Inspiration Knits Blog Tour: Palette Pattern Collection

We are pleased to be a stop on the blog tour for Louise Zass-Bangham's new pattern collection, Palette, featuring the Painted shawlette and Fresco shawl.

Painted is a long, narrow triangle. It uses 400-440 yards of fingering weight yarn and is easily adaptable to use up the full amount you have on hand. 

Fresco is a deeper triangle worked in DK or worsted weight yarn and requires 500-550 yards - which is perfect for one skein of Yowza!

I know variegated yarns, while irresistible in the skein, can be a challenge to work with. I am always delighted when a talented designer comes up with a new and interesting way to highlight these yarns. Louise has found a great stitch pattern that really lets the individual pops of color stand out.

I thought I would talk a bit about how I get inspiration for some of my colorways - specifically Berlin and Gal Noir, which Louise chose for her pattern samples. My inspiration for the Berlin colorway was a photo I received from Martina Behm who was designing for the Knitting Tour. It was a night photo of Berlin that was a dark night filled with lots of neon and garish lights from signs and headlights. It had an excitement that one feels when you are in big cities at night!  I wanted the colorway to reflect that same feeling.

The way Gal Noir developed was a bit different. As many of you know, I have repeatable AND non-repeatable Babettes. But how does this happen? It's tied to the fact that I have two parts to my dyeing practice. The first is production dyeing, which generally includes monochromes, but also colorways that I dye in small batches which become the repeatable Babettes. The other part of my dyeing practice is what I think of as artistry - it is a time when I get to play with color in ways that I do not track what dyes I am using. This could be called my reward for the hours I spend standing at the dye table. Gal Noir was originally created in this playful way, but I was actually able to figure out what I had done, and so it moved into the repeatable Babette column.  

And the name - Gal Noir? It is a play on the Guy Noir character from the radio show A Prairie Home Companion. She is a sultry lady of the night!

Back to the playing with color and dye. The benefit of this play is that I am able to develop many small batches of yarns that are one of a kind, even within the batch. And the results can even be a surprise for me. Sometimes I do not see yarns I have dyed again until they are twisted, especially when we are pushing hard for a show! 

So, in honor of these new patterns, we're going to do a triple giveaway! Post a comment here and we will randomly select someone to receive a skein of Berlin in Yummy 2-Ply and one who will receive a skein of Gal Noir in Yowza.

We'll also give away a download code for Louise's Palette pattern collection. Be sure to post a comment here on the blog by Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at midnight PST and we'll let the winners know on Wednesday!

Edited to add: I've just emailed the winners--congratulations, Susan, Suzanne G, and SJ! And thanks to everyone for your lovely comments.

The next stop in the Inspiration Knits Blog Tour is Yarn & Pointy Sticks, who will be posting on Tuesday. Check out all the rest of the stops on the Tour, which we've linked below, and be sure to check out the KAL in the Inspiration Knits Ravelry group, which starts Wednesday.

Tuesday 24 March: Inspiration Knits

Wednesday 25 March: Yarn in the City

Thursday 26 March: Knitted Bliss

Friday 27 March: Knit with Attitude

Monday 30 March: Miss Babs

Tuesday 31 March: Yarn & Pointy Sticks

Wednesday 1 April: SweetGeorgia Yarns

Thursday 2 April: The Golden Skein

Friday 3 April: Fyberspates

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Sandy from NJ

Sandy from NJ

Working on a tunic sweater designed by my knitting instructor – Ina Baum. It is in Katadin, the Scarecrow color way. Love the way the colors are unfolding! More of an Miss Babs addiction is a dood thing! I am earning my MBA – Miss Babs Addiction – skein by skein.

Suzi

Suzi

Beautiful patterns and beautiful yarns.

leigh

leigh

What a great pattern to show off the wonderful colors in this hand dyed yarn by Miss Babs!!!!

Lee

Lee

What a wonderful giveaway! Can’t resist the combination of Inspiration Knits and Miss Babs!

KateA

KateA

I love Louise’s patterns – they take a simple concept and transform it into something extraordinary. Being in the UK I’ve only managed to get my hands on one skein of Miss Babs but loved it straight away!

Steff

Steff

beautiful skeins & patterns

Melissa C.

Melissa C.

I’ve made a commitment to use up at least most of my current stash before I buy anymore yarn. And wouldn’t you know I got a box of acrylic nonsense to get rid of! But as soon as I do, I’m hitting your online store. The colors of your yarns are just beautiful, I occasionally browse just for fun. Your sense of color combination is amazing, I’ve never seen anything like it! Good work!

Vero

Vero

Oooh all new dyers to me – thanks for the great suggestion on breaking those mad variegated skeins :D

susan

susan

Wow, what gorgeous yarns and a very informative blog thanks

Mimi

Mimi

Love all your colorways! mimifan on rav

Jeanne

Jeanne

Lovely yarn, wonderful colors. Fascinating discussion of how you produce these pieces of fiber art.

Manna

Manna

You’re right about the “irresistible in a skein” part… though I find variegated yarns (especially Miss Babs’!) irresistible once they’re on the needles, too. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous patterns!

Diane

Diane

Oh, Miss Babs, you have such a way with color! These two new colors are wonderful, and the new pattern really showcases them. Can’t wait to get started, so please pick me!!!

Mary Lynn

Mary Lynn

My favorite is Berlin. I only knit with Miss Babs.

Mary Lynn

Mary Lynn

My favorite is Berlin. I only knit with Miss Babs.

Joan

Joan

Love love love miss babs yarn???? and Louise sass banghams patterns show them off famously!

Krissy

Krissy

Loves these patterns and color ways….

Karyn

Karyn

I made “Knit Your Love” in Floyd. It is gorgeous! I would love to try another perfect combination of pattern and yarn. The “Fresco” in Gal Noir would be lovely!

Kathleen

Kathleen

These colors are so beautiful!! I am immediately in a good mood just looking at them. Thank you so much!

Kathleen

Kathleen

These colors are so beautiful!! I am immediately in a good mood just looking at them. Thank you so much!

Kathy

Kathy

Such beautiful colors you come up with! I am so excited to be going to Stitches South and looking for your booth. Will probably feel like I’ve died and gone to “color” heaven. Thanks for making it possible for some lucky person to win your yarn!

Kathy Cayton

Kathy Cayton

Your colors have always intrigued me and they only get better as time goes on. I am so ecstatic to be going to Stitches South and being able to see a lot of your yarn in person. Makes me wish I could just make a bed of the yarns and cuddle with it. Thank you for doing this give-away!

Karen (Froggy7)

Karen (Froggy7)

I love all of Miss Babs yarns! You can’t stop at one-you need them all. ??

Barbara

Barbara

So interesting to get taste of how the yarn colors a brought to light and why of the " Babette’s". Love them and they new color ways always amaze me.

Genesee

Genesee

LOVE…. profoundly, deeply and unabashedly….Babs hand-dyed yarns! It’s a whole lot like Blues Dancing…YOWZA!!

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