Apr 23, 2012

My Bright Stash - 3KCBWDAY1

The joke around my house is that my closet has no light.  Oh, it has a light switch and a light bulb but no light as I mainly own (and therefore wear) only dark colors. I have every shade imaginable in black and brown, but you have to dig pretty deep to find anything red or purple.  And yellow or green? They're non-existent.


Now, should you open my organized but overflowing chest of drawers (and two large bins) that house my yarn stash, you will find something completely surprising. You will find some really bright colors and variegated skeins of pink, green, gold, and blue. So, what is it about yarn that lets me push through my preference for dark colors that my wardrobe can't?


I'm currently working on three very colorful WIPs, and I can't tell you how many compliments I get about the yarns that I'm knitting with.


Citron in Malabrigo Lace Brilliante

Concentric Circles Cardigan in Maxima Peach Melba
Wholehearted Shawl in Madelinetosh Merino Light Glazed Pecan


I've been rotating these three WIPs and each one is not only a different colorway but also a different yarn weight. I didn't intend to do this but now having found myself with these three projects, I think I need to make this a regular practice. I'm still committed to keeping my WIPs to three or fewer on my needles -- I just feel more relaxed having only these few projects in the works -- and having each one be so different from the others is really inspiring.


The Wholehearted Shawl KAL is gaining steam, and if you want to see some great photos of our progress, check out the pattern page over on Ravelry. I love seeing what colors everyone chose and there are also terrific notes (and corrections) that are incredibly helpful.  I hope you'll consider joining along!











19 comments:

  1. That pecan yarn is knitting up so beautifully!

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  2. Those are awefully beautiful!! Colors are super natural and subtle. Simply undescribable!!

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  3. Wow, your Citron is a lot like my own!

    (just stopping by on a KCBW tour)

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  4. the peach melba cardigan is so cute

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  5. You have a wonderful taste in color, Evelyn. I'm constantly drooling over your stash!

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  6. I think it's interesting that your yarn stash is so different than you closet, it definitely says something about you as a person...I wish I knew what haha. But I love the citron you are making with the purples and the shawl is coming along so nice, I think it looks great in that orange-brown shade.

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  7. I really like your idea of rotating the WIP's and having them be different colors/yarn weight. It keeps the knitting interesting. You have such lovely projects on the needles!

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  8. Why is it that we love black, brown and neutrals but yet craft in technicolor? I actually only have three balls of black in my stash, and I'm the process of working with it.

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  9. ooooh your citron is super pretty, the colour is gorgeous!!! have a colourful monday xxx

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  10. Each and every one a winner in my book.
    Love color, and here I sit wearing grey and black.
    What's up with us?

    Am knitting away on Wholehearted, it's a breeze to work on.

    hugs

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  11. I love the Peach Melba and the Glazed Pecan! Maybe it has something to do with the foody names--those dyers know we can't resist that, right? Thanks for showing your lovely WIP's!

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  12. I suspect it's because colour is so stimulating - while you might not like it on yourself, it inspires and motivates and relaxes to work with it (and most of your WIPs seem to be for other people... she notes.... ;) )

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  13. I always lov seeing the yarns you're working with - not only do you have really good taste, it's completely different to the colours I choose myself! :)

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  14. Similar for me! I knit colors that are much brighter than what can be found in my wardrobe. I have so many different shades of gray pants ;-) I must say though that I wear much brighter colors during summer!

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  15. I love love love that pecan colorway! Must do a post about my progress on wholehearted too. It is an easy but interesting knit.

    Thanks for the compliments on my color post for KCBWDay1! It is cool to see how much work I've done over the past few years, and later I realized there were items I forget to pull out and add to the stack..... funny...

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  16. I have a neutral and dark wardrobe as well. But a bright pop of color in a knit is a great accessory yeah? I admire how you can rotate thru three WIPS. I can't seem to do that anymore and have been sticking w/two.

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  17. i love the colours you've picked. Brights always go well with darks so I think you've picked well :)

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  18. I agree, rotating between colors can be inspiring. Right now I'm working on some scrappy granny squares so I'm using tons of colors I usually avoid. It is definitely good to mix it up a bit!

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  19. I don't wear many brightsbut love to crochet lots of bright colours, but mostly not for me I guess.

    I love the look of the wholehearted shawl, the colour is gorgeous!

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