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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.
Color is one of the things I suffer a bit of mild anxiety. Not about enjoying colors, but about picking and pairing colors, I have no idea at time what goes with what and what goes with my skintone. I just wear colors I like and have family who will sometimes lean over and mention that the top doesn’t really, go, and not to wear it in future.
However, I took this post as a challenge to haul out my stash and put it in a color wheel and see what colors I have in my stash, and these are the results.
I’m not overly surprised to find out that green is the most prominent wedge of the wheel in my stash. Green has always been my favorite color, from the mint green color of carpet I picked out at age 3, through to my favorite bags, and even my car, oh and my nickname for the blog.
Stretching from yellow-y grass green through to turquoise/tourmaline blue-greens, it is a great section from the colorwheel, that I LOVE.
However, purple seems to be coming in a close second, with coppery/tan/pinky groups coming a distant third.
What is most shocking is the absolute lack of blues in my stash. I currently have a couple of skeins, most notably and beautifully, Frost from the TFA club last year. And considering that blue is Tanis’s favorite color to but dye and use, I haven’t picked up any of her gorgeous skeins.
My finished projects seems to be the same with purples and greens making regular appearances amongst a range of other colors.
As far as tone, I seem to like clear tones, although heathers and “muddier” tones also make regular appearances.
As far as picking colors, I will be inspired by the original item, but more often than not I don’t pick yarn for a specific project, I buy yarn for stash and pick from that stash for projects, so I am pairing a yarn that is fixed in color with a project. So while the original of the item may inspire me to a certain family of colors, rarely do I have the option of matching it exactly.
For me color is exciting and I am desperate to learn more about it, I would like to start dyeing yarn and maybe one day I will own a carder, which excites me very much.
So I am still very much confused about color, however that doesn’t keep me from wanting to enjoy color.