In Which the Pirate Loves Colour.

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.

My stash, especially the handspun and fibre collection, has a lot of blues, greens, browns and neutrals in it. I can’t really wear the warmer colours well, but every so often I’m drawn to a bright orange or crazy colourway. In fact, when I picked the six balls of Kureyon that I used for the Stripey Striped Scarf, I deliberately chose colourways that I thought would clash. (I know, Kureyon can clash with itself, but I really went for the parrot-on-crack and clown-puke colourways.) They turned out to go together fairly well, which was a pleasant surprise that I try to remember when looking at braids of combed top at Sheep and Wool festivals: colours that look wrong in the braid or skein often look perfect in the finished yarn or project.

Sometimes I try to pick similar colours to the original pattern. In the case of the Pomatomus socks I thought the sea-greens and blues of the original were perfect for the scaly pattern, and couldn’t imagine the sock any other way. I didn’t use the exact yarn called for, but found some Plymouth Yarn Sockotta in just the right colour. The yarn was awful to knit with, but I persevered and after two years of procrastination I had perfect bluesy-green scaly socks. (I wish I could say that that was the longest I’ve ever procrastinated on a pair of socks, but the Stripey Striped Socks were begun over three years ago and i still haven’t finished them yet. Le sigh.)

Another pattern that I knit with the recommended colour was Blu – how could I have made blue jeans not blue with orange stitching? (I’m hoping to see Blu on one of the niecelets soon. They should be almost big enough to wear it soon!)

Other than that, I’ve done lots of socks, scarves and hats, and I rarely stick to the colour specified in the pattern. I try to pick patterns that will go well with the colour of the yarn, like using self-striping yarn for Jaywalkers or adjusting the number of stitches in a washcloth to get an argyle pattern. I don’t wear warm colours well, so I try not to use them in projects that will go near my face – but reds and yellows and oranges look great on socks, so I’d use them there. My favourite colours are green and purple, and I love them together, but I don’t love wearing them together. The latest washcloth, though, is a perfect dusty greens and purples blend.

Speaking of blue jeans, as anyone who’s ever been yarn shopping with me knows, when I look for sock yarn I almost always try to pick colours that will go well with them. This is a skein of Periwinkle Sheep, my only purchase (besides lunch) at Rhinebeck last year. I think it will go especially nicely with dark jeans. Goodness knows when I’ll get around to knitting it up, or what pattern I’ll eventually choose for this yarn. The green will spiral up and around the foot and leg, so I don’t think a complicated pattern would work well. Maybe I’ll use coordinating solid green yarn for the heels, toes and cuffs, and try an afterthought heel for the first time, so as not to interrupt the spiraling pattern.

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13 Responses

  1. Sue says:

    goodness and I thought I had a big stash

    • Pirate says:

      I’m trying to work my way through it – the goal for this year is to have more yarn *out* than *in*! I’m doing pretty well so far…

      • Sue says:

        Ha Ha wish I was, I say that every year and every year I add more than I knit. Still it gives me pleasure

  2. Derya says:

    Ooh, grey and green is one of my dream colour combinations. I think it would go very nicely with that herringbone coat too! :)

    • Pirate says:

      Ooh, so it would – now you’ve got me thinking about making armwarmers or a hat instead of socks!

  3. Pumpkin says:

    You are so lucky to have gone to Rhinebeck! I cannot even begin to imagine the amount of restraint it must have taken to only buy one thing! Also, you take lovely photos, you should make them slightly larger in your posts to showcase them more.

    • Pirate says:

      And now I’m gearing up my willpower for Maryland Sheep and Wool in a few weeks! :)

      You can click on each picture to see the full size. I had been keeping them small for people with limited bandwidth, but you’re right, I could probably size them up a little bit more from just the thumbnails.

  4. I love those jewel colors and neutrals too! Love looking at your handspun – I really need to get back into that!!

    • Pirate says:

      I’m trying to set aside one day a week for spinning, but I admit I’m really no good at keeping to the schedule.

  5. Kepanie says:

    I like how you put thought into matching a skein of yarn with a project. I kind of do that. Sometimes a yarn doesn’t look good with a stitch pattern and it’s just meant for something else.

    • Pirate says:

      Thanks! I’ve made some things *cough*first jaywalkers*cough* that looked all right, but didn’t really show off the yarn or the pattern to its fullest. Live and learn! :)

  6. Faith says:

    Love those little denim jeans….very clever!

    Isn’t it great to get a nose at other people’s stash and see how their brains work? Great post!

    • Pirate says:

      I wish I had a picture of the jeans on the nieceling – perhaps when her sisters are big enough to fit into them, I’ll have a second chance at a pic!

      I’ve *loved* seeing everyone’s stash and colour photos.

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