Monday, 23 April 2012

Colour Lovers - 3KCBWDAY1

I am so excited that we are kick starting the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2012 today.
The idea came from Eskimimimakes who gave everyone who liked to participate topics to play with for each day.

Today's topic is this:

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.

Colour is so important and is one of my main reasons for purchasing anything - clothes, every day items, bedding - the colour just has to be right.
I have always been drawn to pinks for some reason, maybe because I use to be such a tomboy. I used to wear proper Lederhosen and dress in earth tones, hanging around with the boys, climbing trees rather than playing with girls and dolls.
But even though I am always buying pink things, you hardly find me wear that colour...weird, no? The majority of my wardrobe consists of black clothes. Maybe a little beige thrown on occasions, but certainly not pink.

For even stranger reasons, when I look to knit or crochet items of clothing I never choose black. I wonder why that is, seeing that I don't really wear colourful clothes...
When I look at a pattern I am not influenced at all by the colour, it is generally the style or the technique that draws me in and I start to look at my favourite online stores to check out colour ways that would appeal to me.

Oddly enough though, the other day when I was looking for some inspiration, I came across a Sirdar pattern for a cardigan and I loved the colour combination so much that I bought - for the first time ever - the exact colours and yarns as given in the pattern.

As for pillow covers or blankets that I crochet for our front room, well they all have to feature mainly purple tones as our room looks like this:

So, what would you expect to find in my yarn stash colour wise? I honestly thought that I had mainly pinks, blues and greens in there, but imagine my surprise when  the first layer revealed this:
and the bottom layer told this story:

What have I learned today by looking in more depth at what colour I choose for my knitting and crocheting?
It looks to me like I am an earth tone kinda girl and if in doubt I go for the neutral beige tones.

  • I want to change that and set myself a target of using at least one bright colour this year which with I am either knitting or crocheting an item of clothing.

P.S. - Just in case you may want to know, I am sitting out tomorrow post as a photography challenge is not if interest to me


  1. What a cool post, isn't it a bit weird to look at your stash? I was looking at mine and my finished projects thinking - hmmmm, need a change of scenery here, a bit drab!
    I love yours though. The plums and purples, I think I will try to combine more of those colours in future!

  2. Oh, you have also quite a few purples/ pinks in your stash as well. Nice colours.

    Btw, I also think of sitting out tomorrow's challenge.

  3. Sirdar Crofter is such a great yarn, isn't it ? And I like how much Stylecraft you have: they have such a great range of colors :-)

  4. I am mostly a neutral girl, too. My most favorite color of all is chocolate brown. I love to wear neutrals, and I love them in my house.....although I am drawn to brighter colors. Just don't really use them when it comes to personal choices. :) I look forward to seeing what you end up doing.

  5. Lovely post! I love the way in which you decided to take us through your stash!

  6. I'm not much of a pink girl, but when I saw the picture of the yarns for the Sirdar pattern, my heart leaped and I thought "ooooooohh pretty!" You just never know what will speak to you.

  7. Lovely colours in your stash. I'm finding today's topic so interesting.

    Here's my post on colour:


  8. Are you two personalities trying to come together? lol Good luck with the sweater, looks very nice.

  9. Ooh, gorgeous yarn/pattern combo for that Sirdar!


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