It’s Day 4 of Wool Week and we’re continuing our love letter to all things woolly! Searching for that perfect colour – one which either hums or zings – is one of our main passions at Pom Pom HQ (it is also the justification for our steadily growing stashes). As knitters and crocheters, we’ll bet you’ve all come across a skein which simply needed to be owned; either because the colours spoke to you or because they reminded you of people near and dear to your hearts. Colours are entwined with memories and particular times of the year. We all know Christmas as that gloriously festive combination of red, green and gold. But colours can also be more personal: the brightest azurite blue from a holiday in Greece last summer, or the subtle powder pink of a favourite garden flower. Colour is a thing to be celebrated! Today’s post is all about revelling in wool’s ability to absorb and retain every colour combination those clever dyers can dream up!
When selecting designs for Pom Pom we set a colour story, helping to give each issue its own distinctive narrative. Issue 2, ‘Colour, Light and Autumn Brights’ was full of bright zesty oranges (like The Yarn Yard Spinel in Chutney, pictured top) and tranquil blues, evoking sun-kissed Mexico. The combination of pink and orange chosen for Lydia’s Lupita socks (above) would really brighten up any outfit. These cheery socks could warm anyone’s heart!
With issue 6, ‘Cabled, Knitted, Textured, Vivid,’ we decided on a rich over-saturated palette. The issue was packed with opulent colours that really glow. We were bold with colour choice to create high impact, statement knits. This sumptuous red, above, is Old Maiden Aunt’s Blue Faced Leicester Aran in Cherry Lips.
Victoria Mangus‘ Brigantia is a Pom Pom pattern which immediately springs to mind when we think of colour. It is great seeing the different colour combinations Victoria and raveler Gemma (whose mitts are pictured below) have dreamed up. Each combination is beautiful and creates a surprisingly different result. Seeing the projects our fellow knitters dream up is totally inspiring!
Victoria doesn’t just design beautiful patterns, she also dyes the gorgeous Eden Cottage Yarns. She’s a lady of many talents! We are in love with the subtle pastel shades of these variegated colourways. Her Bowland DK (shown above) is 100% Blue Faced Leicester wool. The pink colourway, Clematis, reminds us of raspberry ripple ice-cream, while Hazel – her light green colourway - conjours up images of dappled shade in the springtime.
No post on the wonders of wool’s ability to absorb dye would be complete without mentioning Ce Persiano, the talented dyer behind The Uncommon Thread. Ce is magical; her colourways glow with such vibrancy that it becomes a challenge to tear our eyes away! We are enthralled by her deep blues – one of our favourites is Ink Blot, shown top right in Merino DK. But it’s her greens which really blow our minds! How perfect is the colourway Fern, pictured bottom left?
Do you have a favourite dyer (or three)? Or maybe you’ve got a hand knit whose colour evokes certain memories? Don’t keep it to yourself, we are nosey knitters and would love to hear about it! So take a moment to big up wool’s wonderful ability to transform into any colour imaginable (and those amazing indie dyers we love so much) using our #WOWeek hashtag. Don’t forget to check Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what other people are saying. And remember – every time you post you’re in with a chance to win a copy of Pom Pom!