Raspberry or strawberry?

You can call me a snob but I have to tell you one thing about expensive yarn: when you pay for quality, it’s totally worth it!

I have recently bought several skeins of one such yarn… Ever since I laid my hands on it (both literally and figuratively), I can hardly resist the desire to top it with whipped cream and chocolate sauce and feast on it while nobody’s watching.

Its colour… Mmm… How can I describe its colour? It’s very “berry”, but it’s hard to say whether it’s strawberry or raspberry, because it’s kind of both. There’s a subtle variation in the tint that will give the knitted fabric a mysterious shimmer, like that of a precious stone.

alpaca-colour-closeAnd I’m not telling you how soft it is! Oh, actually, I am… It’s as soft as the belly of a kitten freshly washed with a hair conditioner… It’s as soft as the ears of a baby alpaca… Oh, wait, it is baby alpaca! Anyway, you’ve got the idea.

And if you want me to put a name on it, it’s Alpaca colour by Rowan, shade 138 “Ruby”. (There are also “Agate”, “Emerald”, “Topaz” and so on. You can check the whole assortment on Rowan’s website).

I have never worked with this yarn before, so I cannot tell you how it behaves when you knit or how well it wears, but so far it looks very promising. I’m casting on as soon as possible and then – time will show!

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What’s your season?

A couple of weeks ago a friend introduced me to the colour types theory and I haven’t stopped thinking about “my” colours ever since. The theory goes as follows: there are four main “seasonal” types: winter, summer, spring and autumn, that can overlap with six secondary types: light, deep, warm, cool, clear and soft. Some of them are incompatible (e.g. there’s no “warm winter”), which leaves us with twelve possibilities: four seasonal types with three subtypes each. The type is defined by skin, eye and hair colours and the overall contrast of the three (read more about it here and here).

We’ve had lots of fun trying to determine my colour type and, after a number of selfies, improvised colour tests (wrapping my face with every piece of cloth I could lay my hands on) and a call for “independent experts” (another former fellow student), we’ve finally agreed that I belong to the “summer” type in its less contrasting, “soft” variety… which means that we have a huge colour problem down here. As you probably know, I like juicy, warm, generously saturated colours… the exact opposite of what I am supposed to wear! “Summer” colours are anything but generous: they are cold, and bleak, and quite boring. Houston, where do we go from here?

soft-summerRemember the “Radiant Orchid” from one of the previous posts? Oh the irony of fate! Luckily, there are a few shades in the “soft summer” palette that I can tolerate and that have already proved to work for me: slate grey, denim blue, sea green, wine red, fuchsia, “dusty rose”… After all, I might give it a try!

Oh, well, I already have: here is my very personal palette that I’m going to try and stick to when buying clothes from now on.

multi-paletteIt’s roughly based on this method but I have used more colours for variety and dropped the “neutrals” because you can’t go more neutral than black, white, grey and denim and all of those are already in my “main” category.

The main colours will be the backbone of my wardrobe and the background on which the more lively accent colours can bloom. Each of the main colours can be worn with any complementary (or main) colour in the palette: this will allow lots of room for mixing and matching. The colours in each column have the same level of saturation, which makes them good candidates for “best matches”.

Denim is the colour that gives the overall tone to my wardrobe. The only time when I’m not wearing jeans is when I’m asleep, so this wasn’t technically a choice but a mere acceptance of the inevitable. Both dark and light denim get on board!

Slate grey is one of my latest favourites and light grey is a perfect neutral – both hop in!

Although black doesn’t normally belong to the summer palette, I have included it for convenience and for the sheer love of it. In fact, if I wanted to avoid black, I’d have to replace half of my wardrobe, including accessories… So it stays exactly where it is!

As to the accent colours, I like all the dark ones and I’ll have to learn to love the light ones too… one should be optimistic, right?

Me in denim-fuchsia-slate

Denim-fuchsia-slate

And when I think of all the (colour conscious) yarn shopping that lies ahead…

Fall in colour

The official beginning of autumn is just a couple of days away and, as your personal style guru, I feel it my duty to brief you on this year’s Fall fashion trends. Here is what, according to the colour experts at Pantone, you should be wearing right now.

(C) Pantone (ww.pantone.com)

(C) Pantone (www.pantone.com)

Now, if you ask me, this is one curious choice of colours! There are three purples and two blues, but not a single orange, and the yellow and brown are disappointingly bleak. All of this to match the colour of the year, Radiant Orchid, which is a vague medium between lavender, lilac and mauve.

(C) Pantone (www.pantone.com)

(C) Pantone (www.pantone.com)

To tell you the truth, I’m not overly enthusiastic about the purple part of the spectrum in general and purple orchids in particular: I’ve had an overdose of both during this last couple of years (and the only orchid I care about right now is the one that produces vanilla beans, but it’s a totally different story…) and I’m not quite over it just yet. (Does your neighbour grow orchids too?)

But let’s go back to our colours. For those not allergic to purple the good news is, there’s a lot of it. For the rest of us, still willing to make bold colour statements, there’s the (usual) choice between red and blue (you have seen the yellow, brown and green: they look dusty and tired…). Personally, I’d opt for the red, because it’s the only unequivocally warm colour in the whole palette: remove it – and you’ll see the snowflakes falling… But after all, who said that autumn cannot be like this?

Source: Web

Source: Web

In fact, I’m pretty sure that it will be like this, at a certain point. But for my part, I prefer this kind of autumn, don’t you?

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P.S. You can read the complete Pantone fashion colour report here.

P.P.S. Forget about fashion, create your own style with your favourite colours! It’s your guru speaking!