I’ve been running an ongoing series of posts and guest posts here on the blog, under the banner “ColourRIOT“. I’ve also been invited — along with my sister Gillian — to speak on the topic. This page is intended to be a permanent home for the resources we’ve talked about on the blog and in the talks, to be used as a jumping-off point in your own colour explorations!
Note: this is not a post, or a series, on the techniques of fair isle/stranded knitting/intarsia — it’s all about choosing the yarns and playing with the colours. Others have faaaar more expertise in the area of technique, so I will gladly defer to them.
Colourful images and inspiration:
- Gillian and I are pinning the images from the talk to a special board on Pinterest, as a sort of cheaters’ way of creating a citation list for our sources. Pinterest being what it is, the board is arranged chronologically by the date the picture was added, so it’s not the most organized of lists — but it does a really nice job of getting you to the pictures, quickly.
Colour theory and resources:
Here are the two posts that started this whole little obsession off.
- First, a post (originally written for Rock + Purl’s blog) entitled ‘Setting Colour Theory in Motion‘, all about the basic terminology of colour theory and how it applies to combining colours in knitting. I went through my stash and created sample colour schemes using yarn and knitted mitered squares to illustrate the ideas. I also included a number of (I think) really helpful links for learning more about colour.
- Second, a follow-up post entitled ‘Colour Theory: More tips, tricks, and widgets‘ that features even more linked resources, and more tips and tricks for working with colour in knitting.
Personal colour palettes:
- Gillian did a guest post on my blog about creating your own personal colour palette — something she had been doing with her own sewing, and with other friends who sew their own garments. She used my pins from Pinterest (and her own memory of my wardrobe) to create a personal palette for me.
- She talked about how useful a personal palette can be, in terms of being strategic about building your wardrobe, both with handknits and handsewn items, and with ready-to-wear items. It’s not necessarily about prescribing what you should wear, it’s more about recognizing what you do wear, and learning how to flesh out your closet with items that will combine well with those pieces. What basic wardrobe staples are you missing? What yarns are worth stocking up on, so that your stash really feels like you, and you can knit pieces that will work into your wardrobe?
- I compared the palette that Gillian created to what was actually in my closet. She was pretty darned accurate!
- Gillian posted on her own blog about how she had developed and used her personal palette.
- More bloggers took up the challenge of creating their own palettes, too.
- Most recently, Gillian posted a tutorial on how to make your own colour palette graphic, using simple tools on your computer!
More colourful posts:
- Kate Atherley/Wisehilda blogged about her ‘sandwich theory’ of colour selection. She talks about how colour selection can be a terribly daunting process, just like making a sandwich would be if you had to choose from every ingredient in the sandwich shop — but there are great chefs and popular recipes that can help guide you to great combinations. There’s no shame in taking guidance from the experts!
- My friend Erin blogged about her love of colour, specifically bright colour. Erin’s theory of colour selection is basically just ‘wear what makes you happy’. And really? That’s mighty fine advice.
- My friend Mandy is another lover of colour, and she offered up some more technical advice about how to avoid the ‘clown puke’ effect with multicolour yarns.
- I totally geeked out and took an anthropological look at whether language actually affects the colours that we see/perceive.
- And, yes, I designed a shawl (Hue + Value) that makes use of two coordinating yarns to make a subtle or high-contrast texture.