erica has been urging me to write about the background to the new purple knitting club we’re offering and i merrily agreed; a week ago, it sounded like great blog fodder. but i have to admit that over the last two days, i’ve had a hard time coming up with anything to say—i mean, the idea pretty much speaks for itself, haha!
purple is a color that i like and that i wear well—these days, it makes the most of my gray/white hair color and pale olive skin tones. but i’m not really a purple fanatic—i have an even deeper affection for greens and gold, which used to be “my colors” when my hair was brown.
i was, however, quickly schooled by (some of) my knitspot family that purple was indeed not a color at all, but a concept, an obsession, a lifestyle. people who love purple are well, passionate. ok actually, there isn’t a word to describe the grandness of scale that a person’s love for purple can achieve, but it’s big.
it was obvious that the most popular chapters in our fall in full color clubs were those that revoked around purple—the first being echo of bells, which we knit with a mink/cashmere yarn blend back in december, 2011. the leftover yarn skeins got sold in the blink of an eye, leaving many clubbies clamoring for more. i jokingly said to david and erica, “ha, we should do a purple-only club!”.
david nodded sagely and erica said, “you wouldn’t”. of course it’s beyond my control to walk away from a dare, so the only answer to that was, “i would. and i will“.
(and in my mind i said, and i ain’t stopping at purple neither.)
yes, it’s no secret that knitters love purple—ask any dyer you know; it’s the most popular yarn color. so why not have a club that indulges that passion! we know dyers—lots of them. let’s ask some of our favorites to pull out all the stops and show us their best purples. what’s not to love??
just for fun, i went through my photo archives to pull out all the purple yarn photos i have on hand; i thought you’d enjoy a little pre-club excitement.
these are examples of yarns i’ve been sent over the years by the wonderful hand dyers i’ve had the good fortune to work with—some of them have been knit into designs and projects and some are still waiting their turn. if they inspire you as they do me, you can see an even bigger set of luscious purple yarn photos in the flicker album i made—take a walk down a purple memory lane.
of course not everyone is so single minded about color; many of us have a more temperate attraction to purple, among other colors we enjoy and this club is for each and every one of us. have no fear that this club is parade of royal, radiant, vivid purples—no way. we will explore the gamut from gunmetal to plum to heather to lavender, with some mixes and some real surprises.
the yarns will also range in weight from lace to heavy DK and we’ll knit projects from them that are designed to make the most of both the color and the character of the fiber. designs will include a range of seasonal accessories that might make great gifts, if you didn’t want to keep them all for yourself. of course, smart clubbies go with the double-dip yarn option or yarn add-on so they can have their purple cake and eat it too (triple dippers will have to make special arrangements with david, but i’m sure as always, he’ll be happy to accommodate whatever level of desire will suit you).
as i said earlier, i like to wear purple because it looks good with my coloring, so in the process of putting this post together, i began to wonder how that fact influenced my choices in design samples—did my portfolio have a crazy-big representation of purples?
when we combed through and came up with a list, i found that while i did indeed have some lovely hand knits in the purple family, they only represent about ten percent of the entire portfolio i have knit up—just about the percentage one single color family should have, if you kept things even-steven among all the secondary colors and some neutrals.
curious to know more or to get a bit of a preview of what a knitspot club is like? click here for FAQs about the club or here to sign up for a membership. that’s also the link you can share with anyone who asks what you want for mothers day, wink; we now have a handy gift membership option that makes it super easy.
you are very welcome to visit our ravelry knitspot in full color clubhouse any time to hang out with clubbies and take a peek at the discussion threads. they are the best—welcoming, fun, and warm, you will find yourself right at home there.
and i hope you’ll join us for a fun foray into a total one-color experience—yes, it’s a different sort of club and bound to be fun times.