Day 4: Color Review


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.

Only after writing this part of your post should you then actually 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?

As part of the Knit and Crochet Blog Week last year I did a post about my own color confusion.

This is what my stash looked like then …


Today it looks more like this …

Well, I decided to go to the gym instead of getting photos in the daylight (also it’s raining/snowing here again today so it was a Debbie Downer of a day), so I don’t know what my stash colorwheel looks like today, but here is the overall survey of colors from my exported Ravelry data.


So it looks like I’ve managed to make projects in a relative proportion to what I seem to buy.  Also, I’m surprised how proportional my stash is, color wise, I was expecting to see more purple and green.  These are two colors I naturally gravitate towards when I’m putting yarn in my shopping cart (even if I don’t buy it). I would like to expand my palette but that may be more a question of tint and tone rather than hue as I gravitate towards mostly dark, fall/winter shades rather than fun, clear tones.

I wish I could find a way to tie it to my monkey-ness but honestly work has been insane (which is great) and I ended up spending way more of my evening than I would like to admit trying to get the excel file open and doing the data crunching.

So the story of color is that I totally buy on instinct and it seems I’m just as haphazard in using those colors in projects.  Also, as someone who knits accessories (rather than sweaters) I think I have a bit more freedom to be random with my colors because I really doesn’t matter if the color “works” for you if you are wearing it as socks, and I do love me some wild colored socks.

Socky socks socks


8 thoughts on “Day 4: Color Review

    • Thanks!

      I’ve added a few more pairs since I made that graphic last fall, but I find socks to be my favorite sort of knitting. They can be as wild or as staid as you want and they eventually wear out so you can always be knitting them (because at a certain point you can have too many shawls or scarves).

    • Thanks!

      I had no idea that would be the case before I crunched the numbers. I did only look at my current stash and the past year or so of projects so maybe I will go back further when I have more time and see if that has always been the case.

      I truly expected to see more stashing of green and knitting of purple, but I’m a bit more random than I perceived myself to be.

    • That it is!

      As I said, I didn’t think it would be so balanced, mostly because it feels like all my shawls are the same color! I just need to have the confidence to use the bright colors on not socks.

  1. I love the socks which cause me to ask have you started a project using your leftovers from socks? blankets seen popular. I did one but now I just use them for toys.

    • Nothing, yet. For right now they are sitting in a basket in my stash but I haven’t really felt all that motivated to do anything with them yet. Some of my leftovers are quite large as I have large calves and generally shorten the legs on my socks so I feel I should do something substantial with them.

      I’m not keen on the scrappy sock blankets, but I do like those sideways seedstitch stoles so maybe one of those when I have a few more colors in the scrap bin.

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