Monday, 23 April 2012
3KCBWDAY1 - Colour Lovers
So, here are a few ramblings on the subject of colour.
I think that colour is the most difficult aspect of crochet to get right and I know that I am more often unhappy with my colour choices than happy. I have also learnt that it is sometimes possible to temper this disappointment with the judicious application of other colours to moderate the effects of the ones which have gone wrong. When I look at some blogs (Attic 24 and Crochet with Raymond are two of my absolute favourites but others spring to mind as well) I am struck by how well some people understand colour and how to make it work for them. I have no idea whether this is innate or learnt. I played the piano quite well as a child and people sometimes used to say "you are so lucky to have such a gift". This was very kind, but innate musicality is only a very small part of playing an instrument well, the most part is the thousands and thousands of hours of practise which, at some point in our lives, we put into it.
I am not suggesting that these colour gurus practise in the same way but I think they have spent time learning about and making observations about colour, whether formally and informally. This is not something I had ever done until I took up crochet a couple of years ago, and it's taking a while to understand anything at all. My stash looks like a rainbow was sick in a box and my Ravelry project pages reflect this. At the moment I mix everything with cream, because nothing looks as bad when thoroughly mixed up with cream, on the other hand I'm not convinced that anything particularly sparkles either.
These are my most recent couple of projects, they are cushion fronts...
Colour is so fundamental to crochet that it seems almost pointless to say that it is fundamental to crochet but I am hoping that by beginning to understand a little I can make a real difference to my home environment. These cushion covers are destined for this room, decorated by the last occupants (including the canvases)...
Granny Stripe (colours exactly as Lucy's) in there the whole room instantly became more welcoming. A year ago I'd have been a bit half hearted in my introduction of colour, nowadays I feel a lot braver. It's a slow process, but so worthwhile.
If you type the code in my blog title into google there will be lots more bloggers writing about colour, they are amazing, you should definitely read some of them.