The Knitting Dead, All The Colors

Daryl Dixon, The Governor, Michonne,

Daryl Dixon, The Governor, Michonne, Carol Peletier, Carl Grimes, Hershel Greene, Officer Grimes and Penny Blake, all shown in ModeWerk fingering.

While working up colors for The Walking Dead, I soon came to the conclusion that — unless one views all the colors together — they can just seem like so many variations on a theme of “Grey + Brown + Green + Red = Zombie”

So I’ve made the decision to display ALL of the colors together, in a cohesive group, which I hope will make these more compelling colorways!

I’m also offering a free pattern to make the stylish Archer’s Mitts (perfect for keeping your hands warm during these cold Georgia Winters) Every zombie fighter knows that fingers only get in the way when firing a crossbow or slashing a Katana.

Archer Mitts shown in Officer Grimes/Daryl Dixon and Michonne/Hershel Greene

Archer Mitts shown in Officer Grimes/Daryl Dixon and Michonne/Hershel Greene

If you’ve signed up for the newsletter, you’ll get a link to this pattern via email during tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead.  If you’re not on the mailing list, you’ll be able to download it in few days on this site or at Ravelry.

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As always, ALL Knitting Dead colors are available in every ModeKnit yarn, and can be part of any ModeKnit Kit.

I can save lives. And that’s enough reason to risk mine.

Hershel GreeneHershel Greene personifies hope. He is the character most likely to envision a bright future–ironic as he’s also the oldest character. I can’t

Hershel’s colorful name aside, I wanted his color to bring to mind a field of soybeans or corn, spreading off into the distance, as a dark cloud looms on the horizon.

Greens, yellow-green and black are the defining colors of Hershel Greene.

“Grrraaaaaaah!”

Penny BlakePenny Blake is one of the many lost children that seem to float through this series.

Kids seem to be either the first victims or the most desensitized survivors. Penny falls into the first category, and her back story is unknown (except for the exceptionally creepy “Bye Baby Bunting” song that her father plays for her)

All we do know is after her death she rose again as the zombie apple of her father’s eye.

Penny Blake is a composite of pinks, greens and browns, all of them faded as befits a zombie child who has been locked away from the world for an undetermined amount of time.

“They were a threat. I was trying to save lives. I had to try. Somebody had to.

Carol Peletier is one of my favorite characters, a survivor before the zombies arrived, moving from victim to victor as the world goes to hell.

Carol PeletierBurned raw of any emotion after the loss of her daughter, Carol has been propelled through the crucible of loss to emerge as stronger, more galvanized version of her earlier self.

Seeing what needs to be done (teaching children to defend themselves, burning bodies of the mystery virus to prevent contagion) links her to Daryl as one of the Humans Most Likely To Survive.

Carol Peletier is fractured black hue, scattered into bits and fused together by the pure gold of Carol’s soul.

“I still know how to survive. Lucky for us. I don’t need you anymore.
I don’t need you to protect me anymore! I can take care of myself.”

Carl GrimesCarl Grimes grows up before our eyes, with the intensity of adolescence and an emotional depth far beyond his years, Carl lost any small piece of innocence he may have retained when he took it upon himself to shoot his mother after she died in childbirth.

At this point Carl is a sharp mix of strength and weakness, bravado and fear, not yet developing the subtlety that often comes with age. Carl sees things starkly, which is only to be expected by a child carrying the weight of a man as the world seems to end.

Carl Grimes is the iconic blue jean mixed with a strong black and white and touches of red.

If he was here right now, I’d cut him in two, because that’s how it needs to be.

MichonneMore than any other character, the persona of Michonne was created by the zombie apocalypse.

Her fire, passion, skill and drive to survive cannot be quenched, even by the deaths of her most beloved family and separation from every friend she’s made since the world went mad.

We’ve seen a tiny bit of Michonne’s past life, and now it’s understandable that it took a full season before we ever saw her crack a smile —what was there to smile about?

Michonne is a rich, vibrant blend of pinks, purple and reds over a base of deep brown, reflecting her passion (both in terms of intense emotion and intense suffering)

“Kill them all!

The GovernorSherlock can joke about being a highly functioning sociopath, but Phillip Blake (The Governor) is the real deal.

Motivated by a lust for power, which often trumps his secondary motivation to protect those whom he considers “his”, The Governor is an interesting portrayal of the type of man who emerges at the head of totalitarian regimes throughout history.

