Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Color Me Red

I tend to go through phases with regard to color and its usage in my work. Last fall and winter I seemed to be alternately in a black/white/gray phase or a blue phase, whether I happened to be knitting, crocheting, weaving, dying or spinning. Actually, this is pretty unusual for me because, by nature, I tend to be a “red girl” (or orange). However, I had blue (and black/white/gray) padding about the recesses of my cerebrum. At the time I felt those colors constantly calling me. They wanted, no, needed, to be seen (over and over again!). So, I happily complied.

However, Saturday I knew the blues were officially over during a yarn dying session with my girl, Jenna. I just couldn’t get enough of anything remotely reddish. Or pinkish. Or orange-ish. You get my drift. Yep, I painted and kettle dyed 1500 yards of yarn in warm brilliance! I would have dyed roving too, but…um…er…I have a bit of roving backlog right now; baskets of fluff sitting patiently by my wheel(s) awaiting transformation. Keep yer shorts on, I’ll get to it!

Anyway, just look at the piles of color I created…



Looks perty eh?

And here is some of my hand-dyed reddish roving spun up…



This will get plied with possibly gold or another reddish iteration. Not quite sure which.

And then there are my current WIPs featuring…Yes, red!

I am working up a Feather and Fan Shawl from Cheryl Oberle’s book, Folk Shawls,in pretty burgundy and copper stripes.



I LOVE this book, which I have had in my possession for nearly a year.



Nonetheless, this is the first pattern I’ve tried. It’s an easy one. Well, except for working with the fiber the pattern calls for that is!



Think super thin, ultra-skinny roving, which pulls apart easily (yes, because it is un-spun). Due to the fragility of the fiber, this WIP just won’t travel well. Needless to say I will be working on this wrap at home only.

On the crochet front, I am working up a Singular Tee from my Knitscene pattern.



Mine will be in sultry red and cool blue-violet. This top is perfect for summer, crocheted in dk weight cotton from Halcyon Yarn, which is apropos because Los Angeles has begun to feel the heat of the season! Last Saturday and Sunday saw temps in the 90’s!

What colors are speaking to you at the moment? Inquiring minds you know.

15 comments:

Caroline B said...

Love those red hues! But being a pale British blonde, I just can't wear 'em! I always lean towards the blues & turquoise, marine colours and occasionally bright in-yer-face pink.

Chelsea the Yarngeek said...

I've been leaning towards blues and greens all winter with the occasional gold or purple accent. But lately I'm starting to feel drawn to browns. It's not a normal color for me to be drawn to and I'm a little thrown. But, oh well! Brown, russet, taupe... Here I come!

Annika said...

I am in a yellow and pink phase. Right now I have on the needles: one yellow sweater/tee, one yellow/orange sock, one pink lace scarf, one pink lace stole. Also a reddish brown sock, but red is a natural extension from the yellow-orange spectrum. (Um, that is not all that's OTN, it's just what I am working on semi-actively.)

Ellen Bloom said...

Hmmmm...Yum...double yum...orange, cranberry, rusty! Perfection.

Katrin said...

I'm into red, too! I recently purchased some lovely cotton/silk blend in a color named Campari (dark red) and some bright red ribbon yarn. I'm not sure what to do out of those yet, I just keep padding them and whisper "how beautiful" :D

kateohkatie said...

Greens, blues, and a hint of purple...just like always. In fact, I recently realized that on my next shopping trip I need to put forth a concerted effort to buy colors outside that family...some warm creamy yellows, intense reds, hot hot pinks...

Miranda said...

So pretty. I bet they look even better once you make them into something!

Lynne E. said...

That tee is the nicest pattern in the issue. I love it when designers come up with attractive, wearable, crocheted garments.

Cat said...

Beautiful and warm. I should head toward the rusts and reds also. I've forever got my head in the blues. You've inspired me.

Julie said...

I appear to be in a green phase at the moment, with screaming accent colors like yellow and orange and pink. After years of studying color theory, I've given up and chuck stuff in the dye pot randomly.

It looks better this way.

Grrrrr.

Andy's Crafts said...

Love the red, watch out for the Bulls!

kansas crochet mom said...

very pretty!

Gina said...

ooohhhh Pretty!!

Leith said...

Purple, lime green and turquoise, always! But I just finished felting a circular bag in black, white and green that came out great. Hey btw, I FINALLY posted photos of the Inebriated Bunny Hats I made (including the oversized mistake one!)

http://purplegreen.wordpress.com/

Amie said...

The sweater is cute. I <3 very much.