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Get Inspired by Color

By January 18, 2013

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I guess it's the fact of winter and how little sun there's been where I live lately that I've been thinking a lot about bright colors and sunny knitting. At the end of last year I knit myself this awesome colorful scarf, and that's helped a bit, but there's something really inspiring about looking at knitting books that are full of color, too.

dreaming in colorDreaming in Color by Kaffe Fassett. STC Books.

And of course when I think of color knitting I think of Kaffe Fassett. His knitting books (and all his other crafty books, too, of course) are brimming with color and inspiration for knitters and other crafters, but his autobiography -- another great book of 2012! -- is equally inspiring. To read more about the strange, wonderful and yes, colorful life he's led, alongside tons of beautiful pictures of his work, people he has known and his inspirations is a joyful experience that will make you want to be bolder in your knitting and your life.

In addition to Fassett, I also think of Kristin Nicholas, who I imagine needs all that color to get through shivery winters on the sheep farm. Her books are just as inspiring, and really show you how to use color in your own projects in a way that Fassett just doesn't do. (And if you need more instruction, she's got a great new Fair Isle class over at CreativeBug.)

Who or what inspires you when it comes to color knitting? I'd love to hear your thoughts.


January 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm
(1) Hamimono says:

Your scarf is cute! I appreciate Fassett’s work but I have to admit that— while I knit a lot of colorful things because that is what my US fam and friends want gifted to them—the things I make for myself tend to be simple, neutral, subtle, dark, or monotone, maybe with heathering. Probably I’m a weird case: guy who has lived in Japan (very subtle, understated colors preferred here) for thirty years. I like Jared Flood’s new lines of yarns: Shelter and Loft (http://brooklyntweed.net/yarn.html). I get inspired by things that feature multitones of one hue interrupted by a startling pop of color. Think of a golden pavilion (like Kinkakuji in Kyoto) shining up from a vast expanse of moss, or an ocean-smoothed frosted shard of sea-foam-green glass resting on a sand dune.

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