#4KCBWDAY4 – Colour Review

Hello my name is Bek and I have pink and teal hair. (Hi Bek!)

I don’t think I’ll be too surprised when I actually look in my stash to see that I like a lot of the same colours.

Black, charcoal, grey, and white are staples. Plus tardis blue (and other variations), Port Adelaide teal, pale sunshine yellow, and every shade of pink that catches my eye.

I know that I’m going through a green phase at the moment too.
I’m not very discriminate when it comes to colour.

I am one of the .2% of females who are colour blind. Which does pose a bit of a problem when it comes to buying yarn.
I’ve tended to steer away from picking colours to match each other. If my bloke isn’t with me in the shop (yarn shopping isn’t his favourite past time- just as fishing lure shopping isn’t mine) I stick to self striping yarn, or basic combinations like my last white, black, and blue blanket.
I find etsy shopping easier because there’s less decisions to make holding up yarns and asking strangers if these two colours look the way I think they look.

I can see colours if I concentrate. But I can’t tell a red or green traffic light from a difference. Telling the difference between shades has always been a problem too. I remember getting in trouble at primary school for using a blue pencil when I should have used a purple one (they looked the same to me). I remember getting in trouble at high school for wasting time searching for a red cricket ball in brown leafs. Once again I couldn’t see the difference. I still have to concentrate watching cricket or else I lose the red ball in the green grass (depending on the shades of course).

It probably influences my photography more than my knitting, because I think I’m getting the colours right but they could be completely different. In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t make much of a difference.

The first yarn I ever bought was a pink splitty yarn.

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This is my latest yarn haul from yarnvszombies. I’ve signed up for a yarn club (my first one) which will be fun this year.

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And then there’s my football team colours. I will have feminine football merchandise even if I have to make it myself.

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20 thoughts on “#4KCBWDAY4 – Colour Review

  1. I’ve never thought about the challenges inherent in being a colorblind crafter. I’m glad you’ve found effective ways to work around it.

  2. A really interesting post which gave a few different emotions. From cross when you got told off for something that isn’t your fault to complete admiration. you love colour and your craft and you find ways to work around it. Go girl šŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for your kind words. I think most people figure out a way to work within their own limitations pretty quickly on.
      I also think knitters have a way of pushing those limitations more than others, which make us a pretty special group.

      1. Teachers in Aus are underpaid and underresourced, so I do think they do the best they can. Certainly two experiences aren’t indicative of my whole schooling career.
        That being said they still stick in my mind so clearly, how I felt and the feeling of frustration that I was doing what I thought was right.

      2. Yes, I am a teacher, too, and it can be a very demanding job, but I have learned from my students that I do not know enough ever and they can teach me a lot, too. It is what makes it so much fun. Your teacher was probably trying to figure that one out, like why is she doing it??? even though she couldn’t let you do it and you might have learned more about yourself by her pointing it out. I have some confusing school experiences, too, that I still ponder about like being corrected for finding that reading was much more interesting in first grade if I turned the book upside down and read the words that way. It wasn’t a popular idea for the reading teacher. lol And I still ponder about why not???

  3. I’m impressed by your journey with picking yarn colors ! I have to wear sunglasses because of bad headaches, so I know what it feels like to try to get the right color of a skein of yarn in a yarn shop when everyone seems to be staring at you ! I love shades of teal, and I must say I absolutely love your hair on the picture !

    1. That would make it difficult to do yarn shopping. Although the bright lights don’t really help with choosing yarn anyway.
      I often with they had lighting booths so you could see what a yarn looks like in sunlight, warm light etc.
      fluorescent light doesn’t do anyone any flavours.

      1. True ! Would be great to be at least allowed to pick a yarn an approach a window to see how it reacts to sunlight. But here in france, most of the time you can’t touche the yarn without having the whole staff staring at you like a thief…

      2. Wow that’s intense! How can you buy yarn without touching it? Well except online I guess.
        But that’s a bit torturous, having pretty yarn in front of you and not being able to pet it!

      3. I know ! It’s really frustrating and I’m often disapointed afterward, both by the touch and the color. But a lot of stores are like that in France, not just for yarn, I guess they see thieves in everyone…

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