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Thursday, April 22, 2010

True Colors

I see your true colors
shining through
I see your true colors
and that's why I love you
so don't be afraid to let them show
your true colors
true colors are beautiful
like a rainbow

-Billy Steinberg

My world these days is full of color.

The daffodils have faded, but the lilacs are in bloom and the crabapple is snowing pink blossoms. The woods out back have entered the greening season and the sky is this incredible clear blue - like you could drink it down.

Much as I love Lord of the Rings, there is a certain challenge inherent in putting together this series of patterns:

Color...or the lack thereof.

Many of the plot components are dark in nature: mines, mountains, armor, castle walls...

There is a whole lot of brown, black, green, silver, grey, & white. It can, at first glance, appear to be a monochromatic palette.

So I have done a lot of work hunting down projects & yarns; shapes & patterns that are anything but. I look for ombres & tweeds, handpaints & beads, shades as well as solids.

Another of the "add on" patterns is almost ready for release. I have finished my sample, and am waiting for the final test knitter to complete her work.


This is Goldberry: a 64 by 16 inch lace scarf with a water lily motif.

The yarn is Twisted Fiber Arts Kabam in Lagoon Evolution - 560 yds (double skein) Meg custom dyes it in one continuous color run from silvery sage to brilliant turquoise. It's a fingering weight bamboo blend, so light enough for all season wear.


Although Goldberry's origins are uncertain, Bombadil clearly identifies her as having been found by him in the river and her title "Riverwoman's daughter", strongly suggests that she is not a mortal human being, but rather a spirit of the river. She is most often pictured sitting amongst the waterlilies and wearing a silvery green gown.

The pattern should go on sale sometime next week. Once again, as with Rivendell, price is $6 with a subscriber discount making the price $4 for those of you who have purchased the entire series.

Dwarrowdelf is coming along also. She should be out to test knitters next week, with a release date in early May.


I have completed enough repeats to give a yardage estimate: 1200 yds. (3 skeins) fingering weight. I am doing mine in Madelinetosh sock in Thicket.


After that, the next release will be either the Bombadil hat or the Strider cowl.

Meanwhile, the Evenstar KAL is drawing to a close. Clue 6 goes out tomorrow and then it is onward to the border and...

BEADS!

ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION DISCOUNT FOR THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS COLLECTION END SOON

$45
FOR SEVEN PATTERNS THROUGH THE END OF APRIL


AFTER THAT, PATTERNS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUAL PURCHASE AS THEY ARE RELEASED AT $6 -$8 EACH

6 comments:

dragon knitter said...

i know i've got $8 left of my birthday gift, but i LOVE goldberry. can i have that?

Pia said...

Ooooh, I'm going to have to get that yarn for Goldberry *drool* For her silvergreen dress, the forget-me-nots in her belt and the fish scales of her slippers....

Laurie said...

Here we go again...what to make next? And I already have 12 projects on the needles right now and am deeply mired in Clue 4 of Evenstar (lovely to look at, deadly boring to knit - LOL!). Every picture is more lovely than the last, and I certainly see no lack of color (especially in that gorgeous yarn for Goldberry). Wowza...

Natalie said...

I'm kind of confused. I know that Goldberry (gorgeous) is an add-on pattern but what is the first pattern included in the FOTR series and when will it be coming out? I thought it was going to be Argonaut - is that right?

La Cabeza Grande said...

Goldberry is a delight - especially in the fade dye yarn.

Laughingrat said...

Goldberry is great. I normally use my own yarns (or some other choice) for patterns, but the graded yarn you picked is really tempting!