This week's color inspiration is once again brought to you by nostalgia. Not because the weather was horrible, but because I spent this week buried in spreadsheets & business plans & when I did go out I was silly & forgot to capture any of it. But never fear - these old photos are probably better than anything I could possibly find in Chicago this week anyway.
Why is that, you may ask? Because these are photos of my homeland... well, that's maybe a little dramatic. Yes, these photos are from Obersdorf, Austria - a tiny little town in the province of Styria. Think the Sound of Music, only genuinely more beautiful. My Great Great Aunt Hermine current lives there, along with a few other distant relatives of mine, and my Grandma grew up here. I mean, I technically only have 25% of me that can really claim this as my homeland. But I sure as heck do!
I spent a few days here during my last few weeks abroad last Spring & they were some of the most glorious & challenging days of my life. They involved cancelled & changed trains, hitchhiking, power outages in the place I was staying, constantly navigating a language barrier, & more trials and tribulations. But they also involved getting to know my Great Great Aunt, knitting with her, hiking through the Sound of Music land, purchasing a traditional Austrian dirndl, attending an Austrian summer festival, sitting in Hermine's garden, & learning about my family history. It was by far the best part of my few months studying abroad.
I never actually got a chance to blog about this adventure on my study abroad blog (I got overwhelmed as soon as I got back to the US & it sadly went undocumented), so I hope this serves as a bit of a make-up for those of you who were hoping to hear about it. And you get a lovely color palette along the way!
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Pantone Color Palettes
I went to the mountains at what everyone kept telling me was the perfect time of year - warm enough that everything was green & blooming, but still early enough in the summer that the mountains were snow capped. I had gorgeous 80 degree, sunny weather every single day I was there. I highly recommend visiting Austria in the end of May!
Because of this perfect weather, the landscape gifted me with a gorgeous palette of lush greens & blues with natural browns.
I've been drooling over YOTH's Best Friend yarn ever since it was released a few weeks ago. It's a beautiful blend of 75% cotton & 25% wool that gives it an inherently nubby texture that takes dye almost like a marl. I think it really complements this week's natural palette. I would love to make a scarf with these colors! Or a sweater. Or a wrap. Or literally anything!