I’m participating in the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. Today is all about color.
I love warm colors. I love cool colors. I’m attracted to anything that inspires a strong positive emotion (pumpkin orange, you and I are the best of friends). I’ll even admit to a grudging appreciation for those colors that incite a strong negative response (Chartreuse, we’re going to have to agree to disagree).
A quick snapshot of my Ravelry favorites folder reveals project after project in calm, neutral hues. I’m shocked. There are a few items in bright, punchy colors, but for the most part, my favorites folder is graysville USA.
A snapshot of my projects folder–the stuff I’ve actually knitted–tells a different story. I have shawls in vivid grass green and deep rhubarb pink. A yellow cardigan that glows like a candle. Cowls in golden plum, heathered green and pumpkin orange. How on earth does this jive with the contents of my favorites folder? Each and every one of these patterns lived in that folder for at least a little while. What gives?
The answer lies in an analysis of the patterns of origin for each of these knitted projects. A cowl pattern that started out in a cool minty green was knitted in vibrant pumpkin. A shawl originally designed earth toned autumn colors is twice transformed in colors straight out of the produce department. There is only one project that I actually knitted in the same color shown in the pattern (the yellow cardigan).
I’m a juicer. I can’t help juicing things up. I see a pattern and immediately imagine how much more awesome it would be in another color. I can’t leave well enough alone. There’s no such thing.