There’s a woman in my knitting group who is always commenting about my color choices. She often says something like, “I would never think to put those colors together.” I can’t really tell if it’s a true compliment of my sense of color or a veiled insult. One time she said those exact words while I was knitting a swatch of a dark blue color pattern on a heather brown background (below, from a while ago, never became more than a swatch). Nothing monumental or out of the ordinary, but she felt compelled to point out my “interesting color choice.”
The way I see it, I don’t care about color that much…and at the same time I care about it deeply. I will try anything, I will push boundaries if I feel like it, but if it’s not working color-wise, I will rip it out. No biggie. I spend a lot of time at yarn stores and with my stash throwing balls of yarn around to see what works. My favorite thing to do is to find the color that is most repulsive and throw it in to the mix. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not.
The other day my local yarn store was having their annual sale and they had a bunch of bags of yarn marked at a deep discount. Many of the bags were kits, but when I saw the bag of Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed (see it on Rav), I snatched it up just as quick as I could, caring more about the price than the fact that it was purple. When I got it home I realized that 1) it was purple 2) it was purple and 3) it was purple. I never wear purple! In my haste to purchase I also disregarded the fact that there were only nine balls – not enough to make a proper sweater for myself.
So I went back to the yarn store on day two of the sale. My goal was to find more purple (I knew that they wouldn’t have it) or find some contrasting colors of the same yarn for a yoke design (I knew that this, too, was a long shot). Of course they were out of the Silkroad Aran Tweed, but with the help of the lovely employees at the store, I decided that I could use some similar tweedy yarns: Donegal Aran Tweed from Debbie Bliss and Plymouth Tweed. These yarns don’t have that cloud-like feel of the Jo Sharp Tweed, but they have the same look. I got down on the floor and threw a bunch of balls around. When I got home I tested the colors together on a swatch.
“I likey,” I thought to myself.
So I cast on a sleeve.
Purple as a main color mixed with gold, brown, blue and oatmeal. Perhaps an atypical color palate; perhaps even butt ugly. But for reals, every time I look at this sleeve I love it more and more. And more!
For the record, I am going to flaunt this the next time I see that woman at our knitting group and I cannot wait to see what she says.