New and limited edition MillaMia colours!
We are thrilled to have five new colours of MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino Wool in the shop! It’s the first time the company has ever released new colours. There are three new permanent colours – Sable, Berry and Pitch Black – and two Limited Edition colours – Cobalt and Lime. I don’t know about you, but I think we need to start a campaign to keep Cobalt and Lime permanently. They. Are. Awesome.
Helena from MillaMia blogged about the inspiration behind the colours and how to use them and I thought I’d share her comments here. So read on and then go get some – it’s knitting season, after all!
Cobalt: For me Cobalt appeals as it’s a lively intense colour with so much energy and life. It’s been all over the catwalk for both Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections showing how other designers have also been seduced by its pure bright tone and sheer strength of colour. When I was working with the mill I tried to communicate the depth and magnitude the colour needed by showing them an Yves Klein painting where the purity of the pigment explains exactly what we wanted.
Lime: Lime by contrast is a more particular colour. We have seen all shades of yellow – from Lemon to Ochre in recent designers work which shows how the shades can be used as the most amazing accent colour – literally bringing other shades alive but also as the main body colour. My advise is be brave and play with the Lime – combine it with Putty, Berry, Forget-me-not and Storm – it’s surprising easy to wear!
Sable: Browns are a little tricky as a colour! They can be far too reddish in tone or veer towards the yellow spectrum which results in a yucky colour. With Sable I wanted a lovely soft brown with tones of grey in it to give a more modern overall effect. For a subtle, sophisticated adult garment it works beautifully with Midnight, or mix it with Forget-me-not for a very soft look for babies and children. When used on its own, Sable lends depth and definition to cable motifs and textured stitches, it’s super easy to wear and will blend with so many shades in your wardrobe.
Berry: With Berry I was looking for a really warm purple – a natural shade reminiscent of rich natural fruit and wilderness. Of course, since purple made its come-back a few years ago now, we have seen it become a staple fashion colour which is versatile and wearable across the seasons. I like this shade coupled with Pitch Black but it also looks stunning with a serious contrast such as Lime – bringing these strong colours together brings them both alive in such a vibrant way. Again the shade is intense without being too dark and will look fabulous in even the plainest stocking stitch garment.
Pitch Black: Well, black is black . . . a bit of a cliché but also true! I love it for the simple classical statement it makes and totally understand how people cling to it, as most of us feel that we can’t go far wrong with black! It is a pure colour – sophisticated and strong and lets the wearer be all of those things. Though clearly an adult shade, I love the idea of using it for some cool kids clothes too. It can be fantastic mixed with Fuchsia or Peacock for a quirky look!