When deciding on a yarn purchase are you drawn towards a particular colour? If you divide your stash by colour do you find over 50% of it is very similar in colour? Mine is. My colours are berries and wine from red through to purple.
I’m more likely to favour a project in these colours, buy yarn in these colours etc. So what impact does this have on what I knit?
In general if the sample or picture is in a colour I wear Iwill be more likely to think it is a nice pattern. I will be more critical of patterns shown in colours I hate, I could even dismiss it completely based on colour especially if it is intarsia or fair isle and the choices made by the designer are not in my pallette.
I make an effort to look at the design rather than the overall look of the object or the picture. Remember how offputting the ‘artistic’ photos in Rowan magazines were a few years ago? A man’s jumper worn with sarong and 3 hats on his head. You had to look carefully to see that this was actually a nice jumper and could be worn easily with jeans. The same applies to colour. I ask myself how would that look in a blueberry, deep claret or pinky strawberry.
I still can’t be sure that I haven’t overlooked some really cool pattern because it was knitted in orange or mustard or khaki…