The Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week is upon us! Today is Day 1 and it’s all about color!
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.
Okay, I can’t wait to respond to this topic! But, first I have to tell you about what I got in the mail today. Look at this!
This is Coopworth that I got from The Joyful Sheep on etsy. I know it’s difficult to see…(though this year’s first KCBW blog topic is all about Color, I’m adding Light because by the time I got around to taking photos for today’s post, I was like, “Where’s all my light?!”)…but it looks just like the wool that I washed this past weekend! It still has some little itty bits left in it and the tips are still brown-looking. I was never so happy to see dirt when I saw that. I didn’t do so bad after all! Can you see that last paragraph there on the bag? It says, “There is some minor vegetable matter in this wool-which is fairly common in natural (not commercially treated) fiber.” Word!
Okay….back to the first photo…I will be referring to the Photo of Many Yarns at the start of this post. That is a sample of my commercial yarn stash. There’s so much color in that sample. In addition to that, I had many skeins more and maybe two skeins of brown and four or so of white. I think my neutrals are outnumbered! There’s a good reason for that though.
I could’ve easily named this post, “Know Thyself”. In undergrad, during a painting crit, the instructor and other students were commenting on my use of vibrant colors in my paintings. In response, I said, “I’m not really sure why I use such bright colors in my paintings because I don’t normally use them in everyday life.” One of my classmates in the crit looked at me as she said, “Well, your t-shirt underneath is a very bright orange.” I had to stop and think about that. Here was this blaze orange peeking out of the very top of my very tan button down top. When I got home, I took a look at all my nether garments and other t-shirts and things. Do you know what I found? All of them were CRAZY colors! Patterns, graphics and just the brightest, cheeriest things in the whole place! Honestly, I didn’t know why I never noticed that before.
I was born and raised in Delaware. Delaware is, as my accountant husband says, “a banking state.” Very conservative. Mostly grays and navy blues, tans and blacks. Well, being somewhat conservative myself, I thought I was more subdued a person than anything. And on the outside, I suppose I am. I’m never going to be the life of the party girl (sniffle). It’s just not in my nature. But I do always get those, “You are such a calming presence,” kind of remarks. That’s not so bad, right? But underneath it all, I think there’s some fire! That’s a thought. Fire and Water, both together. Hmmm…I kind of like that.
At any rate, if you look at that photo, you may be able to tell my favorite ball of yarn in my entire stash?
There it is.
Yup. That’s the one. 🙂