An ode to yellow
“Oh great,” I thought. “Yellow walls.”
It was November 2008, and I had just moved into the house I bought with my now ex-husband. Our house was too big for the two of us, and because of this I was getting a real luxury: my own craft room, where I could have a comfy chair, bookcases of knitting magazines, stitch dictionaries, and patterns and, of course, all my yarn, displayed however I wanted.
I had only been in the house once before we moved in due to a fall busy with traveling, and didn’t remember the walls in what was now my craft room being pale yellow, a color I despised. Painting it would have to wait, as there were other things that needed to get done around the house and then, the next month, it snowed over 100” in a couple weeks. We had no snow blower. I think you can imagine how fun that was.
The longer I put it off, the more I began to appreciate the yellow walls. The room had windows that faced east and south, and in the morning the sunlight combined with the color gave the room a faint, comforting glow. I dropped my plans to repaint.
Last year the room became my safe haven during the final, crumbling days of my marriage, and the three months I lived in the house after we decided to split up. I moved to Houston and left behind the craft room, but took with me a new love of the color yellow.
About a month ago I showed you pictures of a cardigan I had started knitting out of a yellow MadelineTosh yarn. It’s finished now, save for blocking and weaving in ends. Before I cast on I was a bit skeptical as to whether I would really wear it – you know I love my neutrals – but after thousands of stitches I’m anxious to add it to my wardrobe (but realistic that it’s going to be awhile – sweater weather is about two months long here).
The shade I used for my Taos cardigan is called Candlewick and it might be the perfect yellow. Not too bright but sort of mustardy with a slight hints of orange and green. I love this color so much I’m going to use it again for what I think might be my next project.
For those of you not familiar with the term, grey + yellow = grellow, a color combination that has gotten quite popular over the last couple years. I know I am behind the times, but since my love of yellow is new I have only just hopped aboard the grellow love train. And love it I do.
Look at these colors together! I never would have thought of it myself, but grey and yellow are so complimentary. They make me excited to knit, to play with color, to make something new and to experiment. I’ve been knitting for over six years, and one technique I’ve yet to try is stranded colorwork. Grellow is going to change that for me, in the form of a hat.
My relationship with yellow is a new one, and like any new love affair it is exciting and time consuming. I apologize in advance if you see a lot of yellow around here in the next few months, it’s just I’ve met this new color and it’s so wonderful and unlike any color I’ve ever met before and I can really see myself spending the rest of my life with it…
This blog post is part of a trio of blog posts on the color yellow being published today by myself and two amazingly talented crafters. I urge you to check out Completely Cauchy and Med Pinner and read their odes to yellow too!