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4KCBWDay4 — Color Review

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What are your favourite colours for knitted or crocheted projects? Have a think about what colours you seem to favour when yarn shopping and crafting.

After writing this part of your post, look to see what colours you have used in your projects. Make a quick tally of what colours you have used in your projects over the past year and compare it to the colours you have written about. Compare this, in turn, to the colours that are most dominant in your yarn stash – do they correlate?

Now think back to your house animal – do the colours you have chosen relate to your animal in anyway – if you are in the house of peacock, for example, are your projects often multicoloured and bright?
Dragonfly TattooWhen I was at Stitches South a couple of weeks ago, I remarked to another yarn shopper standing next to me that I always seemed to choose the same colorways. This was said as I reached for yet another skein of handpainted sock yarn in blues, greens, and purples, which happened to correspond rather nicely with the cardigan I was wearing. Made of a bulky yarn in blues, greens, and purples.
Striped Sweater
My favorite color is green. Not a bright Kelly green, but a soft green. That isn’t to say I don’t like bright greens; I just don’t care for Kelly green. It’s a nit that I pick.

When making things for me, the color palette I prefer is the color palette of the sea: blues, greens, grays, whites, creamy yellow; or jewel tones, especially ruby, cranberry, or other deep pinks and reds. When making things for other people, I usually gravitate toward neutrals, because who knows what else is in their wardrobe?

Chemo sunhats 1So let’s take a look at what’s been made in the last year…The Ravelry project page shows mostly blues, greens, and neutrals. The hats I made for my sister-in-law and a friend, both of whom were undergoing cancer treatments, were blues, pinks, and neutrals. The socks I made for my sister were a jade green.
Bellatrix sox 2
A quick look at my Ravelry Stash generally agrees with the self-assessment above: a few yellows, a few oranges, about a dozen reds and pinks, more than 50 blues and greens, half a dozen or so greys, same for whites, and roughly a baker’s dozen of neutral tans, browns, and taupes. And a few balls of plain old black, because black yarn comes in handy now and then.

Yes. That’s a freakin’ lot of yarn. Don’t even get me started on the crochet thread, most of which I inherited from my grandmother after she passed away.

So, why do I prefer the ocean-hued palette? Two reasons, neither of which have anything to do with belonging to the House of Monkey. First is vanity, darling. Blues and greens make my eyes look fabulous. And those colors suit my skin tone. Second: I love the ocean passionately, and since I no longer live within spitting distance of my beloved Pacific (nor am I likely to live there again anytime in the foreseeable future), I keep those colors near me as solace. If I can’t soothe my soul with salt air and sea mist, I’ll soothe it with beautiful yarn that brings to mind the cry of the gulls and the crash of the waves.

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Mild mannered government employee, fiendishly obsessed with yarn, books, and Doctor Who, much to her husband's chagrin.

2 thoughts on “4KCBWDay4 — Color Review

  1. I bought three skeins of sock yarn at Stitches (for cowls, not socks) that are not anything like what I’d normally buy. I still love the skeins, but I have no idea where that impulse came from. (And they were three separate purchases, too, rather than one crazy impulse.)

    A lot of my color choices are practical. Knitting a baby sweater when mom didn’t know whether she was having a boy or a girl, for instance. Usually, I’d go with red, but mom’s a redhead so I wound up going with green. (It was a girl.) Making a dog sweater that’s a neutral oatmeal-type color so it won’t clash with Silver’s fancy collars (’cause she’d hate that 😉 ) Making Hats for Sailors or snoods for greyhounds, and I just go with colors I think people will like (especially the snoods, because they’re going up for auction). I like to knit with bright colors, although I don’t always want to wear them, and my eyesight makes knitting on dark blues or browns or greys more difficult than I’d like.


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