Monday, 23 April 2012

3KCBWDAY1 - Brown In Town......

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 love colour! I think all knitters and crafters do! 

I like strong, saturated colours. Being pale-skinned, pastels just seem to wash me out and I'm never attracted to them.

Over the years I have noticed that I'm always attracted to blues and greens and teals. Sometimes a pink or orange or sunny yellow yarn will catch my eye and make me smile. But my first instinct is to go for oceanic tones! 

Mmmmm teal.......

The fact that colours do not have to match and do not have to be tonal has been a big lesson for me. I love an eclectic mix of colours together. This has led to some rather disastrous striped 'stash-busting' projects.....

The colour that a garment is knit can be important, I try to pay attention but sometimes I just want to jump in and use what I have to see how it looks. I have decided that I will never knit a garment in black yarn because it does not show detail well and attracts all the fluff and lint present within a 5 mile radius! Having two cats has helped in this decision :)

I do not like brown, my father always told me never to wear brown in town, and since we lived in town, I never wore it! But I've recently found that I quite like brown-toned rather than silver-toned greys. The greys are richer for their slight earthiness and I'm really liking how it's working with the orange in my stripe study. So I think grey-browns may be the way forward!

Stripe study in Zettl Treviso

To read all about other peoples' love of colour from those taking part in Knitting and crochet blog week, simply perform a Google search for the tag 3KCBWDAY1.


  1. Aren't Dad's funny with their sayings? Never wear brown in town :) My dad has always called me Daphne Delphinium (for goodness sake I'm 47 with brown hair and brown eyes!) but I wouldn't have it any other way. Loving the Stripe Study shawl, is it finished? x

  2. Hi Tracy, Aaaw I like delphiniums, pretty and tall. That must be what he means :)

    The stripe study is indeed finished :) I think it needs a gentle block and then I'll get pics up for FO Friday!