Apr 232012
 

3KCBWDAY1 – what does it mean?

Well, crafters are a bloggy bunch, and this week many of the knit and crochet bloggers are harmoniously in unison for the Third Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week. Today’s topic is Color.

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.

I have indisputable, unabashed favorite colors – grey and purple. Greys from dove to cement to charcoal, even the dirty greys like french grey and the almost black ones like basalt. My favorite greys are cool-toned blueish ones.

Which is in opposition to my favorite purples; those are the reddish-plummy ones. Looking through my stash, I have countless variations of that theme.

     

And lots of projects of projects to go with both my color favorites.

     

 

The colors that challenge me I can say with certainty are earth tones. Orangey-brown, yellow-y green; I dont know what to do with them. However, it might just take the right inspiration to get me started. Recently we visited the Big Basin redwood forest in California, and the mossy, craggy bark on this giant really resonated with me.

redwood

I can see a great color progression through blue-green-orange, maybe on a sweeping wrap of some sort, which totally surprises me. That’s the power of color.

 

 

  2 Responses to “Color Lovers”

  1. I am doing a project this year in which I make the 112 items from a knitting calender I was given (mad, crazy, unfinishable logistical nightmare of fun and unfinished projects). My aim was, rather than just making these pieces, to ‘create’ something new with each of them by embellishing with other fabrics and ‘assorted bits’. So I needed a blank canvas to start with and I decided that the easiest blank canvas came in terms of colour. Which colour was the next question. I ended up choosing the neutrally named ‘neutrals’ which have turned out to be quite malleable: greys, whites, creams, blacks, browns and all of those stretching into colours to a degree. It is interesting to do it that way and does make you think about colour. It also forces you away from the colours in the pattern which is quite freeing. You get a different piece in a different colour. I have to agree with you and say that I do have a soft spot for the greys, although I like the warmer ones rather than the blues. I’m also loving the dark, dark navys (I call that a neutral … hey, I make the rules in this project :))