3KCBWDAY1 – Colour Lovers
3KCBWDAY1 – Colour Lovers
“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 is the first time I’ve had a proper look at my stash, and tried to see if I have any particular buying pattern when it comes to colour. This is a tough one, as a lot of the things in here are remnants from yarn I bought to make gifts, choosing colours for other people, and yarn that people have given me. I definately have an inclination to pick up reds and purples if it’s something for myself, as I think warmer colours suit me better, but I’m not scared of wearing bright colours. The lilacs that you see in there were for gifts, and aren’t really a colour I think I would wear, as pinky shades don’t really do much for me unfortunately.
I bought this lovely red Debbie Bliss ‘Soho’ yarn at the Stitches and Crafts show in Exeter about 7 years ago. I’d got it into my head that I wanted a red cardigan, so I bought about 500g and thought I’d wait until I found a suitable pattern. I had intended to make this:
However, after completing the back and sleeves, I decided that the neck coming off the shoulder would probably do my head in and gave up. So that’s all still sitting somewhere in a bag, and I’m still waiting for my red cardigan!
Two years ago I decided to design myself a new cardigan. I chose this colour because it seemed to go well with my skin. I wanted to use this yarn specifically, as it’s a mix of wool and cotton, so I was limitied to the pallet. I think the choice was between this olivey colour or brown, but this one seemed to make me look a bit less washed out!
This was my first ‘big’ design project and to be honest was a bit of a challenge, and having made a few smaller things since I realise I made a few mistakes. Such as putting it down and leaving no record of what size needles I should be using when I pick it up again. I made all of the left front side of the cardigan, but I’m thinking I’ll have to frog it and start again, it’s been too long and I’ve lost where I was!
Most of the things I have made have been one colour. I’d really like to get practicing on my fair isle, and make something really beautiful, but I can’t see me using me using more than maybe five or six colours tops for a jumper, and I imagine most of the changes would go in the yoke rather than all over. I think I’m more of a texture person when it comes to knitting – I really love doing cables and lace, and I’m not sure either would work if you added multiple colours into the equation.
I do love knitting these teddy bears in self striping sock yarn though, providing the stripes are close enough together.
I picked the blue yarn above for the Nordic Lace set about two years before I did anything with it. I usually buy yarn with a project in mind, however this one took a bit of pondering. I love the shade of this blue and it just jumped off the shelf at me. Once I’d given it a squeeze, I knew it was going home with me, whatever it was going to become!
I don’t really wear blue so much, I think it washes me out a bit, but I am of the not really caring variety if the colour makes me happy. This yarn falls into that category. You can’t really tell from the photos, but there are multiple shades of blue in there. It has so much depth to it!
The yarn for ‘Lichen‘ was donated to me by my Mum. Ironically she’d started a jumper in a very similar pattern, which sat in her wardrobe for about 10 years before she moved to Cyprus and realised it would probably never get finished. We both share the love of this shade – it suits us both though our colouring is different. I notice I tend to pick up this shade a lot in the shop, and have to remind myself that I don’t need it!
I was working for a short while in Purl, Brighton, on a one day a week basis. Just being in there for a whole day filled my mind with ideas of things to make, but my budget was small and the selection of yarn was not! In the end I asked the owner, Debbie, to pay my wages in yarn for a couple of weeks so I could knit myself a new jumper.
I decided on this yarn before I knew exactly what to do with it. The colour grabbed me first, it was so bright and striking it was hard not to see it! I fell in love with how soft it was when I picked it up, and after debating for a while if I could pull off wearing the shade or not, I took the plunge and looked for a pattern, finally deciding on ‘Owls‘ by Kate Davies.
I mentioned last week that I’d inherited a HUGE bag of yarn, and as this post is about what’s in my stash, I thought I’d include a couple of pictures.
I’m spoilt for choice of colour here, if I ever need a small amount of something I know I’ve got it, and will probably always have it!
So to conclude, I have every colour under the sun, and I like to think I’m quite varied with choice of colour when it comes to making things for myself. Having said that, I dug out some hats last night for another post later in the week, and it would appear I go for more subdued, darker colours (browns, reds, purples, greys) mostly, rather than anything too vibrant.
I think it all depends on my mood! What are your favourite colours?
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