Color Matters

Hi Everyone,

We want to send out a big thank you to all of our World Wide Knit in Public Day visitors. Saturday saw a lovely crowd on-hand here at the studio to sit, spin, chat, knit, and enjoy other makers’ company. We drew names for several giveaways; however, like Elvis, some folks had already left the building so we will be contacting those winners about their prizes.

Color Matters

This week we are going to talk about color because, let’s face it, color DOES matter. Most of us have a palette within which we are comfortable. Perhaps we have consulted a color expert at some point and were told we are an autumn or a winter, etc., and we have strictly conformed to those criteria. Many of us would like to branch out…experiment…live a little. Here are a few interesting factoids about yarn and color:

  • Seventy percent (70%) of yarnies buy the same color(s) shown in a pattern photo or in a shop sample.
  • Color can evoke both emotional and physiological responses and may impact mood, hunger, energy/fatigue, and a sense of space.
  • Color often represents season, team spirit, or even familial coats of arms.
  • The term for fear of color is chromophobia.

Many yarnies are uncomfortable when a new palette is suggested to them; others just cannot envision a completed project in a color not pictured. Because most LYS owners simply cannot afford to have a sample made in every color way or all the latest projects, here are a few tips to help match projects with color ways, which are not necessarily available as a sample.

  1. Identify projects you like based on criteria other than color (e.g. overall shape, size, stitch types, flexibility with style, skill level, et al).
  2. Seek shop samples or other project photos, which have traits similar to the project you have identified to see what those items look like in other dye types (how the color is applied). Are those projects that appeal most to you completed in gradients, tonals, natural, or speckled yarns?
  3. Seek a yarn base, which is appropriate for the project (e.g. yarn weight, texture, fiber make-up, and season).
  4. After you have identified a dye type and a yarn base, select those color ways that most attract you or look best with your complexion. Do NOT be afraid to hold a skein up next to your face in front of a mirror. Ask to see other project samples in those color ways if they are available–even if they are not in the same yarn base.
  5. Follow this formula:
    pattern + dye type + yarn base + color way = PERFECT PROJECT FOR YOU

We’ve included project photos of Match & Move by Martina Behm in three different color combinations as an example of color flexibility. This one project demonstrates three very different color personalities.

Just remember, even though color matters, it’s not something to fear. So…what’s the next chapter of your color story?

Happy…and colorful…stitching, y’all!