I knit and crochet because I love the colour and texture of yarn I work with. They are in equal first position. There have been occasions I’ve bought yarn on the internet as it looked right, only to cause disappointment as the texture wasn’t what I was expecting or it was just a washed-out version of the photo selling it. So really, I can’t divorce colour from texture in my yarn. The two together make up the entire tactile experience. Perhaps the best example of colour being linked to everything else is when I was speaking to a friend who is blind, and has been from birth. She had very recently acquired a guide dog and we were all becoming acquainted. Whilst gently massaging the silky-velvety ears, I commented on the dog’s colour and my friend said that she really wanted to “see” the colour of her new companion. I told her that her new guide was exactly the colour of the smell of freshly baked bread and she understood.
Like many, I gravitate towards certain colours. In my heart I really know that I don’t need another burnt orange jumper/top. But show me a colour spectrum of yarn and inevitably I will touch the orange one first. Closely followed by some truly wonderful colours I’ve labelled (incorrectly) as non-colours – purply taupe, Kenyan coffee mushroom, lagoon-green, moonlight grey, iridescent green. To me they are non-colours as they fall in between the obvious colours on charts. I love them all. And if they are on a self-striping yarn, it guarantees an instant buy, usually irrespective of price.
And of course, if there is a hint of sparkle, a bit of lurex, a few sequins here and there, all the better. Well, can’t a girl have a little fun?
My stash and my colour choices all reflect this love of the weird and wonderful and my projects this year have all been on the colourful end of the spectrum – not one single colour anywhere! Any poor bee coming into contact with my stash and projects is likely to go into a frenzy of activity, flying from yarn to yarn to savour each bright and soft strand before plopping exhausted into a basket of skeins waiting to be turned into hanks.
Thank you to www.rashdala.com for providing the colours and photos.
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