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A Closer Look at the High Desert Line

 

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My inspiration – taken on a hike up the South Sister mountain in Central Oregon.

It’s that time again – another new line ready for fall weather! I’ve been itching to share these new colors with you. At last, they are available on the shop today!

All of them blend extremely well together, and all have a unique story behind them. At the same time, these inspirations came to me during a backpacking adventure up the South Sister peak in Oregon. Keep reading to find out what makes them so special.

Sunstone

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This first color is especially meaningful, because it brings me back to my childhood. I named it after an Oregon sunstone mine I visited when I was growing up. Like many kids, I was enthralled with picking up the little rocks around the mine. What is it about kids and collecting rocks, anyway?

In any case, this Sunstone color captures that theme. You’ll notice little pops of reds, oranges, and greens. This was inspired by the tinted stones at the mine, which glisten brightly as the suns hits their surface.

Sunstone yarn may not be an actual rock, but you can still add to your collection all the same. And you don’t have to trek through the mines to get it! 🙂

Ponderosa

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Named after the northwestern tree, Ponderosa reminds me of home. Not only are these pines beautiful, but they help keep the air clean at my old stomping ground – Central Oregon. Thankfully, these trees are very plentiful, and this color reminds me of that familiar Pacific Northwest green.

This neutral shade was made to look good on anyone. Make sure to pick one up for the fall!

Lake

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You can probably guess what this color was inspired by, but there’s little more to it than you might expect.

Some of you may know my significant other Matt. Well, he requested lake-like color back when I was thinking about doing a gemstone line. It was hard for me know what exactly he had in mind. However, he described it as a mix between Suttle Lake and Tamolitch Blue Pool. Although I didn’t use it back in May, I kept the idea in my back pocket.

And what do you know? I got to use it after all, and it sure turned out well!

Cinder

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During the Central Oregon winter, you’ll often see this cinder color on the side of the road. Why? Well, cinders are used as an eco-friendly alternative to de-icer. It helps with tire traction during snowy conditions. By the end of the season, you’ll drive by piles of this red dust.

That’s exactly what I saw during my drive to Sisters, Oregon. It was one of the many bright and punchy neutrals that captured my attention. These are the little things that make those drives so much better, and it also makes for a beautiful addition to High Desert.

Fireweed

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Though all High Desert colors are amazing, this one might be the favorite of yours truly. It was named and inspired by one of my favorite flowers. They can be found all over the  Cold Springs campground, which is just outside of Sisters. And let’s face it, pink is pretty much required for any respectable line!

Next summer, I plan on growing fireweed flowers in my garden. But you can order Fireweed yarn right now!

Manzanita

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Once again, this is another color you will see everywhere in Oregon. During a recent camping trip, I saw Manzanita shrubs, and it finally clicked with me that they would make a good yarn color.

For those of you looking for an alternative to Ponderosa, this lighter green is a solid choice.

Fence Post

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For this color, I stepped a little away from nature inspiration. Yes, even the fences in Central Oregon stand out. You’ll find that most of them are split-rail fences, and when the wood gets old, it turns into a grey-brown.

The last time I saw one, a huge blue dragonfly landed on it. Naturally, I had to add specs of blue to this yarn.

OK, I lied, there was a bit of nature inspiration after all. 😉

Skree

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At last, I eventually reached the top of the South Sister mountain. Here, my imagination would find another spark for the High Desert line. The slick rocks near the peak are called skree, and these immediately caught my eye. Although they’re grey, the stones stood out a lot after seeing red cinder most of the way up.

This was a difficult part of the trip, because it was very slippery. Thankfully, I made it through safely with Matt and my dog, Obi. It’s a good thing, too, because I can now share this striking Skree color with you all!

Field

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Some think that long drives can be boring. And yes, that can be true. But have you ever really looked at the different colors of crops that whiz by? If you’re a passenger, try it on your next road trip (if you’re driving, keep your eyes on the road – tisk, tisk). You’ll notice all the different yellows, greens, and browns out there.

High Desert’s Field yarn captures all of that into one. Make it the next pattern in your collection.

Pine Needle

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Finally, we have Pine Needle. As far as inspiration goes, consider it a sibling to Ponderosa. Specifically, I always notice that those majestic trees shed pine needles year round. It also reminds me of when I made pine needle baskets during my childhood. Those kinds of activities are great for kids learning how to just make stuff.

I bet you can make a spectacular creation too. Just use Pine Needle yarn! It’s available now.

That’s it! I’m so glad I went on that trip to make this line possible. Which of the High Desert colors is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

Oh, and on behalf of Matt, myself, and my dog Obi, we hope you enjoy High Desert!

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3 thoughts on “A Closer Look at the High Desert Line”

  1. Gorgeous! I just read all about your color inspiration! Wouldn’t that be fun to take a big summer trip every year to inspire each Fall release!? Now I want all the skeins 😂

    1. It would be fun! I was so lucky to have an excuse to go, the yarn just kind of happened once I got home 😆 I love every skein! They are so much more beautiful in person too 😍

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