Monday, 23 April 2012

3KCBW Day 1: Color Lovers

Shadowscape Tarot

OK, today kicks off Day 1 in the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week: you can find all the details over at Mimi's place - it's not too late to join in, and there's loads of luvverly prizes to be won, including soaps made by yours truly ....

I vacillated somewhat over whether to take part this year, as I find right now that the topics are quite challenging for me, and I'm kinda lazy. So let's start and see what happens, shall we, my lucky readers ?
Today's topic is:

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.

 Looking through my 99 projects recorded at Ravelry, no, you can't tell what is my favorite color at all, I don't think. This is because I haven't yet knitted myself anything - everything I have made in the last ... umm ... 3 1/2  years since I took up knitting again and simultaneously joined Ravelry, has been made for other people, mainly family members and friends.

There's a fair bit of pink and blue, because of having Destructo Boy and Mini Diva to knit for, although I am sad to tell you Mini Diva is really pretty much over pink: ''it immaculately sucks, Mum''; and also because I have done a fair bit of knitting for babies -I am a traditionalist most of the time.

There are some few colors that I can really enjoy and appreciate, but knowing that they are not my kind of color; for example, I knew immediately what colorways I needed for the Very Important Ladies' Shawls (VILS) I'm making this year:

Auntie Vera's Karise
Auntie Hazel's Lady Bertram

Auntie Fashion's Candleflame
 can't say who this is for yet

And then, there will be shawls using these colorways: 

Crazy Zauberball in Olive
Artesano 4ply Alpaca in Sweetpea
I think you will agree from even this small sampling, that knitting for others allows me a pretty unrestricted scope when it comes to color. My stash is just as varied; but it does contain something I actually bought to make something for myself. Unfortunately the project is in a (permanent) time out, as I had a huge learning experience when it came to substituting yarn, and how not only yarn weight but also considering the meterage is Really Important ... it is such a pretty color, too:

Patons Flower Garden (discontinued)
A very rough count shows the majority of my projects (30 or so) are in the pink/purple color range; the next nearest is the blue family with about 18. But remember, I have made nothing for myself: so I think it would be fair to say that since one cannot really extrapolate too far from the one yarn that is mine, therefore, as regards color, I remain a woman of mystery.

To check out all the other posts for Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, just pop '3KCBWDAY1' into Google, and start reading. In the words of Captain Oates, you may be some time ....



  1. *impressed face* 99 projects recorded at Ravelry. You are almost indecent in the amount of quality stuff you can turn out. I have knitted one thing. Ever. I may knit it again in a different colour.

    Will checking out the other blogs give me the injection of enthusiasm that I need to get going?!

    Ali x

  2. You are amazing to knit so much for others, I'm much more selfish. I also find it very hard to knit something for another person since I don't always feel confident enough. I often think the project isn't perfect enough and I get stressed out while knitting :p. I have made gifts for people, but only for close friends or family. That way I know what they like and that they will tell me honestly if they like it.

    I envy you and your skills!! That pink/purple shawl is amazing.

  3. So, uh, what is your favourite colour then?!

    I can't believe you haven't made anything for yourself yet - I'm such a selfish/slow knitter that my loved ones only get the occasional knitted item from me! Always a beautiful piece that they'll love, at least!

  4. Maybe instead of your favorite color I should be attempting to figure out what Mini Diva's new favorite hue shall be. I'm leaning towards purple, though I have a feeling she is rather assertive at times and that may lead toward orange ;)

  5. Make something for yourself, woman!

  6. I'm with AC - you can dooooo iiiiiitttt! I do the one for you, two for me routine. :)

    And I think I know your favorite color - so there. But we've swapped, so I have an inside track. :)

  7. I mainly find myself knitting and crocheting for others weird, hu?
    Love that your colour are so different and I adore all the projects that you have shown

  8. Ooooh colours! My favourite crafty topic :) You've completed 99 projects, wow! I so need to get my behind in gear and make better use of the wonderfulness that is Ravelry. I love your shawls, especially the pink mix and secret sea green ones... they're beautiful! :)

  9. I think you need to start knitting for YOU!!!


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