Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2012: Color Lovers

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Today’s topic is Color Lovers.


Here’s the prompt from Eskimimi:

Colour is one of our greatest expressions of ourselves when we choose to knit or crochet, so how do you choose what colours you buy and crochet or knit with. Have a look through your stash and see if there is a predominance of one colour. Do the same with your finished projects – do they match? Do you love a rainbow of bright hues, or more subdued tones. How much attention do you pay to the original colour that a garment is knit in when you see a pattern? Tell readers about your love or confusion over colour.

This one is easy. My favorite color, as many people know, is purple. However, it’s not just any purple. I like the deep purples, the plums and the grapes and the heathered tweedy purples. I am not a fan of lavender, unless it’s part of a heathered or tweedy colorway. I used to joke with a yarn store owner that she’d always know when I was buying yarn just for swatching because it would always be in purple. Always.

I typically gravitate towards purple when I’m going to make something for myself. Like my entry in the Winter 2008 Ravelympics:


Purple Mohair and Beads


But I’m not just limited to purple. I also love jewel tones. Deep blues, rich fuchsias, emeraldy greens, bold and deep teals. It’s the richness of those colors that attracts me. Especially when they are mixed with other tones in the same color family.


Rich Burgundy Jeweltone


Deep woodsy colors appeal to me as well. Any nature inspired color, really, but especially woodsy greens and browns. It’s calming to me.


The yarn from my Lace Recovery Project


I have been known to sneak some bright colors into my lineup. Usually in the form of sock yarn. I like how a pop of bright colored socks can help brighten any day and any outfit. I think currently these are my brightest ones:


Bright teal socks


Some pastels do find their way into my palette. Often those yarns need to scream loud at the yarn shop for me to fall for them. They often start by telling me exactly what they want to be so they don’t sit around in my stash for long.


Fionnuala Cowl


I will confess a secret. I have a hard time putting multiple colors together. When I was freelancing for a yarn company, I often had to have my contact tell me how she wanted the colors to go together. I was sent a box of nine different colors and told to use six of them. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t figure out which of them went together well. So that was the start of “here’s the color sequence we’d like you to use” notes on my project assignment sheets. 🙂 It’s also why many of my designs are with one colorway or coordinating colorways. Or if I want it to be multicolored, I pick a variegated yarn. There’s my confessional for today.


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