It was red and yellow and pink and green and, well, mostly red, right?

Day Four (Thursday April 25th): Colour Review
What are your favourite colours for knitted or crocheted projects. Have a think about what colours you seem to favour when yarn shopping and crafting.

Only after writing this part of your post should you then actually look to see what colours you have used in your projects. Make a quick tally of what colours you have used in your projects over the past year and compare it to the colours you have written about. Compare this, in turn, to the colours that are most dominant in your yarn stash – do they correlate?

Now think back to your house animal – do the colours you have chosen relate to your animal in anyway – if you are in the house of peacock, for example, are your projects often multicoloured and bright?

What seemed, at first, to be a straightforward topic for today’s post, quickly led me down a rabbit warren of yarn-based navel gazing. As those of you who know me well or have followed this week’s posts so far will have no doubt ascertained, I am more of a ‘use The Force’ kind of girl as opposed to strategic planner when it comes to both yarn acquisition and project selection. It would seem, therefore, sensible to break it down into smaller, bite sized chunks under the headings of, “what I think I like” versus “the cold, hard reality.” Now, I am aware that cold, hard reality is not something we often like to bring into our crafting, but sometimes we need the truth, even if we can’t handle the truth!

Red and sparkly. Nothing I like more than red and sparkly!

Red and sparkly. Nothing I like more than red and sparkly!

So, what is my favourite colour?

What I think I like

Red. Red. Red. My wedding dress was red. My mini was red. My current car is red. The pram is red. It’s all about red. Yes, I like red. If I was to ask the internet to psychoanalyse what this means, it would say the following about me, according to

Red: The color of strength, health, and vitality, Red is often the color chosen by someone outgoing, aggressive, vigorous and impulsive—or someone who would like to be! It goes with an ambitious nature but those who choose it can be abrupt at times, determined to get all they can out of life, quick to judge people and take sides. Red people are usually optimistic and can’t stand monotony; they are rather restless and not at all introspective, so they may be unaware of their own shortcomings. They find it hard to be objective and may blame others for any mishaps. Quiet people with a preference for red may feel the need for the warmth, strength and life-giving qualities of the color, or they blanket their true feelings under a sober exterior. Red is usually chosen by people with open and uncomplicated natures, with a zest for life.
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Cold, hard reality

The stash, I am afraid, says different. Whilst I think I am all about the red, I can see from the stash that there’s a whole lot of other colour in there and not a lot of red. Is this because I weed out the red yarn and use that first, in the same way I always eat the red fruit pastilles first? We shall see further on in the post, but the stash says I am more about blues and greens, thank you very much.

Fergus Sings The Blues

Fergus Sings The Blues

Green: The color of harmony and balance, Green symbolizes hope, renewal and peace, and is usually liked by the gentle and sincere. Greens are generally frank, community-minded people, fairly sociable but preferring peace at any price. Green people can be too self-effacing, modest and patient, so they may get exploited by others. They are usually refined, civilized and reputable.

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Blue: Soft, soothing, compassionate and caring, Blue is the color of deliberation and introspection, conservatism and duty. Patient, persevering, conscientious, sensitive and self-controlled, Blues like to be admired for their steady character and wisdom. They are faithful, but are often worriers with somewhat inflexible beliefs and can be too cautious, and suspicious of flamboyant behavior.

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Box of Crayons

According to my projects, I am all about variegated. And not just subtle variegated. More like toddler with a box of crayons variegated. I actually have a skein of yarn called ‘Box of Crayons’ for crying out loud! Yes, there are quite a few kids’ projects in there which may mitigate in some way the over-jealous application of variegated, but mostly, I just use it because I like it. It appeals to my bee-like tendancy to flit from one project to the next as new and shiny things capture my attention.

House of Bee

So do my colour choices correspond to my mascot for this week? I was surprised to find that they do, even with the slightly off-piste tack I have taken to explore this subject. The phrases “…impulsive…” “…can’t stand monotony…” and “…rather restless…” all ring true to the flighty and distractable tendencies of the Bee. I wouldn’t say so much that they correspond to what I actually have in terms of stashed colours, but I guess the colour preferences is more about what you think you like as opposed to a shopping habit or what you actually have. I am definitely as a person most along the lines of the red description and not identifying much at all with the blue or green!

Was the contents of your stash, colour wise, a surprise to you?

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