The fact that he can present vastly different sides of himself, chameleon-like, depending on what is required at the moment makes him one of the more interesting (if repulsive) characters in The Walking Dead.

The Governor is the most diverse mix of colors in the The Knitting Dead series, reds, yellows, pinks and greys stand out against a black/white background.

I just want my brother back.

Daryl DixonDaryl’s the quiet muscle, the thinking wo/man’s redneck, and he’s proven to be a better friend, defender and father-figure than almost anyone else on the show.

Where his brother, Merle, was indignant and cruelly bossy, Daryl is slow to pass judgement. He is fully present at every moment he’s on screen (and remains vital to the action when he’s off screen.)

Daryl Dixon a neutral camo green/tan, with strong blood & gore red/brown overtones and just a bit of gold shining through.

“You pull the trigger, you have to mean it.

Officer GrimesOfficer Rick Grimes, Sheriff Deputy, is the authority figure, the decider, the one who – for better or for worse – most folks turn to within his group for guidance.

Rick has the power to decide where the group goes, who stays within the group, and who is banished to the zombieverse outside of his charmed circle.

Rick can pass his hat on to Carl, he can try to deny that he is the power, but he retains the aura of Officer Grimes to everyone within his group.

Officer Grimes is a blend of the beautiful blue of his Georgia patrol car; the deep, rich brown of his iconic hat, the warm tan of his uniform with just a touch of creamy white.

The Knitting Dead, Color 2: Daryl Dixon

Daryl_Dixon

Daryl Dixon

I wasn’t prepared to like Daryl Dixon as much as I do. He is easily my favorite character in The Walking Dead.

Daryl looked too much like many members of my family; unkempt, rough, a little shady, and probably out on parole.

But it took less than half an episode for me to see that he’s the pearl in his family clam shell.

Daryl Dixon & Officer Grimes together in the "Archer" Mitt

Daryl Dixon & Officer Grimes worked together in the upcoming pattern, “Archer” Mitts

Where his brother, Merle, was indignant and cruelly bossy, Daryl is slow to pass judgement. He is fully present at every moment he’s on screen (and remains vital to the action when he’s off screen.)

He is just THERE when folks need him; Daryl sees what needs to be done, does it, and expects nothing in return but freedom to do the job the way he sees fit.

I have no idea what the upcoming episodes hold in the way of pairings, but – as my 17-year-old daughter would say – I’d “ship” Daryl and Carol, they’d make a formidable couple.

And he is without a doubt the most loyal character on The Walking Dead; when Daryl has your back, he keeps your back.

The fact that he’s a total badass with a crossbow doesn’t hurt, either; the Robin Hood heartthrob of TWD!

Daryl Dixon Colorway in ModeLuxe

Daryl Dixon Colorway in ModeLuxe

Daryl’s the quiet muscle, the thinking wo/man’s redneck, and he’s proven to be a better friend, defender and father-figure than almost anyone else on the show.

Daryl Dixon is our Knitting Dead color of the week. It’s base is a neutral camo green/tan, with strong blood & gore red/brown overtones and just a bit of gold shining through.

The color would pair nicely with just about every other color in our series, and is available in all ModeKnit yarns, and can be part of any ModeKnit Kit.

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The Knitting Dead, Color 1: Officer Grimes

Rick's Patrol Car

Rick’s Patrol Car

Today I begin revealing a series of colors based on AMC’s The Walking Dead which I’m calling, The Knitting Dead.

Personally, I can’t understand why there’s not more knitting (or ANY knitting) in TWD, I feel the producers are missing out on a huge section of their fan base.

The Hat

The Hat

And we KNOW there are some damned fine yarn shops in Georgia! Plus, I refuse to believe that all knitting would cease when the zombie apocolypse begins.

I’ll begin at the beginning; Rick Grime’s former life as an Sheriff’s Deputy in Georgia.

Even after the entire world changes and Rick loses, then finds, his family, he retains the identity as Officer Grimes in everything but title.

Officer Grimes in ModeWerk

Officer Grimes in ModeWerk

Rick is the authority figure, the decider, the one who – for better or for worse – most folks turn to within his group for guidance.

Rick has the power to decide where the group goes, who stays within the group, and who is banished to the zombieverse outside of his charmed circle.

Rick can pass his hat on to Carl, he can try to deny that he is the power, but he retains the aura of Officer Grimes to everyone within his group.

