Orange is one color that I have never, ever liked. Thinking back, I can’t remember one single piece of clothing that I’ve ever owned that is orange. Having grown up in Colorado there is an automatic parallel to me between the color orange and the Denver Broncos, so perhaps that’s a subconscious turn off. In this Year of Color, I’ve decided that I need to explore this long neglected color. There is such a spectrum of variety of orange, most of which will not evoke images of John Elway circa 1985.
It is kind of funny to me that my last two patterns featured orange yarn. For Dak Mai, I used orange and gray simply because that’s what was chosen by the recipient of the prototype. I like the end result but I hate to admit that I probably wouldn’t wear it myself. I’m not really of fan of traditionally autumn colors. For Sputnik the Magnificent I wanted a tabby looking cat, so the orange was just a given. The yarn for that one, Knit Picks Palette in Sweet Potato (see photo at top), is such a great shade. Creamy, I’d call it. I’m really liking the prospect of working with the remainder of this skein and seeing what I can do with it. My first impulse is to match it with an ivory or cream, but I don’t know if that’s really what would be best or if it’s my lack of color matching skills that makes me steer that way.
This weekend while stuck in the house under 20″ of snow I completed a cowl with some handspun yarn from a friend. While not entirely orange, it’s blend does feature some nice pale orange shades. I do believe that I will actually wear this, allowing some of that foreign color to permeate my wardrobe. Baby steps!