23 April 2012

Day 1: Color Lovers (3KCBWDAY1)

Today is the first day of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2012!  This is going to be such an exciting week, and I cannot wait to meet new bloggers and get to know my blogging friends a little bit better!

I love working with color, which is part of the reason why I love knitting, and spinning in particular.  There are so many amazing colors available between yarn companies and indie dyers.  Essentially the possibilities for yarn and the projects which can come from yarn are endless, isn't that fantastic? 

Whenever possible, I like to dye my own fiber to spin, because it gives me full control over the product.  I always seem to start a dyeing project by finding inspiration from somewhere and doing a color study in one of my journals.  I usually start by trying to replicate the color study in my journal, but usually I get a little derailed (what would happen if I added a touch of this color?) 

I love the idea of combining colors in combinations that you don't often see together while I dye:

I also love combining colors together in crazy combinations while spinning just to see the interesting results that can come from it:

I'm also really interested in all the possible (often vibrant) color combinations you can get from interesting dye sources.

Such as food dyes from the grocery store: 

Or from plants, such as tea leaves:

I also love combining color while knitting in colorwork projects, because such rich patterns can be produced this way:

In honor of this post, I actually pulled out all of my hand knit socks that I didn't gift, which I think really speaks to my taste in color (as well as my apparent love for socks):

I can certainly say without a doubt that color is one of the most enjoyable parts of knitting and spinning.  

26 comments:

  1. Oooh, look at all the socks ;) I dream of one day having a crazy coloured sock drawer filled with only handknit socks!

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    1. I'm surprised you don't already have a sock drawer filled with them, you always have an amazing pair of socks on the needles!

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  2. Your color-work up there is amazing- a true work of art! And thanks again to you for helping me get my act together with the codes : ) Looking forward to a fun week!

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  3. you colour work is beautiful. Spinning may be the next skill to learn

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    1. Oh Sue, you are so talented, I think you would be a fantastic spinner!

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  4. 1) how did I know you'd talk about spinning and dying.
    2) we need to dye ALOT this summer, I want to start a journal too :D
    3) I wish I had as many handknit socks as you :)

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  5. Always beautiful stuff. I love those primary color yarns!

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  6. Wow, this makes me want to get a crazy-dyed braid of fibre and spin it however it comes out, instead of trying to keep all the colours together with chain-plying.

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  7. WOW is about all i can say right now - your dyed yarn is beautiful - i love it all especially the brights. have a colourful monday xxx

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  8. I'm curious to hear more about doing color studies in your journal-- how do you do that? The colorwork is so pretty; I love that blue with the black.

    See you tomorrow!

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    1. I will definitely put a post together about my journaling in the future, although it is a terribly involved process. Thanks for the wonderful comment!

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  9. I have been totally in awe of your post when you showcased how you dyed the yarn with tea - that is probably my favourite post ever.
    It's almost unbelievable that food dye would give such stunning and bright colour as you have shown. I think one of these days I may try this myself

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  10. I want to like, chew on all the photos in this post. Especially that first one--the teal and soft orange, so beautiful together.

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  11. I always love seeing what you're spinning! Your socks look great, there's a great range of colours. I wish my husband agreed my stash was reasonable, lol. :)

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  12. Thanks for the great post, Pumpkin, and for adding the dyer's perspective. That's a part of the whole color subject that we "end users" find mysterious!

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  13. Beautiful colors, gorgeous photos. Thanks for posting.

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  14. Your talents amaze me! I love seeing your hand spuns and to see them up against your knitting is so much fun.

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  15. Colors are so great to look at! I wish I had knitted as many socks as you did! Have a great blogging week!

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  16. I love your photos! The bright colors are just gorgeous. And the tea-dyed yarn looks great- I tried dying yarn with tea once but it didn't make a huge impact. Great post :)

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  17. I love your tea dyed yarn. There is just something about a rich neutral that I love.
    And you sure are a prolific sock knitter. I wish I could see them all lined up.

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  18. Some wonderful colours and creations. Your yarn combinations are gorgeous!

    Nice to find you during blog week!

    B x

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  19. Love all the colors in today's post.
    hugs

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  20. Just gorgeous, as always! Your hand-dyed yarn is lovely, and I love seeing all your socks in a neat collection. Also, the colorwork sweater is stunning! Wonderful post! :)

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  21. Okay - this is just stunning! Your sock collection is fantastic and I totally love the tea dyed yarn. I want a sweater in that. I wonder how the tea will last colourwise?

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  22. I love how you dye! You have a great collection of socks.

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