Editor’s inspiration: in praise of pink!
The weather has gone wrong in London. Merion has cherry blossom scattered like confetti all the way up her road, and it’s sending her into dreams of palest pink crochet!
I’m worried about the weather. I have a little almond tree in my garden trying desperately to flower, and a road full of cherry trees bursting forth with pink froth – but it’s only the beginning of February. The weather here in the UK is uncharacteristically clement, and the plants are so confused! Although my angst is lurking, (will my almond tree try and produce anything this year if it’s trying too early?) I am enchanted by the blossom that is blowing like confetti on to the pavement, tinting the gardens with palest pink and it has rekindled my love for that most contentious of colours – pink!
Pink gets a lot of bad press – mostly from its commercial girly connotations, but pink has not always been regarded as a feminine colour. In centuries gone by, pink was regularly worn by men to denote masculinity, as a derivative of red, which was deemed to be a truly “war-like” colour. I love pink! Pink suits me. I am not a particularly girly girl, and my truly favourite colours are duck egg blues and greens – but I love pinks – from ballet pink, dusky rose, rich cerise, cherry blossom – I love them all.
I’ve decided to crochet myself a cowl in pink this week as an homage to all this beautiful blossom – so I’m going to take you on a tour of my favourite pinks! First off, a very easy yarn to work with, Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester DK in Rose (008). I absolutely love the semi-solid tint in this shade – and it would make a beautiful spring scarf – I’m particularly thinking of this brilliant free pattern download from the brilliant Betsymakes, the Sparkle Scarf, which is perfect for a quick project!
I must tell you about this fabulous Bergere de France yarn that caught my eye – Plume! It’s a wool and acrylic blend that is feather textured, and beautifully soft and it will crochet into the most gorgeous scarf! I am particularly struck by this pink – it’s a ballet pink combined with a rather nostalgic pale rose. Crochet on a 5-6mm hook – I would be inclined to work this gentle-blossom-petals-drifting-in-the-breeze kind of yarn quite loosely to make the most of its super soft loft. A wrap to swirl around my shoulders for the theatre or even a walk in the woods sounds nothing short of fabulous! Simple stitches work best with these kinds of yarns, so rows of trebles (doubles for the US) would work just fine, with some pretty tassel edging – don’t be looking for stitch definition here – the idea is to transend stitchery for glorious softness you can just fall into – let the yarn do the work!
For cotton blankets, this Rico Creative Cotton Aran colour pack is great value – My Princess (ok, it is following the stereotype but we’ll look past that) is a pack of ten 50g balls in pinks and white with a little lilac thrown in. Perfect for granny squares or rasperry ripple blankets!
Look at this lovely trio! If you love knitting with acrylics, Caron Simply Soft is a fabulous choice – a great range of shades, and amazing value for 170g balls! If you fancy making up a blanket, this is a great choice – washable, and easy to work with… and if you want to play ombré, just look at these pinks!
From left to right: Caron Simply Soft Fuschia (9764), Plum Wine (9722) and Victorian Rose (9721).
Imagine you’re in an orchard of cherry trees, surrounded with blossom! Take a stroll through our pink yarns and threads and be inspired!
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