The Colour Affection Series: Sonia

Number Three in the Colour Affection Series: Sonia, the instigator, organiser, and general fearless leader of the Richmond Knitters. Sonia is well-known for her mountain of large stash of yarn and her generosity with it when we undertake a blanket or present for a forthcoming baby or departure. With such a selection to choose from and a graphic designer’s eye for colour, it will be interesting to see why Sonia choose her colours of a subtle mix of greys and blues.

Which yarn and colour ways did you use?

I used Little Dipper Yarns Bootes BFL sock, in colours: Nxy, Out of the Blue and Slate. These were purchased on impulse (along with some other colour ways) from Ursula at the Handknitters Guild annual market in Coburg earlier this year.

How did you choose your colours?

I chose my colours from my stash of Little Dipper yarns, to participate in the Little Dipper KAL. I felt these three worked together nicely, and whilst they are close in tone I was happy to have subtle stripes for my first Colour Affection. Yes, there are already plans for a second.

Are they in your usual colour palate? If not, why?

I don’t think the colours (grey and blues) are a departure from what I normally knit for myself, although it’s the first blue thing I’ve knit in a while. Since then I’ve cast on The Honey Cowl in blue too.

How do you usually choose the colours you knit with?

Oh it’s not a choice! Yarns tend to gravitate towards me, if it gets close enough, it comes home with me to sit on my yarn shelf. From there it waits for its turn. I use bright colours for babies, kids, socks and accessories. Whereas I’ll use more subtle colours for garments, work clothes and my husband. Normally I’ll pick a project before I pick the yarn, then I’ll spend some time thinking about how I want the end project to look and with any luck, something for the project can be found in my stash. Sometimes (would you believe), I actually need to purchase for a project.

What advice do you have for those thinking of knitting a Colour Affection? 

My advice would be to check out all the projects on Ravelry to help you make good decisions about what you want your Colour Affection to be. I followed the pattern as written, so I have the arched edge, which I like. But for my next one, I think I’ll follow the advice of many and do the edge stitches differently so that I’ll get a much longer reaching scarf. It’s a preference. I think also seeing everyone else’s colour combos will inspire you. I really enjoyed knitting my Colour Affection, it was a really fun knit and I wouldn’t hesitate to knit it again (which I never do).

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The Colour Affection Series: Sharon

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We’re onto Number Two in the Colour Affection Project – another Richmond Knitter Sharon –and there’s already a common thread starting – the lovely Jen helped in both colour selections! Unlike mine though, Sharon choose her yarn from her existing stash – and achieved a delightful result.

Which yarn and colour ways did you use? 

I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock that Rock Light in KMBFLA and Rosebud, and Collintette Jitterbug in new Storm

How did you choose your colours?

I chose these colours from my stash. I bought them as sock yarn, but the KMBFLA I had had since 2009, because it was too light in colour to use for socks. I was going to use a darker grey for the border, but I took it to knit night and everyone agreed that it was too dark. I had happened to buy a stool that evening, which I couldn’t work out how to get home on the bike, so Jen drove it home and we unpacked my extensive sock yarn stash and she helped me choose.

Are they in your usual colour palate? If not, why?

Yes, totally. I bought them because I thought they were pretty, and didn’t really now what I was going to use them for.

How do you usually choose the colours you knit with?

For me, it’s by what’s pretty, or what appeals to me, or what gaps there might be in my wardrobe. I knit a lot for [my husband] Leon, and that’s boring boy colours, all the way.

What advice do you have for those thinking of knitting a Colour Affection? 

Knit one, they are super fun. Also, I know a lot of people talk about putting yarn overs in to make the edge less tight. DON’T DO THAT. The edge is meant to be firm, that gives it the distinctive crescent shape and allows the amazing curls on the ends.

The Colour Affection Series: Kate

I’m starting a new project to look into colours and how knitters (and other crafters) select the colours they work with.

I’m not an intuitive ‘colour’ person. I love shape and form, composition and layouts, but I’m often at a complete loss as to what colours to use. I wanted to learn more about how other crafters choose their colours – and thus the Colour Affection Project was born.

Colour Affection is a shawl pattern by Veera Välimäki, that is blessedly simple to knit and a perfect pattern to play with colour. The combination has made it extremely popular, with more than 10,000 Colour Affections posted on Ravelry. The array of colours that have been used is simply amazing (and sometimes a little scary) and it seemed like an idea way to get knitters talking about why they choose certain colours.

My own Colour Affection (and the decision that led to its hues) is up first and I’ll be eagerly stalking out other models and their shawls to expand the series!

What yarn and colour ways did you use?

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light – Silver Fox, Dried Rose, and Composition Book Gray (which is actually more purple)

How did you choose your colours?

I bought my yarn at this year’s Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show. Confronted by the delicious variety of Madelinetosh, I painfully narrowed it down to five colours and then my lovely friend Jennifer picked the final three.

Are they in your usual colour palate? If not, why?

Not really – usually for myself I knit in blues and reds. On this particular day though I was in a pink and purple mood, and bought a skein of sock yarn in similar pinks and a beautiful undyed grey.

How do you usually choose the colours you knit with?

I’m not sure – thus the point of this Colour Affection Series, to learn more about how people select colours!

What advice do you have for those thinking of knitting a Colour Affection?

Blocking is your friend. When I first finished my Colour Affection, I thought I’d done something seriously wrong. But after a good blocking, it was more than large enough and beautifully springy.

Thanks to Sharon for the photos! (I’m not sure what she said to get a laugh in this photo)

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