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Savor // Inspirations & Color Summary

Happy lazy Sunday, friends! Chicago has experienced about a million pounds of snow this weekend (very accurate measurement), which means I've spent a whole lot of time relaxing indoors, taking night time walks in the twinkly snow, knitting, & hanging out with some of my favorite people.

Basically, I've been embracing the feeling of this Journal: SAVOR - taking the time to enjoy late winter in all of its glory (read more about my new Journal model here). This post will give you a little more insight into the inspiration behind this issue, as well as preview of a few of my new designs & projects to come...

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Color Inspiration Week 13: The Most Perfect Rose Gold Yarn

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw me gush about this yarn in the above photo earlier this week. And honestly, I cannot stop gushing. It is glorious. It's the kind of yarn that is (literally) keeping me up at night with ideas, & even though I purchased it with very specific projects in mind I have about 7 billion other things I want to knit with it.

It's basically rose gold in a yarn, which was unintentional as I purchased it but such a lovely surprise. I would like an entire shelf full of it in every base that Madelinetosh offers because it does all of the magical things that rose gold does: it warms everything it comes into contact with, it's basically neutral but with just a hint of blush that compliments any skin tone, & it just feels luxurious. I genuinely think it might be my favorite yarn ever (*gasp!*).

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Shop Update // Up North Headband Pattern & Handknit Goods (& more!)

This post is a result of a crazy busy week - which means I'm combining everything all into one! We have a new pattern release, an Etsy shop update, an ongoing sale on new Fall styles (everywhere! 20% off new Fall patterns AND handknit goods!), color inspiration, & a bit of creative process. But never fear, this post is remarkably short for containing so many lovely things.

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Color Inspiration Week 11: The Colors of the Wind

Last Friday, I found myself awake for the sunrise thanks to Grayson having to work super early & me thinking it was a good idea to just wake up at 4 AM with him. While I regret waking up that early because I think I'm still recovering from lack of sleep, I would do it again in a heartbeat to witness the beautiful sunrise over Lake Michigan. I'm going on my 5th year of living in Chicago (& living right off the lake every year, no less) & somehow this is the first time I've witnessed this crazy beautiful natural experience.

While it was early, I was far from alone. There were seagulls everywhere, people running past on the lakeshore trail, & a hilarious older couple doing some kind of sun salutation dance on the beach (they were awesome). It was a different side of the city - softer, kinder, & a bit more bizarre. I loved it!

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Color Inspiration Week 10: Yellow!

For anyone who knows me personally & has been following along with these Color Inspiration posts, it's probably pretty shocking that I haven't yet done one that focuses on the glorious color yellow. Yellow is 100%, no questions asked, no if's/and's/but's, my absolute favorite color. It's so happy & cheery & it literally scientifically helps put a smile on your face (evidence: seeing yellow releases serotonin in your brain which is supposed to do good things. I'm not an expert, I just learned this once & I will hold onto it forever.)!

Now I understand that I am among the few people in the population who hold yellow to this high standard - in the few random surveys I spotted online, yellow was only getting about 2-8% of the votes - but I'm here to change that. Along with making the world love wool, making the world love yellow is probably my #2 mission. Also world peace.

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Color Inspiration Week 9: Dog Days of Summer

Did you know that, like many things, the origin of the phrase "dog days of Summer" is Greco Roman? As I learned from this lovely Nat Geo article, this phrase actually refers to the heliacal position of the dog star, Sirius (AKA the origin of Sirius Black's name). The Greeks & Romans would refer to the time of the year when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun as the "dog days" - the hottest & least bearable time of year.

Apparently the time when Sirius rises isn't actually always the hottest time of year, but it's still a fun anecdote. And fitting for this week, when my buddy Jake popped in front of the camera as I was taking a picture of our backyard & more of my mom's planters - adding a lovely warm chestnut to the color palette.

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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!

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Color Inspiration Week 7: Morning Lilies

Everyone knows that Trader Joe's has the best flowers, right? Well I was shopping there yesterday & I happened upon these gorgeous lilies & I knew I needed to add them to my shopping cart.

I bought them because A) They're beautiful; B) They smell amazing; & C) I've been listening to a little too much Harry Potter & the Sacred Text lately (it's sooo good - check it out! Also if you live in Chicago they're doing a live show tonight which I'm 100% going to) so I've got lilies on the brain (Lily Potter, obviously). And isn't the coloring just amazing?!

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Color Inspiration Week 6: Fallen Clouds (+ Fall 2017 collection sneak peak!)

I think I've become a bit obsessed with this palette. I've used the yarn in this post for two out of the four pieces of my Fall 2017 collection (coming soon!) & I'm sure I'll use it for many more projects in the future.

I've been doing a lot of traveling lately, & the finicky summer weather has made the ever changing landscapes across the Midwest even more varied than usual. Yesterday, Grayson & I were driving back from visiting his family in Ohio & the sky was all over the place. When we left it was a lovely bright blue, then it got stormy & dark, & finally we ended up with this dynamic, cloudy beauty as we drove into Chicago.

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Color Inspiration Week 5: Mom's Flower Boxes

I'm home (like home home - as in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) for a few days to see my best friend before she moves across the country, which means I get to see my mom's legen - WAIT FOR IT - dary flowers boxes. I'm not kidding. These things are freaking awesome.

Mom usually switches up the flower boxes each year, but this is a repeat of last year because they're basically the perfect combination of flowers & coleus & greenery & all that good stuff. And they are just loaded with the hue greenery as well (the 2017 Pantone color of the year) which may or may not be my favorite color of the year ever (*gasp!*).

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Color Inspiration Week 4: Obersdorf, Austria

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!

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