Color Inspiration Week 8: Chicago Bricks

I may be biased, but I really do think that Chicago is the most beautiful city in the world. Thanks to the Great Chicago Fire, we're a fairly new city (at least compared to some European cities, or even New York City), but that doesn't mean everything is all uniform & modern. Aside from the streets' grid system - which is freaking amazing, by the way - this city is incredibly diverse & so is its architecture.

This week, I chose to focus on the bricks of my favorite city. Weirdly specific, I know - but I'm fascinated by their variety. It's common to see several different bricks used in the construction of a single building - perhaps someone added a floor, or extended the back, or the builder was just weird or wanted to make dissimilar bricks a design element. Within a single block there are probably at least 30 different shades & types of brick. The possibilities with this material are endless!

 

Pantone Color Palettes

What I love about the bricks (& the architecture in general) of Chicago is that they create a dynamic neutral canvas for the rest of the city to shine. People, plants, weather - the beauty of everything is augmented by the various shades of brown, grey, cream, & more that are lurking everywhere you look.

Lots of palettes this week, because I snapped a few very different photos. What I love about them is that even though their foregrounds & little details differ, they all have a certain warmth brought to them by the bricks.

 This building in Bucktown caught my eye because of the the way vines are basically attacking its corner, but the more I look at this photo the more I notice its little hidden beauties. Those little flowers peeking out of the bottom? Definitely in the frame by accident. And the aqua/teal window frames? Amazing!

This building in Bucktown caught my eye because of the the way vines are basically attacking its corner, but the more I look at this photo the more I notice its little hidden beauties. Those little flowers peeking out of the bottom? Definitely in the frame by accident. And the aqua/teal window frames? Amazing!

 I snapped this photo underneath the Blue line, not far from the Damen stop. I love the rich warmth supplemented by the cool colored window frames. Also that bike across the street on the right is adorable & it posed so well for the photo.

I snapped this photo underneath the Blue line, not far from the Damen stop. I love the rich warmth supplemented by the cool colored window frames. Also that bike across the street on the right is adorable & it posed so well for the photo.

 I never know what to categorize this area (they had banners that said Lincoln Hub? It's Lincoln/Southport/Wellington for you Chicago peeps. I think it might technically be Lakeview? Lakeview is far too large, in my opinion), but I do know that I love it. I parked my car along the alley that leads to Heritage Bikes & Coffee (one of my favorite places to work!) & I was graced with this lovely view as I walked there.

I never know what to categorize this area (they had banners that said Lincoln Hub? It's Lincoln/Southport/Wellington for you Chicago peeps. I think it might technically be Lakeview? Lakeview is far too large, in my opinion), but I do know that I love it. I parked my car along the alley that leads to Heritage Bikes & Coffee (one of my favorite places to work!) & I was graced with this lovely view as I walked there.

 This is also in Bucktown, & I like to call it the city barn house. The red brick is stunning, & from other angles it really does look like a barn. I bet this place is amazing in the fall as the leaves change!

This is also in Bucktown, & I like to call it the city barn house. The red brick is stunning, & from other angles it really does look like a barn. I bet this place is amazing in the fall as the leaves change!

 

Yarn Connections

I'm sticking with that whole warm-neutrals-as-a-canvas-for-life theme for the yarn this week, & boy oh boy am I freaking PSYCHED about this stuff!

Wool Days is an Australian brand that quite simply makes some of the best yarn I've ever knit with. To be fair, I've only ever used their first product (Scout), but I've already pre-ordered Local because it looks so scrumptious. Run by the lovely Megan (we're name twins!), Wool Days is an extremely intentional brand that strives to source their products as locally & sustainably as possible. Megan is a deep lover of wool for all of its glorious properties, & her products shine because of it (& because she's such a lovely, passionate human!).

Local is a gorgeous wool based yarn that comes in sock, DK, & super chunky weights (each available in all of the following colors). The Natural color is 100% wool, but two other neutrals are created by blending the wool with alpaca. A deep charcoal (called Salt & Pepper) is 70% wool & 30% alpaca, while a lovely tan (called Mochaccino) is 50% wool & 50% alpaca. It is currently available for pre-order, but will start shipping out next week. I ordered a selection of DK in the Natural & Salt & Pepper colorways, which will be knit up into a sweater for my Winter collection that I'm already giddy over.

I chose Local for this week because I think the dynamic neutral bases function just like the Chicago bricks do - they have their own inherent interest, but they also bring a warmth to everything around them that makes life all more beautiful. I truly cannot wait to get this yarn on my needles!

 Local, Super Chunky. Photo by  Wool Days .

Local, Super Chunky. Photo by Wool Days.

 Local, Sock. Photo by  Wool Days .

Local, Sock. Photo by Wool Days.

 Local, DK. Photo by  Wool Days .

Local, DK. Photo by Wool Days.

 Local, various weights. Photo by  Wool Days .

Local, various weights. Photo by Wool Days.

 I was lucky enough to win a super generous giveaway from the lovely  Andrea Mowry  & Megan from Wool Days earlier this year, in which I was gifted several skeins of Scout (Wool Days' first product) & Andrea's  Kingston Tunic  pattern. This is one of my favorite garments & it is sooo unbelievably soft! You can tell how much I love it because I'm smiling so big that I don't have any eyes. Also, this photo was taken months ago - you can see my affinity for Chicago bricks is everlasting.

I was lucky enough to win a super generous giveaway from the lovely Andrea Mowry & Megan from Wool Days earlier this year, in which I was gifted several skeins of Scout (Wool Days' first product) & Andrea's Kingston Tunic pattern. This is one of my favorite garments & it is sooo unbelievably soft! You can tell how much I love it because I'm smiling so big that I don't have any eyes. Also, this photo was taken months ago - you can see my affinity for Chicago bricks is everlasting.

 
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