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You've probably heard the podcast of the spring yarn preview, so I thought I would give a little more background into the Stroll and Shadow Tonals. When Tina asked me to design the colorways of these yarns, I thought it was a great idea. Because the Tonals are hand painted, we have exact control over just how variegated the yarn is--something that we could never quite achieve with the old kettle dyed yarn. My goal was to take what we loved about the kettle dyed colors and make them even better--adding more variation of shade and hue, and coming up with completely new colorways as well. The name "tonal" is one I brought in from my fabric background. In the quilting world, a tonal fabric is one that has a similar color printed on a background color, so that the over all effect is more interesting than just a solid. Another name for this kind of colorway is "semi-solid", but we liked the sound of "tonal".

I could not be more pleased with how the colors turned out. I want them all! One of my favorites is a completely new colorway that Tina mentions is her favorite in the podcast: Queen Anne. It's a delightful peachy-pink with shots of golden yellow throughout. I took my inspiration from nature with the Queen Anne cherries that are yellow on one side and coral on the other. The color combination also reminds me of a pink & yellow rose or begonia.

I am using some early sample skeins to knit up a toddler dress for my daughter, who looks lovely in both pink and yellow. The pattern is Elvira from Ravelry. I just love how it's knitting up!


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Tags: anne, elvira, queen, stroll, tonal

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Comment by Tara Addesa on April 2, 2010 at 1:52pm
Melissa Will You be Posting a Piccy of the Finished Dress ?? Would Love love love to See the Finished Dress
Comment by Raili on March 27, 2010 at 4:45pm
You did an amazing job on these!! Yay!! I can't wait for mine to arrive :-) Thanks so much!!
Comment by Merry Knitter on March 6, 2010 at 7:28am
Looks delicious, like rainbow sherbet! Yay!
Comment by Sharon Thiele on March 3, 2010 at 5:06pm
These color lines are absolutely the best! Thanks~
Comment by Amber on March 1, 2010 at 9:28am
Just beautiful! Me want! lol
Comment by Elianastar on February 28, 2010 at 11:13pm
The Queen Anne will be my first purchase of this new yarn... it is so hard to find nice "spring" colors and salmon/peach is my absolute favorite color. I've GOT to get on the stick [pun intended] and work up some of the tons of yarn I've already got or I just can't justify one more purchase of anything! Maybe this'll get me going again!

Any idea how soon color cards might be available for these new colors?
Comment by cellogirl on February 28, 2010 at 11:41am
Fantastic colorway--you've hit the ball out of the park on this one--one problem, which to order first!! The lacy pattern just sets of the potential of this yarn perfectly--your little doll is going to look fantastic!!
Comment by Kelly Hoke on February 28, 2010 at 7:40am
I love this colorway, it's gorgeous. Can't wait until they come out.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on February 27, 2010 at 3:59pm
Melissa,
That is some gorgeous yarn. I love the idea of Tonal... not a but yellow fan, but this yarn I will buy! --S
Comment by Tara Addesa on February 27, 2010 at 11:17am
I VotE Alice and Xena Together On a CoveR of KP !! WhaT a CataloG That would Make !! In the Meantime Melissa Pics pics pics Of Alice in ThaT Dress !!! DoeS Xena get 1 to MatcH ??

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