 

Officer Grimes in ModeLuxe

Officer Grimes in ModeLuxe

Officer Grimes is a blend of the beautiful blue of his Georgia patrol car; the deep, rich brown of his iconic hat, the warm tan of his uniform with just a touch of creamy white.

 

Officer Grimes sums up, in a color sense, how Rick saw himself before the zombie virus sets in, and how many continue to see him.

The Knitting Dead

I’m not a natural-born zombie lover, as many knitters seem to be.

The Knitting DeadPerhaps it was my upbringing among fundamentalist Free Methodists (several of whom could have passed for Zombies, but let’s keep my father’s side of the family out of this)

So It took me a while to settle into a love of The Walking Dead.

My criteria for loving a TV show has—so far—been simple; No Sweaty Men.

This one rule has kept me safe from many testosterone laden series and bad reality shows. But evidently I have overcome my rule and have come to love TWD.

Who knew? I’m usually a Downton Abbey / TCM kind of woman.

I think what swayed me toward TWD was the brilliant after-show, Talking Dead, which is hilarious and sweetly earnest, hosted by the incredibly charming Chris Hardwick (@nerdist on Twitter who also hosts @Midnight on Comedy Central after The Colbert Report M-Th.) Once I watched a few episodes of Talking Dead, I had to go back and see the entire Walking Dead from episode one. Lots of good knitting between the cringing and eye-gouging.

So here I am, loving this gory, zombie laden, not-very-logical TV show (why on earth did they not just head to an island in Season 1?) where there’s barely enough water to drink, let alone have a full bath.

One of my favorite scenes in the entire series is in episode 1, when Rick meets Morgan and Duane and takes them to the station house for a good, hot shower.
Yep, I love me a good ‘make-over’ montage! Give me CLEAN any day!

And, of all the places to look for inspiration for colorway, The Walking Dead is a hard one! But I’m up for the challenge. I’ll do it for Herschel (who I feel would have appreciated some good knitting!)

Each week I’ll bring out a new colorway based on a character, location or event from TWD which inspires me, and these will be available in all our ModeKnit Yarns (ModeSock, ModeLuxe & ModeWerk.)

I’ll be creating these colors each week, so join me as I strive to find some wooly beauty in the gory details of The Walking Dead!

And feel free to make suggestions, I’m all ears!

Straighten Your Knocker

Knocker Askew

Knocker Askew

Everything that is good in Sherlock’s life can be found behind the door at 221B Baker Street.

His friendship with Watson, his music, his books, his kitchen full of experiments & forensic samples, Mrs. Hudson’s motherly ministrations — 221B is Sherlock’s haven.

It’s his place of retreat, his place of celebration, his morning cup of tea which magically appears each day, an area of quietude.

Proof of Mycroft's Visit

Proof of Mycroft’s Visit

It’s not tidy. It’s actually rather dusty and messy; painted faces and bullet holes in the wall, eyeballs in the tea…

But it IS home—slightly askew, a little tarnished—but familiar and loved. And that necessary off-centeredness lies at the root of Sherlock’s love/annoy relationship with his brother.

Mycroft, the type of sibling who would balance Sherlock’s checkbook without invitation, insists on straightening the knocker on the front door whenever he visits.

Straighten Your Knocker Colorway

Straighten Your Knocker Colorway

Sherlock insists on moving the knocker back to it’s slightly off-center position (could there be a maternally driven formula* for the angle he chooses?)

And this is how one can tell which brother was the last to enter 221B Baker Street.

Straighten Your Knocker brings all of the rich, masculine colors of the portal into Sherlock’s world together into one beautiful colorway.

Slippy Cowl in Bristol South Pool & Straighten Your Knocker

Slippy Cowl worked up in Bristol South Pool & Straighten Your Knocker in ModeLuxe

Deep browns, bronze yellows, black and a hint of scarlet; all wrapped up in a rich palette that would please any gift recipient who only wants “brown” (while also satisfying the knitting partner who wants a bit more excitement!)

Available in ModeSock, ModeLuxe and ModeWerk (fingering & worsted) this is a colorway that can bring folks who love simplicity and order together with folks who thrive on complexity and nuance.

Shown here paired with Bristol South Pool in the slippy cowl, Straighten Your Knocker is a colorway that can stand alone, or play VERY well with others.

Unlike Sherlock.

