As a redhead, I am invariably drawn to warm earthy colors—rusts, burnt oranges, forest greens, and deep claret colors. I have made an orange tweed vest, a green poncho, an oversized deep green shrug with flecks of rust, a green sweater dress, and numerous green scarves, as well as a deep burgundy and brown shrug—to name a few items.
Yet when I look at my finished projects, I seem to also have a great deal of lavender, reflecting how again and again I am drawn to that soft shade. According to Jacci Howard Bear's “Desktop Publishing Colors and Color Meanings” excerpted in an article found on Ask.com, “Lavender has long been a favorite flower and color of genteel ladies. This shade of purple suggests refinement along with grace, elegance, and something special.” She adds that it is “the color of feminity” and calls this shade “a grown up pink.” As I’ve always been a fan of uber feminine Victorian interior design, it didn’t come as a surprise to me when I counted among my finished items a lavender lace shrug, a cabled heathery sweater, and a very girly soft purple capelet (from a pattern by the very girly designer Louisa Harding).
When examining my yarn stash, I find a dearth of lavender, though, probably because I like this hue so much that I tend to immediate cast on when I have some at hand. I’m not a big stash acquirer, though, and tend to buy yarn for specific projects and then use it. My yarn collection is more of a mixture of odds and ends left over from other projects.
|I showed off this recently completed shrug a week or two ago on my blog.|
Interestingly, I hadn’t really thought about my affinity for this color until writing this blog post. Immediately when pondering this topic, I realized that even my blogger page’s design reflects a predilection for this color. My post on Tuesday of this week, discussing my thistle design for fingerless mitts (inspired by my Border Collie mascot), also echoes my attraction for this shade.
|My affinity for this color is also reflected in other areas of my life, aside from knitting.|
I’ve heard that lavender is the favorite color of teenage girls, so I’m not sure how my attraction for it reflects my inner being. Maybe I’m immature or perhaps sentimental, yearning for more innocent times. This color certainly reflects my love of 19th novels and costume dramas which are rife with “genteel ladies” who live in worlds of grace and elegance I can only admire from afar.
Note: the photo of the leaves in the collage at the top of this page, and the apple in the collection at the bottom are not my own. They were used with permission of CreativeCommons.
Leaves photo credit: Stella's mom
Apple photo credit: leoncillo sabino
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