I'll admit it: I'm a little afraid of color. I don't exactly know why I have this fear, but I do know that I feel a little self-conscious when I wear a really bright color. Maybe I don't want that much attention, or maybe I'm just not used to seeing myself in bright coral or turquoise. I wore my coral top last weekend and startled myself when I saw my reflection in a store window!
I do feel like I've branched out a little in my color knitting
, though, with my bright blue Lapis Yoke Pullover. And I've just acquired some linen in a beautiful color that reminds me of my favorite magenta peonies, masses of which are about to bloom in my garden, by the way!
Anyway, my foray into a more colorful life can partly be blamed on designer and color expert Laura Bryant and her fabulous DVD, A Knitter's Guide to Color
. This incredible workshop taught me about color values and picking colors that complement each other. I learned so much, and now Laura is back—along with Barry Klein—with a new DVD workshop, Yarn to Fit
, which takes you from choosing the perfect yarn to making alterations so your sweaters fit perfectly.
Here's a preview:
Knowing how to choose colors, yarn, and altering patterns to fit you can make you a better knitter. Start with these DVD workshops, and then go to your local yarn shop and try your hand at putting colors together. When I lived in Seattle, the gals at my LYS specialized in color, and they pushed me slightly away from my gray, brown, silver, and black comfort zone into dark purples, oranges, and greens. Still dark, but I was beginning to see what color could do to my knitting.
I've also experimented with self-striping yarns and variegated yarns, which is a wonderful way to get color into your knitting. I've included a link for Laura's Technicolor Jacket, a free pattern that uses self-striping and solid yarns in interesting ways. It's beautiful.
After watching these workshops, I'm inspired to really take on color with my next project. You'll learn so much about color knitting from Laura and Barry; it's like your own private lesson from the experts. Get both DVDs today
; they're on sale!
P.S. Do you have a color-knitting story? Share it in the comments!