Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Orange And Purple

I'm almost done with my two pairs of socks. I thought I would have been done two weeks ago... but so it goes. I've been eyeing some great stranded color work sock patterns for quite some time and my needles are almost free. Onopordum and Sheep May Safely Graze are the serious contenders at the moment. But I've also been looking at Walking On Dinosaurs, Sock Lover's Socks, Labyrinth, and Hieroglyphic Socks. As I dug around in my stash I learned a rather curious thing. I have a habit of buying orange and purple yarn together. Enough for color work socks. The bottom left four skeins are from Knitsch in Charlemagne and The William. The bottom right skeins are Baah! La Jolla in California Poppy and Grape Vine. And that top ball? Well my love of the orange/purple combo can't be ignored with Stray Cat Socks Self Striping Yarn in the Jaffa color.

What's funny is if you look at all my recent sweaters, they are green, blue, grey, or some combination of. Orange and purple are not my colors.
Top to bottom is the Robin HoodiePenteGrace, and Pomme de Pin

I know how this happened though. I have this habit of seeing sock yarn and declaring that "It's for socks!" in order to bypass the practical side of my brain that would say, "But you only wear green/blue/grey." Luckily for me, I do love wearing wild colored socks. The louder they are, the easier it is to drown out the practical side of my brain when shopping for yarn.

Who else has a particular color or color combo they buy, but isn't very practical for the wardrobe? If anyone happens to blog on the topic, please post a comment with a link. I'd love to read about it.

6 comments :

WildflowerWool said...

Socks are a great place to go wild!

José said...

Oh.. good luck with choosing ! All those patterns look so good...
With sock yarn, I like to buy all the colours that don't look good next to my face, or the screaming bright ones, or the very specled ones that I would never want a garment of.... I really love to go all wild with socks, totally agree with WildflowerWool

pansneedles.com said...

That's one of my favourite things about socks! I do wear colour, but socks are where I can really go wild. Wearing bright pink socks on a day when the rest of what I'm wearing is the in dark-blue range is so perfect. I think it's because I like and enjoy lots of colours, even though I don't think they're all suited to me. Socks are the perfect way to play with them without being left with garments I'll never wear.

Alicia said...

That's so funny! I've noticed in the past that a lot of the socks I knit tend to involve pink/red tones while most of what I actually wear are blues/greens...so my socks rarely match. They're fun, though!

kiwiyarns said...

Before I discovered the world of hand knit socks, I wore black or white socks exclusively. Now I have a rainbow of socks in my drawer! I think I'm very boring though - I still seem to knit socks that will match with my clothes!

woollenwilderness said...

Same goes for me, with socks I really let myself go wild colourwise, whereas I'm usually not so adventurous with colours in the rest of my wardrobe.

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