10.20.2014

raw palette

rawpalette


I thought I would drop in to share our inspiration for our Raw Palette that we created and tell you a little bit about how it all works and blends together. When we were just beginning to build our brand and discuss what we wanted our company to represent, Little Brother and I both wholeheartedly agreed that the neutrals are the most basic building blocks to any collection of colors. Not only are muted and refined grays, navies and browns our favorite to wear, but they really are a beautiful aesthetic that we believed we could create and bring to the knitting world.

We knew that we wanted 12 colors in each palette and 4 palettes to complete our collection of 48 sophisticated hues that we will ultimately have. We chose to break up our four palettes into groups of colors and individually name them to reflect the feeling of each grouping while still staying true to the food theme we wanted to carry throughout our brand. Here is what we came up with: Raw Palette, the stunning neutrals that we love, Fresh Palette, the earthy blues and greens that are our second favorites, Juicy Palette, the golden sunlit yellows and oranges that mom adores, and Roots Palette, the ravishing reds, purples and pinks that every collection needs. We have plans to release each palette of 12 colors a couple of months apart while we develop and build our company. If everything goes right, we will be debuting our Fresh Palette at Knit Fit in Ballard, WA, November 8th and 9th, and then we will be working hard to bring it online to those of you who are not close enough to meet our yarns in person.

Knowing we had 12 opportunities to play around with the neutral side of things we began by splitting up the dozen into 3 categories: charcoal, navy and brown. Then we broke each category even further into 4 shade levels, starting with the darkest and going down to the lightest in each of the color themes. I specifically wanted each color to be different from its neighbor in the bunch. I didn't just want to dye the same color in 4 different tones; however, I wanted all the colors, especially the ones within each theme, to really play and blend well together. You can see what I mean in the pictures above. Starting at the top and working left to right here are the colors:

Charcoals - Cracked Pepper, Wild Rice, Poppy Seed & Sea Salt
Navies - Caviar, Black Mission Fig, Saba & Oyster
Browns - Portabella, Cacao, Shiitake & Hazelnut

Ever since I was little girl, I've loved rainbows! Now, that I'm older and lean more toward toned down color selections, I still tend to happily organize things by rainbow-esque order. It could also be the organizational controller in me, I like my ducks in a row! This love of blending and coordinating colors makes me really gravitate towards ombre and gradient color themes and projects. It all goes hand in hand and is another reason I wanted our palettes to be organized as such. I think our 3 groupings would make spectacular options for some of these patterns I've been drooling over lately... Auri in Big Sister or a lighter weight version in Little Brother, Aranami Shawl which I'm planning to knit up very soon (hopefully for a sample for Knit Fit) using Little Brother, Drawing Nigh is so sweet and would look beautiful out of Little Brother, and I have big plans to make a Welty in a gradient of neutrals (also for Knit Fit, if I can somehow add a couple extra hours to each of my days!).

Even though I find enjoyment out of the way each grouping goes so well together, I really think that all of our colors harmonize together perfectly and any combination would be splendid. I hope that you enjoy reading about our ventures and let me know if there is anything that you are curious about. I love sharing and letting our followers in behind the scenes whenever we can. Happy knitting!

-Ve

P.S. Don't forgot to join in on the First Ever YOTH KAL with us! Lots of great prizes and fun to be had.

3 comments:

UmmRania said...

I absolutely love it! The first two are my favorites as I am not a big fan of browns. So gorgeous!!!!

Sally HP said...

I love the raw palette, I was so happy with all of my choices. But I'm SO excited to see the Reds and yellows!!!

Jen Lysen said...

This is great, I love reading about your progress. I have the same dream for myself some day. As a new mom, it isn't the right time in my life but I love seeing someone else doing it and knowing it is possible.