I am so lucky to live in the mountains of eastern Tennessee. If you stand at the edge of my driveway and look down the road, those hazy foothills line the horizon so beautifully. Last week, I glanced up at them as I drove the kids to school, as I usually do, and was delighted to see the winter hues of morning scrape across them. It’s a sort of dark, dusky effect, as the sun brightens the sky into the first light of the day. And right along the edge of the tree line, where the sky just touches the evergreens, was a shade I recognized.
A muted, soft tone of golden browns and reds as the pale, pinkish blue blended into the dark green of the treetops. Like our Ice Wine colourway. The wash of not-quite-pastel sky, blending into the fading orange leaves and empty branches, sort of creamy mix of mahogany and henna, with a touch of yellow thrown in, feels almost magical. A startling contrast to the colours that border: rich evergreen that hints to blackness on one side and the soft glow of morning blue on the other. Stunningly gentle and bold. An invitation to find warmth and comfort as you admire the view.
And, of course, I had to pull Ice Wine straight out of the stash to swatch with. On our Superwash Soft, the red and browns settle into a soft texture that conjures all of those mountain mornings. Care to dive in with the stitch pattern? I used US 10 needles for this swatch, but you could absolutely get away with larger needles for more drape.
Mountain Touch (mult of 11 sts + 2)
Set-Up Row (WS): K1, purl to last st, k1.
Row 1 (RS): K1, *[p2tog] twice, [yo, k1] 3 times, yo, [p2tgo] twice; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: K1, purl to last st, k1.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Rep Row 2.
Rep Rows 1-4 for pattern.
What do you think? What colours make you think of winter mornings?
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