I love color. One of my favorite things is to feast my eyes on all the wonderful colors available in a yarn store. Jewel tones are my preferred palette but I have a complete obsession with variegated yarns. Finding the perfect superwash variegated yarn was a huge challenge for me for many years until I realized that hand washing worked better for my hand knits anyway and I didn’t really mind washing the kids special knits. It was probably better for my pocketbook when I only bought superwash but whole new horizons have been opened to me since I have expanded my yarn bases. I love Malabrigo and Manos del Uruguay yarns but I am now discovering the love of Mosaic Moon. I think my obsession with variegation started when I was a new knitter because the beauty of the yarn would hide the imperfections in my knitting! Now that I feel more confident in my abilities and have expanded my knitting repertoire I find myself heading more towards solids and semi-solids that will show off the knitting.
If I am color shopping for myself I tend to go for teals, red
and purples. Can you tell I am a winter?
I had to place a personal shopping ban on teal yarns because I had so many it
got a little ridiculous. When I first started knitting I would just buy a skein
of yarn here and there if the color appealed to me but now I try to have a
specific project in mind before I actually purchase yarn. It helps to rein myself in and really there are
only so many teal hats that one girl needs! My personal favorite yarns in my
stash right now are a Blue Sky Alpaca Melange in Pomegranate and a Malabrigo in
Abril. I think that color is a huge part of your finished garment. As I have gotten better an more confident in
my knitting and as I plan more projects out more in advance I think about the
intended recipient and what color is going to work for them rather than the
color of the sample. That being said I
find that I am drawn to patterns that have samples that catch my eye!
One good thing about being a mom to boys is that it has expanded
my color palette! If you can imagine my
husband frowns on dressing the boys in pinks and purples. Blues wouldn’t be my
first choice normally but my oldest son has the bluest eyes ever so it’s fun to
find yarns to match his eyes. There is nothing better than pulling on a sweater
I have made for him and having his eyes just light up.
Now for someone who loves color my greatest area of weakness is color
work. It terrifies me, utterly and truly frightens me to death. I’m not sure
why. I know I possess the skills to
carry at least a few strands of yarn
together but I can’t seem to get over my phobia. So for now at least I will go on being
obsessed with variegated yarn and solid yarns done in cables and oohing and
aaahing over other people’s gorgeous fair isle sweaters or even gently
suggesting to my mother (who is a fantastic lifelong knitter) that this or that
colorwork project would make a lovely birthday gift. Someday I will
tackle something more difficult than stripes! Maybe it will be this sweater
which has been living on my Raverly queue for a least a year but combines not
only color work but my second biggest fear- steeking!