one of the things i left off my knit plans for 2012 was the desire to try my hand at some kind of fair isle. i’ve never done any colourwork more complicated than stripes in the round in a  hat, and everyone says its easy, and two coloured mitts cant be that hard right? but as you saw from the list, i have a few other things planned, and probably won’t get to it!

i have been thinking about colour more broadly though, but mostly in relation to home decorating. i am still very much on holidays (another week after this one, and i’m loving it). so this last week has been a great mix of socialising, knitting, hanging around at home, swimming and watching cricket. on wednesday, i met up with some of my favourite people in sydney and we went to see the picasso exhibition at the art gallery of new south wales.

it was a really terrific collection, all of picasso’s own picassos, which he gave to the french state in lieu of taxes owed. they are now the bulk of the collection at the musee national picasso in paris, which, being under renovation, is shipping its entire collection around the globe. i’m a big fan of picasso, probably my third favourite painter after van gogh and vermeer. i particularly liked the way it was curated, chronologically from room to room so you get the progression across a life, and i really loved that these were the pieces picasso himself had kept. drawings from when he was just a boy in the early 1890s, right up to the beautiful and playful bathers statues from 1956 and and beyond. what an amazing artistic life. i grabbed a few mementos

including a large print of the ‘still life on a pedestal table’ (the same picture as on the cover of that notebook in the middle). it’s destined for the lounge room, which made me think that things in there needed a little freshening up. this is what its been looking like for a while.

then yesterday, i had an ikea play-date with pru and jane and a little ikea pixie called fiona who kept slipping things into my trolley.i tried to be disciplined, i even planned what i wanted from the catalogue.

after the obligatory meatballs for lunch,

we set out and i was pretty soon overwhelmed with just how many great things they have and how i pretty much want one of everything. we stopped for sustenance and a bit of knitting

before proceeding to the checkout.

i appear to have not got many of the things that were actually on my list, and a whole heap of soft furnishings instead. which is good, because now my lounge room looks like this:

a subtle but noticeable difference. the next thing to be replaced is that blanket hanging from the window to keep the morning sun out. curtains and rod have been acquired, they just need to be installed. i’m feeling a bit lucky today and might try my own hand at drilling. then again, perhaps not.

my next task is to do something about the colour scheme in my room. the problem here is that the walls are yellow

not a colour i would have chosen. and the air conditioner is in a stupid place which means i had to put that gorgeous rothko to one side. that beautiful blue and white quilt was made for me by george and i really want the rest of the room to work around that, so i probably need to start with a new quilt cover for winter. and i probably need to do something about all these red trinkets hanging off the fireplace.

or can you have red white and blue together in a room with yellow walls? i am not naturally colour minded, but i have some idea of what goes with what (as opposed to just throwing some balls of yarn on the floor and seeing what works). there is not much else about this rented house that i would change, but the yellow walls are one of them. they are unfortunately, here to stay. any ideas for what sort of colour scheme i can work with in there would be greatly appreciated!

in the meantime, i am keeping the knitting fairly simple, but still colourful. i am making good progress on the amiga cardigan in the rowan calmer “garnet’ colourway we picked up from janette’s rare yarns.

this is a fantastic yarn, a cotton/microfibre blend that is soft and stretchy and smooth, not like some of the rough cottons we’re usually subjected to. such a shame it took me so long to discover it, and that its now been discontinued.

a red cotton cardigan. a bit of a departure for me. must be something in the (brightly coloured) summer air!


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11 responses to “colourworks

  • RoseRed

    So nice to have a freshen up in the soft furnishings department! Lounge room looks great!

    Hmmm, yellow Walls, red accessories, blue and White quilt…I actually don’t mind red, yellow and blue together. It’s a bit French provincial, like those gorgeous coloured table linens you can buy in the south of France (or fake Frenchy shops in Sydney!). You can totally make it work, especially with the iron bed frame.

    Must discuss finer details of Amiga with you – gauge, sizing, stick size etc.

    • DrK

      ah yes, you know what would work to bring it all together? that initial quilt cover we liked with the red cross stitch, and that tapestry cushion i put back. that had red, yellow, white and blue stripes on the back. d’oh!

  • crafting, with chocolate

    I love Picasso too. He had such an incredible way of capturing things from multiple perspectives. The Museu Picasso de Barcelona is set out chronologically too, really helps get a sense of how his style developed over time.

    Love the loungeroom makeover, its always amazing what a difference a few cushions can make. And I agree with RoseRed, you can make blue, yellow and red work!

    Ooh fair isle, can’t wait to see some colourwork mittens from DrK!

  • gidgetknits

    Speaking as someone with a bright yellow room – yes, on purpose – red goes really well. As in the scarlet pimpernals I then painted on my walls. But your yellow is more mellow, so I think the blue works. I’d be tempted to break it up a bit more with white/cream for the French provincial, as RoseRed suggested.

  • sue

    I think your room do over looks great. In our last house all the walls were yellow, not quite as strong as yours are but we did have a cornflower blue wall painted on one in the bedroom and it went really well. Have fun redecorating, and curtains really do make a room too!

  • yogaknitdra

    All those colours will still go with the Rothko and that’s the main thing!

  • Sarah

    I actually love those yellow walls and the quilt is sooooo amazing I can see why you want that to be the focus. I think more red than just a twiddle and it should all work together. Looking forward to seeing your plan in action!

  • 2paw

    How lovely to have a Picasso exhibition. Very lucky!! I can see the change in your room and what a difference it makes. Yellow is a hard colour, but it does always look nice with blues and reds. I think of Sunflowers, the painting. Amiga looks lovely in the garnet, I think I would like a 4ply one!!!

  • donna lee

    We are anxiously awaiting the Van Goh (I can’t spell this morning) exhibit coming soon to Philadelphia.

    Splashes of color are so necessary in the winter here when everything is grey/brown. I love working on bright things. I keep hearing such good things about Calmer and I’m sorry it’s being discontinued before I got a chance to experience it. I wonder what they’re going to replace it with?

  • Annie

    It is nice to make changes at home, a bit hard when a rental, they may let you paint the walls in the bedroom. I love the colour of your yarn, so nice.

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