I like the concept of mood yarn. I am not talking about something like mood rings – you touch it and it changes color. Also this might have been interesting too. What I am talking about is that very often my decisions about which color yarn to buy or to use for a certain project will reflect my mood.
And the opposite, working with the bright, colorful yarn can lift up my spirit.
I have been going through my stash lately. Looking for the mood-altering yarn, thinking about the yarn I already have. I found a ton of dark green, and navy yarn. Why? I almost never knit or crochet with these colors. Most of this yarn is Woolease, that I got when we lived upstate. I think the last time I used that green, was when I was re-learning to crochet, more than 10 years ago. I do not think I will ever use it again. And yes, the times were really difficult then. I kept having miscarriages, and was more than a bit depressed.
Then I have found a load of pink yarn. In all shades of pink. From pale shell pink to vibrant shocking pink. How did I manage to amass this much? OK, let me think, a lot of it was bought before I had DS#3. I was sure that I would be having a girl, and had to be prepared. I think I managed to visit my favorite yarn store at least 5 times in the last month. Of course, it never entered my mind to buy blue or at least some neutral color just in case. Oh no, I had intuition! This meant that I just had to make my poor, exhausted DH to stop by the yarn store on the way from the Bris to get some more yarn. This time in the approved colors. By the time I was pregnant with DD#3 I have managed to forget all about my pink stash. So, yes, I bought more pink yarn. And then after it was medically confirmed that I had a girl – my midwife said so the first thing I thought about was – I need more pink yarn. I think I was one and only patient to show up for a delivery dragging a duffel-bag full of yarn. Hey, I even managed to knit socks for my midwife between contractions. Talk about pain relive – better than epidural!
Last time I went to Sheep and Wool I was in such a good mood! Forget the rain and the umbrella that refused to open. I was buying purple. As much purple as I could get my hand on. It was so much fun! I got some solid purple – almost plum, and some bright purple. Purple mixed together with other colors! Thank G-d I run out of money, or my DH might have turned purple dragging my loot to the car.
I have been moody, grumpy and dopey all rolled into one mean pregnant Mammy. So I have decided that it was time for something drastic – a new project. Probably a shawl, using this yarn.
It is Egyptian Mercerized Cotton, by Blue Heron. The colors are so bright and lovely, that I cheered up just winding it up into a ball.