Monday, 23 April 2012

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.
 
 
If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you probably already know that my favourite colour is purple.

It's got to be purple!  
From rich, deep shades to paler, more pinky mauves, I love them all! When I first began knitting again, back in 2007, it was the bright colours in a skein of Noro yarn that tempted me inside a yarn shop. I bought a couple of skeins and this scarf was the result.

The start of it all! Noro Iro scarf

Thus began my love affair with colour, and many of my early yarn purchases reflect this - bright, saturated colours, often with many different colours within one ball or skein. Gradually though, over the years, my taste has definitely changed, and I find myself being drawn to more solid/semi-solid colours in the purple/blue/pink spectrum. Just take a look at my purchases from Knit Nation last summer. I thought that I'd bought quite a variety of colours until I put them all together! (The green skein at 5 o'clock was a gift for someone else!)
Knit Nation purchases 002

Whilst I still like colour, many of the patterns that I want to knit at the moment quite simply would not work if they were knit in a bright, multicoloured yarrn. So I have (and shhhhhhhh, don't tell Mr JK!) a number of skeins in my stash that at the moment, I don't want to knit! (although I'm sure that I will sometime in the future.) They are fine for a pair of socks, but a sweater's worth would make me look like I was auditioning for the circus or to become a presenter on children's TV! So as far as garments go, I am favouring plainer, semi-solid colours. Accessories can be a little more varied, and I still love Granny square blankets in pure technicolour! I'm coming to the conclusion that my feet are firmly in both camps when it comes to colour - all colours of the rainbow for some things, and more toned shades for others. I think I've definitely got the best of both worlds, don't you?! See you tomorrow. xxx

22 comments:

Bilgewater said...

Hi! - I came here via 3KCBWDAY1, you are first on Google right now !

I love your circus mention, I think I may have been a little offensive with my blog today so that cheered me up :-)

Ronnie said...

Funny enough on writing up my thoughts on color today purple is at my low end of my favorites and looking at your gorgeous yarns, I am wondering why!! I may need to rethink purple!

Suzanne said...

I love your stash! I really like the one on 5 o'clock. Socks would look amazing in that colour.

Kate said...

Purple lovers of the world unite! :-D

Voie de Vie said...

That's a whole lotta purple - and I love purple! I also find your spoils from Knit Nation hysterical - didn't plan that, really?!!!

Catherine said...

Quite envious at the sheer amount and variety of yarns in your favourite colours (almost the same as mine, not quite) I'm also amused to read many of the 3KCBWDAY1 blogs which talk about compulsive colour collectors disorder!

Deco Cat said...

I do love purple!

Catherine said...

(O)CCCD can be good! (and beautiful)

Kell said...

You make purple look so enticing. I'm working on a purple shawl right now and have been waffling about it. Maybe I should look at through your purple love filter.

Crafty Intrigue said...

I love purple too. The colors of your blue and purple yarn are pretty.

Sarah (Crafts From The Cwtch) said...

Love your purples. I have a penchant for purples too - although I don't tend to wear purple very much - hmmm.

Anyway, lovely post. Here's mine on the same topic: http://www.craftsfromthecwtch.co.uk/2012/04/kcbw-day-1-colour-lovers.html

fig said...

Wow! You DO love purple! Those are all gorgeous yarns, too. Thanks for the beautiful post!

Shannon said...

Mmmmmm... your circle of skeins looks very yummy - such lovely shades!

Stitched Together said...

You are not alone in wanting both muted and vibrant for different things. I think it is the sign of a sophisticated palette!

Ana BC said...

Delicious yarns. Love purple too.
Great to have found you @ Blog week.
Ana BC

Northern Monkey said...

I'm finding myself more drawn towards semi-solids because of how they work with fancy patterns but many of my initial yarn purchases were brightly variegated yarns...not I'm not sure what I'm going to knit with them!

Purple is a lovely colour, I love the yarn you've shared.

Helsie said...

I've certainly noticed your colour preference and it is very pretty. The good thing about it is that your whole wardrobe probably mixes and matches. A very satisfactory outcome I would think.
cheers

Jenny said...

You've definitely got some delicious yarns. I am a purple girl too.

Kat Jorgensen said...

Love your yarns, Helen. They're all lovely - Purple is one of my go-to colors too. But Blue is my first love. I consider blue and purple cousins. Very close.

Kat Jorgensen said...

Love your yarns, Helen. They're all lovely - Purple is one of my go-to colors too. But Blue is my first love. I consider blue and purple cousins. Very close.

Alexandra said...

I love all the colors you've posted here! And I agree about using different yarn for different projects, I'm also using more solid colors for cardigans now.

Kepanie said...

What fantastic yarn you have!