This is the first in a series in participation with Eskimimi's Knit and Crochet Blog Week 2012. Day one everyone is writing under the theme "Colour Lovers".
Knitting with yarn is a physical experience of color. Usually, you experience color only with your eyes, but knitting takes your favorite color and gives it character; lends it a 3D story that you tell with your hands and then wear on your head, arms, or feet, touching every stitch along the way. Sure, you can eat your favorite red strawberries or raspberries, but you don't necessarily eat those fruits because they're red. You eat them for the taste and even that taste is such a fleeting sensation that it is only as satisfying as the next strawberry, or blueberry or pomegranate. The process of knitting conjures the physical sensation of a color and prolongs it.
Knitting with a favorite color is a hundred-thousand stitch marathon that turns into a living history. A pink shawl that took a year to knit might be worn to a series of summer weddings. An orange pair of socks knit in a weekend might warm your feet through a few difficult winters. In knitting, the appreciation of a color only continues once the knitted garment is completed.
Since color is such an important consideration, how does one choose a color in a yarn?
Look for Yarns in Your Favorite Colors
My all time favorite colors somehow remind me of my favorite treats, and not highbrow ones. I'm not thinking of cupcakes or petit fours. I'm talking your favorite sweets found in gas stations.
Bottles of Grenadine
I love grenadine so much that I've been known to dye my hair this color. (ok so you don't find those at the gas station, but you can find Hawaiian Punch)
You can see these colors borne out in my knitting:
The blue icarus shawl, which was made with Fiddlesticks Knitting Jaggerspun in "Aegean", which we used to refer to as "Angela" blue.
Going through my many projects I knit with a lot of pink:
Sometimes you get lucky and you get all of your favorite colors in one skein as I did in Lorna's Laces Desert Flower.
There are other reasons to choose a color in a yarn:
- The yarn you need to use doesn't come in your favorite color.
- Your favorite color isn't your dad's favorite color (because he really doesn't need a fuchsia v-neck vest).
- Your favorite color doesn't actually look good on you.
- You are sick of knitting with pink
Whatever the reason you choose the color you knit with, you know it's a special commitment because this knitted garment won't just last through your knitting, but it also has the potential with proper care to outlast you. Think of all of the knitted artifacts out there. Clapotis scarves that may be passed down to children and grandchildren. Swirl blankets that might be loved by your children's children. Knitting is a love affair with color with the power to last through the ages, so choose carefully.