Monday, April 23, 2012

3KCBWDAY1 - Colour Lovers

So excited that Knitting and Crochet Blog week is finally here! To join in the fun you can check out the details here.  Today's topic is all about color, I'm using the image from Eskimimi's site to explain what today's post is all about. :)

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.

As I started thinking about this post this weekend I thought to myself, this would be easy because as a painter and artist I love color and we have lots of it all over our house.  From bright happy tones to more muted soft tones.  But then when I pulled out my daughter's favorite pieces {most of my crochet work is for her or for others ....I also realized I needed to make some more stuff for me too this weekend! lol} I noticed a huge trend in the color pallet for her. So this post will be about her and I since most of my crochet items are for her so its a melding of her and I's tastes and color love. 

The clothes I make for her are all a more muted tone, with yarns that give off a vintage elegant feel.  My daughter and I pick out yarns together for her clothes, she always has the final say and I think its pretty interesting that this past year she has picked more muted soft tones.  If you saw her bedroom you would understand...its color happy and oh so busy. ;) 

Which is most likely why she picked this bright and colorful yarn for her new blanket for her room.  I will have to get a better photo of it....the colors are deep and rich and the the photo does not do it justice at all. 

While I love the yarn colors and think they are really pretty, its something that I would never pick for myself.  

I looked through my HUGE stash {I might very well be a yarn hoarder....those deals and sales on my favorite yarns get me every time!! lol} and these four colors {plus a spring green that I forgot to throw in the photo} grabbed my attention first. I love the soft muted feel of them.  The two yarns on the left are a soft bamboo blend and are def. my go two colors/yarns when making things for my daughter and I because they are my favorites as well as hers. The two on the right are a soft acrylic and the beautiful muted tones just really speak to me right now.  Ask me in another month and my thoughts might change....I def. use colors depending on my mood or what season I am going to be wearing it in. I guess I should probably be thinking about the finished piece but I usually don't do that...I just let the yarn "speak to me" and pick colors that way.  I like more basic muted or neutral colors for winter, earthy colors for fall, and brighter {still muted} colors for spring and summer like blues, pinks, purples, spring green, coral, ect..

Lately my daughter has been experimenting with color more than me....picking out more bright tones for her crochet accessories.  This is a scarf she is working on all by herself, she is hoping to finish it by the end of the summer....I like that her goals are reasonable and doable :)

This was my big experiment with color this year, a bright blue cowl.  I love the color and its fun to wear but I tend to go with my more muted pieces before wearing this one.  Not sure why because its so beautiful and soft.  I have one of these in a grey that I wear a lot in the cooler months and that is usually my go to piece for keeping warm. 

So what did I learn from this blog post? 
My daughter and I have a love of soft muted tones in yarns that are soft, elegant, and vintage feeling.  We experiment with color in the way of accessories, her more than I. :) 

Want to see more posts on color love?  Just search for 3KCBWDAY1 in your google search and blogs with this tag will pop up for your viewing pleasure. :)  

Tomorrow's post is 
Photography Challenge Day!
Today challenges you to be creative with your photography, and get yourself in with the chance to win the photography prize. Taking interesting photographs in this instance isn't about flashy cameras or a great deal of technical know-how, it's about setting up a story or scene in a photograph and capturing something imaginative. Your photograph(s) should feature something related to your craft, so that might be either a knitted or crocheted item, yarn, or one of your craft tools. One example of setting a scene would be to photograph a girl in a knitted red cape walking through the woodlands with a basket of goodies, as in the Red Riding Hood tale, or you might photograph a knitted gnome hiding among the flowers in your garden. Photo editing is permitted for competition photos. Here are a few examples of my own photographs to illustrate an imaginative use of photography, but you can do much better than these...
Image from Eskimimi Makes. :)


  1. Your daughter has a great knack for colors, I like all of those! That first blanket looks especially gorgeous and fun!

    1. Thank you Lisa! I will tell her what you said, she loves getting feedback. :) The colors in that blanket are def. fun and are perfect for a little girl who loves colors.

  2. I love the multi colored yarns you have. I too choose lots of yarn colors based on what my daughter likes at the moment (she is 4, so she is changing her favorite color every few months)

    1. Thank you! I think as moms we want to create lots of beautiful things for our kids, which takes time so there is not always a ton of time left over for things for us. Which is fine by me, I love seeing her happy face when she gets a new finished item. Priceless. :)
      Lately my daughter is really changing up her color pallet and her style, which is so neat to watch it develop. She will be nine next month. In case you were wondering the multi colored yarns are Everyday Soft Worsted Anti- Pilling in Northern Lights and Parrot. I usually like bamboo and wool blends {more natural fibers} but this yarn is super soft and has some great color pallets.

  3. The yarn for your blanket looks great! Wonderful colors!
    I am amazed about your daughter's crochet, great work and a wonderful pattern for the scarf.
    Wool hoarder, oh that sounds so familiar ;-)

    1. hehe I am glad I am not alone in the yarn hoarding! ;)
      Thank you for your sweet words! My daughter is very lucky in the fact that she picks things up very quickly whether it be school, dance, or crafting. She has really blossomed with her crochet and only needs help once in awhile with her joins. I'm so impressed and wish I had that talent! lol The pattern is not mine, I will be blogging about it hopefully this week or this weekend and will include the pattern then. :)


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