I dyed yesterday. Yep, colors of spring decorated my living room, and hung from the rafters of my dye studio. Can you imagine, when the snow drifts are so high you cannot see over them, coming in from shoveling white -white -white, to the Aqualon Blue and Pistachio Green shades of a tropical sea, Sweetheart pink apple blossoms, and delicate Apricot? It is hard to continue knitting winter projects when spring colors beckon me to turn them into something for the warmer spring days ahead.
Pantone, the self-professed “world renowned authority on color” has announced that Honeysuckle will be the 2011 Color of the Year. Though not a big fan of pink, I think I might go fo this one. It reminds me of the brightly colored cowboy boots that I drooled over in Cozumel.
I was also happy to see the complimentary shades suggested by the color aficionado are more muted, soft, and what I consider a little more “user-friendly”.
As spring approaches, and the soft breeze that blew across my checks while feeding the always ravenous baa-baas yesterday assures me that it isn’t far off, I anxiously await my sport weight yarns that are close to being skeined and ready for pick up, dyeing, and finally into the hands of eager knitters.
Of course I am a BIG fan of wool for all seasons and many reasons. And I knit with it in Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. I guess you might say I am sort of a wool snob, only happy feeling the woolen fibers in my hands, sometime blended with Mohair or Angora, sometimes as just its luscious, sheepy, wonderfulness. Ahhhhhhhh.
There are so many misconceptions about wool; it’s itchy, it’s hot, wool yarns are for sweaters, mittens and hats. Well, yes,wool is wonderful for hats, mittens, and sweaters, and yes it is warm and cozy. Some wool yarns are itchy and best used for outerwear, but wool is not just for winter and fall, it is a yarn for all seasons.
Look for example at the beautiful sweaters and ponchos that come from Ecuador. Bright, bold, heavy garments are produced from a country whose climate is described as humid-subtropical as it’s flanks straddle the equator. Yet wool from their sheep and fiber from its llamas is one of this countries most valued possessions.
Wool can warm you, or keep you cool and dry. It is resilient and forgiving. Wool is natural, renewablefresh, clean, abundant and spectacular!!! What patterns are you saving, what plans do you have for Spring colors?