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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Time for November Teasers! by Rachel
I have been so caught up enjoying the gorgeous autumn weather we're having and juggling multiple tasks. I suddenly realized....it's time for the November teaser for the Colors of Cleveland!!  Lucky for all of us living here in Northeast Ohio, we are privy to some of the most brilliant colors in the country during the fall season. I've been trying to get out and enjoy as many hikes and walks in the Cleveland Metroparks as I can. Meanwhile, I'm very excited about our November neighborhood.  It's small but full of little treasures to discover, and I have a couple of photo clues here to share with you.  Let me know if you can crack my codes!

Do you know where this historical building is and what it is currently utilized for?  Part of the beauty and charm of exploring these neighborhoods is discovering how the old is integrated with the new, I personally find it a fascinating contrast.

And here's a real puzzle of a photo to solve!  One of my personal favorites......and it might be one of yours too.  Real fans of this neighborhood are bound to have noticed this fabulous window.  I  would love to see your comments about all of this and more inspirations on our blog feedback!  With the timing of the autumn colors and the beginning of the NBA season, I am really inspired right now by the colors of our awesome basketball team, wine and gold.  I have already been looking at yarns here in the shop to make up cute hats and scarves in support of our city!  What team colors do you all love the best?  I will leave you all with an inspirational video I recently watched, even for those who are not sports lovers, this is pretty infectious. Check out the Nike Together commercial, and be proud of the city we live in!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Superstar Yarn and Kathy C.

Kathy C. modeling our version of the Superstar Slouchy Hat

I am always trying to improve my photos for the blog.  I find that the blogs I visit often are more photo journals than alot of text.  I am very proud of the way this picture turned out.  Kathy has been working for River Colors for 11 years now and I was very taken by how she looked in this hat.  She has never been one of those people that wanted to see herself out there on the internet so I was thrilled when she agreed to let me do this posting.  The yarn for this hat is the Queensland Superstar. The yarn is a bulky chainette blend with a sprinkling of sequins that you can see sparkling in this picture.  The hat is a quick project and takes two hanks of the yarn.  I took a free pattern for the yarn and rewrote it for knitting the hat in the round rather than flat.  My pattern is here.  The original pattern which includes a scarf is here.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Clue for October by Rachel
Summer has officially turned into fall (even though it's lingering in the weather this week), and it's been the perfect time to explore the upcoming neighborhood inspiration for Colors of Cleveland.  Visiting familiar spots and discovering new ones have made me fall in love once again with this cozy gem in our city, and I have no doubt that you'll agree!  It has amazed me how many spectacular views there are of our skyline depending on where you are standing in the city.  While talking with my brother last week about this very thing, he suggested a photo spot for me to check out and it just happened to be located in October's neighborhood!  So let's see if any of you can guess where I'm standing in the CLE!!

Skyline from "October"

Amid my hectic schedule this week, I am planning to squeeze in some time to go downtown and check out Cleveland's Ingenuity Festival.  It's something I've never done yet, it's a free event, and it also celebrates the colliding of three very important worlds.... the arts, science, and technology.  It starts on Friday evening, September 26, and goes through Sunday, September 28, and takes place around the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  There will be art and technology installations, music and dance performances, and lots of other treats.  Check out the website for a schedule of events.  The Science after Dark opening party sounds interesting.  And because of my forever love of fashion I will be looking for the Wandering Wardrobe, Cleveland's first and very own fashion truck!  She will be parked all weekend down at the festival selling fall fashions.  Have a great week whatever you do in the CLE!!

Style on Wheels

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Inspired by Autumn Colors by Rachel
Hi everyone!  It has been so fun to receive feedback from all of the Colors of Cleveland subscribers as they open their September yarn packages!  I was absolutely thrilled with the way the yarn turned out thanks to the wonderful dying talents of Space Cadet!!  It has been exciting to collaborate with her on this project and it wouldn't have been the same without her.  I encourage you to visit her website! She has many exciting things  going on. It's also been a blast to connect with all my fellow co-workers here at River Colors.  It isn't too often we all have the opportunity to work together or share ideas, but embarking on the Colors of Cleveland project has given us just that. I am so grateful to be a part of a talented, creative and witty team!

Edgewater and Shoreway communities

Even though there are still going to be plenty of beautiful sunsets to check out this month here on the lake, this cool weather that blew in with the rain last night has me thinking about shopping for fall fashions and projects on my knitting wish list. So today I'm going to explore some of the charming and eclectic consignment shops and boutiques that are located right here in our Shoreway neighborhood.  Some of my favorites are Girl Next Door in Rocky River, Designer Consignor in Lakewood, and Vintage Love in Avon.  But I am going to start right her at River Colors to see what cool weather accessories I can knit to go with my fall wardrobe.....I think I'll start with the slouchy Superstar Hat, designed by Ella Rae.  I saw the sample here at work the other day and loved the contrast of coziness and bling, so I need this hat in my life!!

Edgewater at sunst

As much as I love the lake and our September neighborhood,  I can't wait to share October with you, so I will be out exploring that area as well as we move into Autumn.  So stay tuned for some clues and in the meantime, I encourage you all to explore and  find the beautiful colors around our city that inspire you!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Sharing September with you!
Here she is!  The debut color and package.   We are thrillled with how it all came together.  You can still join until midnight 9/5/14.  We have 4 spaces left.  More about Sweet Designs later.


I am so lucky
Every so often the stars line up and you feel grateful that things are working the way they are.  That is how I am today.  I am going to explain that lovely feeling of satisfaction here.Yesterday we were scurrying around with lots of last minute things to do.

The Yarn Discovery Tour starts today- thank-you RCS team for working so hard!

The Colors of Cleveland Yarn Club has its first pick up today(and those of you are having it shipped should receive it today or Saturday).  It went came together beautifully and we are soooo proud.  We will post a picture today after 11am.  After all the members get to peek first!

Sweet Designs sent us a wonderful plate of chocolate to  thank us for something that we will explain later.  That plate kept us all happy yesterday while we were scurrying!

My daughter Kelsey is blogging for us from a younger perspective.  She helped me see that the yarn club can easily be thought of as a yarn CSA.  We would love to have you think of it that way.  Please read her posting  here.  Sample her blog otherwise and possibly add it to your list of bookmarked blogs to read. As a biased mother I think she is hilarious but maybe a little racy for some our regular customers.  Only you know where you fall.