50 shades of gray

Some time ago I saw on my facebook board a very funny photo saying: “The only 50 shades of gray I’d like to see are the ones in my stash.”
Seems like this sentence summarises my recent knitting preferences perfectly. Altought I try not to limit myself to my “safe” colors when I buy new yarn, I somehow ended up producing lots of gray garments recently. Not that I’m complaining, it’s just an observation :-)

“The color gray is an unemotional color. It is detached, neutral, impartial and indecisive – the fence-sitter. From a color psychology perspective, gray is the color of compromise – being neither black nor white, it is the transition between two non-colors. The closer gray gets to black, the more dramatic and mysterious it becomes. The closer it gets to silver or white, the more illuminating and lively it becomes. Being both motionless and emotionless, gray is solid and stable, creating a sense of calm and composure, relief from a chaotic world. The color gray is subdued, quiet and reserved. It does not stimulate, energize, rejuvenate or excite. In the meaning of colors, gray is conservative, boring, drab and depressing on the one hand and elegant and formal on the other, yet never glamorous.”*

So much for the theory, right? To tell you the truth I love gray yarn as the texture looks SO awesome in it :-) Gray doesn’t need a lot to shine, it looks perfect in stockinette, garter as well as cables. And there are so many colors you can pair it with!

First I made Cloud Bay. The yarn I used for this cardigan was hand dyed by Mel from Mellifera Yarns. It’s a really soft blend of merino, cashmere and nylon in a very subtle bluish shade of gray. I love that sweater – I wear it with granite wool trousers and a very saturated top underneath (think yellow! :-). So classy and cozy.

Cloud Bay

Shortly after this cardigan, I made Mrs Skyler. I watched almost all the series of “Breaking Bad” while making that cardi and thus the name :-) The cardigan is made in gorgeous Julie Asselin Leizu Worsted in a colorway that might fall into gray category – Birch. OMG, the moment I saw the texture on my swatch I knew this design and yarn were meant to be together. I think this cardi gets the most wear from me now and I do wear it just as modeled – with a pair of jeans, a top and some colorful neck piece (here “Dripstones Cowl”).

And then I made a gray pullover in one of the coziest merinos I’ve even had on my needles – De Rerum Natura Gilliat. When I sent the sketch of the design to Solenn and she asked me to pick color for it, I just knew it had to be gray… or nothing. This time the color Granit is darkish and looks exactly like its namesake – graphite granite. Yet again, add a pair of jeans and it’s awesome :-)

Lanvad

Is that the end? Not really :-) Some time ago I looked at the swatches in front of me and the cardigan I had on my needles. Hmmm… both swatches in gray; one in DK weight, the other aran and a new design in gray sport yarn. Think I need to go shopping for some reds or pinks now :-)

So is grey slowly overtaking you too?

*from Empower Yourself with Color Psychology