Friday, August 13, 2010

Color Selection

I spend a lot of time looking at, playing with and thinking about color. As a dyer I try to be all inclusive when it comes to color.  Even if a color doesn't grab me personally, someone else may really love it. Right?  And when it comes down to it, there really isn't a color that I don't like.

What intrigues me is how people, knitters in particular, make their color selections.  Do you choose colors because they are fun and exciting?  Do you choose certain colors because you wear them well? Or do you choose colors that somehow speak to you - even if those colors aren't complimentary for you to wear?

I guess it's always a balancing act.  We all have a comfort zone with colors.  But what pulls us out of that zone?  Maybe it's the fiber content and qualities of the yarn as much as the color.

Case in point.  I recently made a pair of socks for myself out of a light, pastel blue.  Normally I am not a pastel person, but I thought the yarn composition was a good match for the pattern.  And it was.  The socks are beautiful, and I'm sure I'll wear them a lot even though they are a powder blue.

Why do you choose the colors you do?  I don't have the answer, but it's something to think about as you make your color choices.

My sister recently treated us to these.

Lego candy.  I'm probably the last person on the planet to find out about these.  Over the years my kids have had thousands and thousands of Lego pieces.  I can't tell you how many times I have cried out in pain after stepping on Legos.  But these candy Legos brought a smile to my face.

And look . . .


. . . you can even stack them like the real thing.  Very clever.

A recent trip to the blueberry patch yielded buckets and buckets full. We picked close to 30 pounds.

Whenever we pick blueberries, I'm reminded of one of my favorite children's books, Blueberries For Sal.  The picking always starts out slowly . . . kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk!  Before long we're on a roll, and the berries no longer make noise dropping into the bucket.

And that's not all we found in the blueberry patch.

Another inspiring color combination.  


Taos Sunflower said...

Lego candies! Who knew? Thanks for the tip. And the blueberries...oh my. I envy you.

Stephanie/Dirty Water DyeWorks said...

And I envy your easy access to green chile.