Jan 172012


Knit Pick’s fingering weight yarn Palette is my new favorite yarn.  I’ve been all about colorwork knits this winter and Palette is so versatile for this purpose.  And look at the variety of colors to choose from!  Sometimes even if I don’t have a project to be picking yarn for, I love to just peruse these pages and daydream about the colors.  Then I think about pairing colors and I get so completely overwhelmed that I have to put it away.

All of my colorwork project recently have involved one color paired with a cream or white.  See my Recess for Grownups.  Or this here cat.  I have the pattern for this in the works and I forced myself to not pick a neutral color yarn for the pattern sample.  Two colors!  Next to each other!  So weird.

My color wheel and my stash dare to meet. Someday they will learn to get along.

I have nothing against the idea of color, I feel like I just don’t know how to work them.  A few months back I bought a color wheel in hopes that it would aid me in my color coordinating quests.  I played with it for a good while, dyed a few skeins with my choices, and was less than thrilled with my end results. I’m not sure what was wrong, it just didn’t look right.  I think I need some practice to hone my color skills.

Or I need to dust off my dartboard, place the wheel in the center, and let chance do it better.  I like this option.




 January 17, 2012  Year of Color Tagged with: ,  2 Responses »
Jan 082012

I do believe my yellow Aidez sweater has started a snowball effect of color in my knitting world. I recently completed the above shawl (Cladonia) which is a color combination that I could never see myself in. I had originally chosen the rainbow yarn for my daughter and the yellow for a friend but both sank to the bottom of my stash. I never would have dared knit either for myself. But now I love it.

In the weeks since finishing the cardigan and the shawl, I find myself gravitating to brighter and brighter colors. Yesterday some of my knitting friends and I ventured down to the brand spanking new Fancy Tiger location (AMAZING, by the way!) and my eyes went to all the vibrant colors that I would have passed over a year ago. It’s like having a new set of eyes!

I walked away with a few skeins yesterday, one of which was this great fuchsia Peace Fleece with which I want to knit myself a Molly.

When I got home I laughed at the realization that this is not unlike the color pink that my hair use to commonly be years ago.

Perhaps my sticking to blond and red hair has contributed to my need for bright color in my otherwise neutral wardrobe.  Oh, my beloved pink, you will adorn my head once again!

I hope to keep this up for the rest of 2012.  Perhaps I’ll venture more into orange and blues, those colors which never dare enter my dresser.  I’m excited to see what this year brings!

 January 8, 2012  knitting, Year of Color Tagged with: , , , , , ,  4 Responses »