Monday, April 23, 2012

3KCBWDAY1: Color

I really enjoyed last year's Knitting & Crochet Blog Week and the most important reason is the challenge it presents! It kicks you out of your comfort zone and inspires you to stretch and expand your viewpoint. Thanks so much to eskimimi for hosting and for spurring us all on to do these fun posts!

The challenge for this first day involves color. 
I decided to dig out my little color wheel and investigate my stash to see if I had any weak points in my own color collection. I tried to use only yarn still in the skein for neatness and to allow for a good group shot. There's no way all the cakes could have fit this tiny roundup!

The first hole I found was in the clear yellow area. I tend to choose more buttery yellows and even those that lean more toward orange. I would have to admit that this is one color I shy away from--mustard yellow, school bus yellow, even daffodil yellow. 
I can't say why. 

I also found an absence of clear green--Kelly green, grass green, spinachy green. Curiously, I prefer those greens with a bit more yellow in them or those with a tilt toward blue. 

Since I write and sell patterns, I feel a responsibility to use all the colors, and I mean all. I guess this means I should try to use more true yellow and true green. That doesn't mean they can't be hand-dyed or variegated, right?

There's so much to learn about color, and there's no way I could even begin to touch on all the ways to use color in one blog post, so I wanted to keep this simple. How I could have gone on and on about the neutrals--greys, beiges, ivories, oh my! And if you've been near my blog recently, you know how much I love trying out color pairings, especially with hand-dyed sock yarns.

So I ask you, to keep it simple...what colors are you neglecting?

27 comments:

Ana BC said...

Lovely post. Found you through Blog week
Ana BC

Natalie Goza said...

That's a hard one! I think I shy away from pastel-y colors for fear of looking like an easter bonnet or something cheesey.

I have been told I should stay away from yellow because I am a blonde, but I have never let my skin or hair color take a color off my list. If I like a color I use it!

Happy Blog week! I love the color wheel picture- beautiful! Cannot wait to see the rest of the week.

Vanessa said...

I'm neglecting yellows, purples, blacks, whites, browns, and greys. And that's what I know off the top of my head!

MWitch3 said...

I'm in a similar boat to you- I tend to neglect yellow and orange- it's not that I don't like those colors, I just don't look good in those colors :)

Love your color wheel pic!

Lynn said...

Love your post and you are so right about the challenge of blog week- I love a challenge! Anyway I guess I'd have to say I avoid pastels - pink in particular - until someday maybe if I have grandkids that "need" knits. Happy Blog Week!

Suzanne said...

What a lovely post! I neglect black, if that is a colour. I also neglect very bright rainbow colours together, I like it when colours are a bit toned down.

I'm enjoying blog week for the 1st time and I find it very inspirational. Enjoy the rest of the week!

josiekitten said...

I definitely steer clear of yellows, oranages and browns. Your colour wheel is a great idea.

Carolina22 said...

I love the color wheel photo! It's so much fun to see how everyone addresses this issue. I also neglect yellows and greens...and I have hazel eyes so green might look good....hmmm something to think about. Happy Blog Week!

Kell said...

What a great idea to pull out your color wheel. Wonderful picture and post. There are some shades of pink that are missing from my stash and some peaches. I tend to go for darker, earthier colors rather than primary colors.

Sarah (Crafts From The Cwtch) said...

I tend not to use the earthy colours very much but that's simply because the requests (mainly from my children) aren't for those colours and I don't wear them much.

Here's my post on the same topic: http://www.craftsfromthecwtch.co.uk/2012/04/kcbw-day-1-colour-lovers.html

Pumpkin said...

I also stay away from yellow and I'm not sure why, there are so many wonderful shades out there! Great picture too!

Hazel Raison said...

I too stay away from yellow, though if I had to I'd take mustard yellow over any other yellow.

Misty said...

I enjoyed seeing you bust out the color wheel to examine your stash! :)

I don't have much yellow either, it's hard to find a shade I look good in, so I almost never use it (at least for things I would wear).

I always enjoy reading your blog!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

peachy colors...and white, is white a color or the absence of color?

juicyknits said...

I rarely use green.

Monica said...

Love your yarn color wheel! I avoid all pastels especially pinks, green and violet.

Jess Schleicher said...

I too am neglecting yellows. I finally have a decent stash of greens (my real favorite color). Love that I found your blog.

Kepanie said...

So clever of you to use a color wheel to investigate your stash!
I'm neglecting yellows and oranges for sure.

Leslie said...

I really like your color wheel idea, I'll have to try it.
Everyone needs a well-rounded stash!

jessyz said...

As a designer too I always feel I need to try and use more colors but ironically I always feel that certain colors are more appealing when they are knit and photographed. I also thought that I rarely used certain colors but when I looked through my FO pictures I realized I actually used most colors in my knitting and crocheting. And yes those varriagated yarns used to scare me, but I realize even those can be gorgeous if matched with the right patterns

Caffeine Girl said...

Using a color wheel? Who'd have thought? What a clever idea?

I neglect the neutrals. Gotta stop that!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I tend to ignore reds, oranges, and yellows.

Evelyn said...

I need to get myself a color wheel! I'm doing much better this year adding more color to my stash but I think I need to continue to add more reds. It's such a beautiful color and I always love red knits.

Bonnie said...

I have very little yellow in my stash. I feel okay about that. I just knit what I love, and I don't love the way yellow makes me look like I have a liver problem! :)

fig said...

Thanks to you all--so fun to hear everyone's color preferences!

Happy Knitter said...

Where did you find a pocket size color wheel

Jen Hagan said...

Happy Knitter, I got this one from my local craft store in the arts supply department. You should be able to find one in any arts supply department of a craft store. If you have none near you, you can buy one from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Color-Wheel-3501-Pocket/dp/B008UGHFH2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454603948&sr=8-1&keywords=pocket+color+wheel