Monday, 23 April 2012

KCBW Day 1 - Colour Lovers

Hello! I am delighted to be taking part in Knitting & Crochet Blog Week 2012 and to welcome any new visitors (and if you don't already know about KCBW, each day this week I'll be joining hundreds of other crafty bloggers to bring you a series of posts on given topics.)

Today's brief: 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. (3KCBWDAY1)

This one is easy....
I really do love ALL colours. As a nature lover I'm constantly astounded by the different colours that are presented in the sky, in the flora and fauna, and the way that the different light conditions affect them. It's often the context and contrast that makes the individual colours "pop" and that is what really appeals to me. The local fields are currently filled with rapeseed and some days it's so bright it's truly breath-taking. At certain times of the day, the blue sky contrasted with the white clouds that precede April showers makes me stop in my tracks - usually to take photos! As the seasons change, so do my favourite colours.
Considering I love all of the colours, if one were to look at my projects on Ravelry, it may be a surprise to find a disproportionate quantity of pinks, blues and purples. 

There are a number of reasons for this including the kids' preferences for their own garments and the fact that with an olive-tinged skin I can't get away with wearing many shades of orange, yellow or green unless I have a suntan. Unfortunately, living in Northern Europe, this limits me to about one or two weeks a year where these colours suit me. Regular readers will also know that I like things to match or co-ordinate and as I make quite a lot of accessories, this means my yarn choice is often linked to the outfit/shoes/handbag the FO is to be used with. For this reason, I seem to have lots of matching yarn and handbags *blush* maybe that's another photo for another day. 

If you'd like to see how other people select their colour, you can find the related posts KCBW here
See you tomorrow! 


  1. I love your matching yarn and handbags tendencies ;) I have a rainbow of handbags and really need to start matching them up to my yarn!

    Your sky photos are always so pretty too!

  2. It's funny when people say they like 'natural' colours, as some of the colours in nature are far from natural somehow! I love colour too, although I'm not sure I wear a lot of rainbow colours myself, and I am not a match sort of person, so I'm totally uncoordinated when it comes to dressing and crochet I think!

  3. I love your pinks and purples so much ! p.s. have stolen a pic of yours for my blog today, I kind of assumed you won'e mind *blush*

    N x

  4. Love your post. Just a note to let you know that I've started a new Pinterest board to collect the top photos from KCBW and you're definitely included!

  5. What a happy coloured post! Makes me want to make hexies! *getting my needles out*

  6. I love all your hexi's. Can't wait to see the FO, it's going to be amazing.

  7. I'm just checking out your boobs, not your actual boobs, your knitting pattern, haha. I have a friend who's a LLL leader and she's asked me to knit her a boob for training.

    I love your hexipuffs, I almost want to make some, just to play with them.

  8. It's funny i dont "wear" much pink or blue, but i love dyeing with those colours! They are so romantic lol and they suit you so well. xx

  9. So many pretty colors! I love that variegated yarn, and I love the colors of nature, too. I'm in California, where the natural landscape is glowing with green right now.

  10. Oh, the lure of the Hexipuffs!! I made one. Then I cast on another, and then I stopped! But when I see such hexi rainbow fun, it makes me want to jump home and get them out again!

  11. Looove the colours of your hexis. Makes me want to go buy the pattern!

  12. I know what you mean about the olive skin. My mom said that's why I don't use much yellow yarn. Thanks for the beautiful post. I'll look for you on Instagram--currently addicted to it, I am!

  13. I agree, the hexipuff shot is so striking! It is great to see such a range of colors.

  14. Your art truly matches nature. Lovely post.
    Glad to find you through Blog Week.
    Will be seeing you.
    Ana BC

  15. Beautiful colours, I should follow you on Ravelry ;)
    See you tomorrow

  16. I've been resisting the hexipuff temptation but your beautiful photo is weakening me!

  17. OMGosh! LOVE, love those handbags. You have fantastic taste in them and I always love the peek-a-boo of your Louie ;O). I should use mine w/any handbag also.
    You do love color and are so fearless in it. Your projects and lovely disposition is what really attracted me to your blog and sold me as a follower!

  18. I love your colour mosaics - the hexipuffs in particular are scrumptious

  19. Great blog, thanks for reading my knittinga and crochet blog week post :D I love the hexipuff things they look fabulous :)

  20. Gorgeous pictures, I totally love it when nature decides to gift us with glorious colors.

  21. Love your beautiful pics and those hexipuffs are to die for! I am sure they would be beyond my knitting skills but that doesn't stop me dreaming! Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. E x

  22. Excellent photography and some fabulous colours!

    Nice to find you during Blog week!

    B x


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