Have you enjoyed these eight blog posts about the eight 221B Colors? You can always order a mini-skein set of all eight colors (in ModeSock or ModeWerk Fingering)

Walking Dead

STAY TUNED for the next installment of our NO SPOILERS! series when The Walking Dead returns on February 9th!


Slippy Cowl Kit
Color 1
Color 2


*(After all, his mother, M.L. Holmes is the author of the book, The Dynamics of Combustion, not to be confused with The Dynamics of an Asteroid by James Moriarty)

Congratulations, Kim!

The needles have been won – yay!  The happy winner is Kim, and as soon as I hear from her with an address they’ll be on their way to her hot little hands along with the Greenwich yarn.

Thank you to everyone who commented, I love reading how individual we all are as knitters, and how our hands react differently to wood, metal, plastic…

I don’t use wood needles often, but I do love small wooden dpns for some types of fine and sock knitting.  Generally, though, I’m a metal loving woman.

I know I’m in the minority, but I have a need – a need for SPEED!

Magnets in the Interweave Women’s Room

I’m blogging from a beautiful apartment in Loveland, CO where I’m relaxing after a day of travel and settling in.

I’ll be taping a workshop for Interweave Knits over the next few days, then returning home.  While I’m here, though, I’m in heaven!

IK keeps an apartment because they have so many folks who come in from out of town for tapings, editing sessions, photo shoots, etc.

It’s kind of brilliant of them, and it certainly makes my time here much more enjoyable!

View of CO From a Plane

Add to that the air conditioning (CENTRAL AC!!) and I feel like throwing myself on the floor (CARPET) and rolling around on my back like Atticus does when he’s happy.

The best part?  Amazing editor-and-kindly-human-being Marcy Smith (IK Crochet) has lent me her bicycle so I can get a few rides in while I’m here.

I don’t have to be at the studio until after noon tomorrow, so I’ll do some exploring and may ride around the lake.

I know one thing I have to do is get a MANICURE tomorrow…

LOVE the wheat harvesting pattern!

Mostly I’m taking it easy because I know from experience that it takes me a day or so to get acclimated to the higher altitude.

I only rode for about 2 miles, but I had the same level of exhaustion I’d have back in MN after riding 8 miles or so.

Oh, by the way, when I get home I plan on having another giveaway, so stay tuned!

 

Obsessed With Downton

Mary can handle herself.

I am absolutely LOVING Downton Abbey.  It’s not the plot line so much (which is interesting, sometimes predictable and sometimes just silly.)

No, it’s the CLOTHES.  Susannah BuxtonRosalind Ebbutt have done a remarkable job recreating the Edwardian / WWII era in styles that resonate with a modern audience.

Ethel Knits!

It’s exceptional knitting TV.  I’m always looking for something to ‘knit along to’ that I can watch over and over again – always hearing or seeing something I missed before.

The richness of the details is very much appreciated by this half-attentive knitter.

Amazing hats, every one!

 

It’s obvious that the undergarments are quite good & correct for the period, the hair is – for the most part – exceptional, and the hats are filling my dreams.

I love millinery, and this is my hands-down favorite period.

The Simplest Hats are the Hardest

There are many great shapes and techniques from close fitting pre-cloches to wide, deep steam-boaters, to squarish toques.

The floral and feature trim is perfect, often times more simple than expected.  It’s the hardest thing in the world to get the simplicity of trim matching the hats, but this millinery is astoundingly good at it.

Lady Edith's silhouette is quite daring.

One of my favorite aspects of the DA costumes are how they foreshadow the changes in fashion.  Lady Sybill’s split skirt outfit was very daring (and the color was a little glaring) but it wouldn’t have been worn in public.

More interesting to me are the clothes that Lady Edith wears.  She’ll be the real clothing rebel, notice how her jodhpurs and long coat carry an echo of the post WWI fashions of a working segment of the ‘superfluous woman’

A woman comfortable in her own skin

And, as always, Maggie Smith is pure treasure.  Her asides, small comments and the physicality of her character (watch how she gravitates toward and away from other characters) is flawless.  It’s a joy to see her used and dressed so magnificently in her role!

I love the interplay (& love) between these two.

This whole series should inspire me to get History On Two Needles finished toot-sweet, but I’m afraid it just sets off new ideas in my head…

Some new ideas have to do with patterns, but I’m afraid most of them have to do with afternoon tea and gluten free biscuits.