is put up with a generous 360 yards/329 meters and the fabric you create with it will have an exquisite texture and drape and the hand painted colorways Coral, Mulled Wine and Tart are just right for Fall.


Mulled Wine

With a sensuous texture and high-quality, Lorna's Laces worsted weight, 50% silk & 50% wool blend yarn Lion & Lamb gives you spectacular results every time. You'll definitely get the urge to create as soon as you touch this soft blend. Lion & Lamb is the perfect choice for all your worsted weight knit & crochet projects and the rich reddish Brick color is stunning.


Crafted of 85% wool and 15% mohair Lorna's Bullfrogs & Butterflies is also a worsted weight and when you need a soft, single ply yarn nothing else will do. You'll get spectacular results every time and it felts beautifully. Handpainted in Lorna's Poppy you'll adore this fiery shade of red.


Malabrigo Merino Worsted is an incredibly soft hand spun, hand dyed 100% Merino Wool yarn. It has the beautiful subtle variations in color and texture that only a hand dyed, hand spun yarn can have and you'll adore red shades American Beauty, Vermillion, Ravelry Red, Amoroso and Sealing Wax and the orange Tiger Lily and Rhodesian!

When you need to knit something in a hurry chunky Eco+ by Cascade Yarns in your answer. Crafted of 100% Natural Peruvian Wool that has not been chemically processed, each generous skein is 478 yards, making it an excellent value and the rich Valentine Red will knit up into a lovely hat, scarf and mitten set.

Orange is the statement color of Fall. Its warm and happy and with so many shades to choose from its oh so flattering.

The Alpaca Yarn Company's Suri Elegance is a lustrous, elegant 100% suri alpaca lace weight yarn and the soft semi solid Georgia Peach colorway is flattering to many skin tones. Each generous hank is 100 grams with approximately 875 yards, enough to knit or crochet a very special shawl or wrap. But Suri Elegance is also a great choice for scarves, hats, pullovers and even tops and camisoles.

Georgia Peach

Pure Silk Lace by Madelinetosh, is a 100% Tussah Silk brilliantly dyed in Madelinetohs's luscious glazed solid colorway Grapefruit. With a generous 1000 yards per skein one skein can complete a large lace project with ease. Each super smooth skein is hand dyed in small lots and hand washable.


Orange blends playfully with purples and a touch of sage to create the exclusive Dahlia colorway by Shibui Knits. Find it only in their Sock yarn, which is spun from superfine 19.5 micron Merino Superwash wool, its hard wearing, machine washable and ultra soft. Sock can be used for socks, colorwork, baby garments or any other fine gauge project you desire.


You'll love knitting a pair of socks or dreamy shawl in the creamy Fruit Smoothie colorway in Alpaca with a Twist's Socrates. This fingering weight yarn is crafted of 30% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool2 20% Bamboo and 20% Nylon. Fruit Smoothie is a hand dyed blend of peaches and pinks with a soft purple shade, put up in a generous 3.50 oz/400 yard skein, making it ideal to knit a pair of socks or spoil yourself or someone you love with a scarf, shawl or a very special shrug or cardigan, you'll love the way this yarn feels against your skin.

Fruit Smoothie

The Schaefer Yarn Company's fingering weight yarn Nichole handpainted in Saffron is stunning! This smooth, plied sock yarn is crafted of 80% extrafine merino wool superwash for softness and 20% nylon for added durability. Each hank is a generous 405 yards, enough for a pair of women's socks.

Saffron (shown in Schaefer Elaine)

Boise by Karabella Yarns is a soft and supple blend of 50% cashmere and 50% superfine merino wool. You'll enjoy working with this lovely DK weight yarn with its slightly fuzzy texture that looks more rolled than plied. Super soft Boise in the classic dark orange shade Cinnamon is the perfect choice for scarves, hats and shawls, let your imagination run wild!

And if you're searching for a yarn that creates long gradual stripes while you knit Kauni Effektgarn 8/2 is an amazing self striping yarn! The variegated EX, EQ, EV and EP all include shades of orange and are painted in long, vibrant color repeats which give your finished garments and accessories beautiful, long stripes of color. Crafted of 100% wool this sport weight yarn can be knit and felted with equally stunning results. Perfect for shawls, cardigans and pullovers, handbags and more.

For a very special worsted weight nothing compares to Lana Wools’ Streakers. Streakers is a break-thru, unique Custom Millspun 100% worsted wool yarn with random streaks of natural plant dyed color and Lady Madderly mixes a creamy natural shade of white with an equally creamy shade of orange. One hank is enough for a hat and 2 hanks creates a beautiful scarf.

Lady Madderly

And Malabrigo Yarn's Aran weight Twist yarn is fabulously soft and crafted of 100% baby merino wool. Its an 8 ply, subtly thick and thin yarn, that is very versatile. Knit it at a tighter gauge and the rustic thick and thin quality of the yarn is emphasized, while knitting it at a looser gauge produces a smoother more even look, making your knit and crochet possibilities endless! Explore the variegated orange shades Tender and Liquid Amber.


Thank you for reading my Color Theory. All of these yarns and color are in stock and may be ordered online or call 877/519-1693 or email any time!

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