Pretty in Pink?

My favourite colour is pink.

Funnily enough I don’t knit in pink very often. ¬†Millrace (which I need to block) and the Hopsalots slippers (which I need to finish) are the only things that I’ve knitted for me in pink, that I can think of off the top of my head – and both of them are still in unwearable forms.

The 4th blogging challenge is about colour, what colours do I like, what colours I like to knit with, what colours do I actually knit with (all without cheating and looking at my projects page on ravelry ūüėõ ). ¬†I like to think I knit in a rainbow of colours, but I think in actuality I knit in a lot of green and blue with the¬†occasional¬†other colour thrown in for good measure, at least when I’m knitting for me. ¬†When it comes to the rest of the family I try to choose colours that I know they love. ¬†Miss 9 loves yellow, Miss 7 loves pinks and purples, the boys like blues and greens, and Mr HK likes grey.

I’m going to be honest and say that this challenge is hard for me. ¬†I love colour, I love knitting in rainbows of colour, but pinning down what colours I actually use is tough. ¬†I guess my house mascot, the Monkey, likes things that are interesting, and I’ve always tried to keep my colour choices interesting, I don’t tend to only ever buy one type of colour, I try to buy from the entire rainbow.

The best way to describe the way I feel about colour choice is that patterns tend to tell me what colour they want to be knitted in. ¬†For instance, from the very first moment I saw the Kai-Mei socks I knew that I had to knit them in a light blue. ¬†The same thing happened with Om Shanti, I knew that the socks needed to be knit in a gradient of some form. ¬†Sometimes it’s a case of matching a pattern with the best colour I have in my stash, sometimes I find a pattern and then go yarn hunting for a particular colour. ¬†Sometimes, I choose colour dependant on my mood.

Pink

In a nutshell, colour evokes an emotional response from me. ¬†On Saturday I balled up a skein of yarn from Spacefrog for the Blomster socks. ¬†It’s a variegated blue, pink and purple and it’s pretty busy and very bright. ¬†I needed a pick me up and that pattern coupled with bright yarn sung happiness to me. ¬†They have been a joy to work ever since. ¬†I love watching the little “flowers” fling extra pops of colour across the brightly coloured backdrop of stocking stitch. ¬†These are my happy socks and I have a feeling I will always have a pair of these ready to cast on, whenever I need a bright little pick me.

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