I'm not a follower of fashion. Now that I have reached the grand old age of 42, I think I have developed my own 'style' so whether or not I am fashionable doesn't really concern me. My daughter's favourite response to what I'm wearing is "it suits you but I wouldn't wear it". She, you see, loves fashion.
That said, I do take an interest in the colours of the season. Apparently these are this Autumn's colours.
"This is a season of untypical colors—more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, which makes for an artful collection of colors and combinations not bound by the usual hues for fall."
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®
I personally think they are gorgeous and love that they are not "the usual hues for fall". I look such a bugger in brown.
After a quick scan of my wardrobe, I'm quite pleased to see that Radiant Orchid, Misted Yellow, Sangria, Mauve Mist, Bright Cobalt and Cypress all make an appearance and my favourite coat is Aluminium! Maybe I'm a little more on trend than I give myself credit for!
What I wanted to pick your brains about today though is accessories. More to the point, crocheted or knitted accessories. (Quelle surprise!) How do you choose colours when you're making yourself a scarf say, or cowl, or hat? Do you simply pick colours you like? Do you copy something you've seen? Do you pick colours that suit you? Or do you choose them with a particular outfit in mind?
I love colours. All colours. I do find though that I make better colour-related decisions if I give myself a few rules. Otherwise I tend to go a bit bonkers.
D and I made a bit of a parenting mistake when our son was about four or five. He had been a particularly brave boy at the emergency dentist after having fallen and broken his two front teeth. As a treat, we took him to a large toy shop and told him that he could choose one thing. Anything. Well, he was absolutely beside himself with excitement and ran here, there and everywhere with his eyes sparkling. He picked one thing up, then another, paused for a second and then put them both back before scooting off to another section. This happened over and over again until suddenly he sat down on his bottom, burst into extremely noisy tears and said he didn't want anything. There was too much choice and because we'd not given him any guidelines, the poor little soul couldn't cope. The point of this story is that I am exactly the same in a yarn shop! Ok, I don't sit on the floor and wail (well, not always) but I do often end up walking out with nothing. Either that or I buy something I actually already have at home.
I've translated the season's colours, best I can, to wool …
(They are all actually Cascade 220 simply because of the huuuuuuge range of colours available.)
There's something there for everyone, don't you think?
That green. Love.
Scarves, cowls, hats and gloves are my favourite things in the world to crochet. Instant gratification I suppose. I just adore how a simple pair of jeans and a plain white tee can be transformed or personalised by a jaunty fuchsia pink scarf peppered with a rainbow of roses.
I might see if I can use this as my palette for this year's winter makes. If nothing else I'll be bang on fashion, eh?
Anyway, I've rattled on. I'd so love to hear your thoughts.