Colour is one of our greatest expressions of ourselves when we choose to knit or crochet, so how do you choose what colours you buy and crochet or knit with? Have a look through your stash and see if there is a predominance of one colour. Do the same with your finished projects -- do they match? Do you love a rainbow of bright hues, or more subdued tones? How much attention do you pay to the original colour that a garment is knit in when you see a pattern? Tell readers about your love or confusion over colour.
First of all, right off the bat I think I need to point out that even though I am an American I adore the UK spelling of "color" as "colour". It gives the word so much more flavor. And that is what colour is really about for me -- flavor.
I'll be the first to admit that I may not be the most colour coordinated person around. I like to take colour risks. Sometimes it works and I feel very fashion forward. Sometimes it fails and I am quick to blame the fact that I really don't have any fashion sense. I wore uniforms for six years of my life and nothing will make you crave colour in your life more than navy, khaki, and maroon plaid skirts. If you visit my high school today there are several nit-picky rules that apply to colour and come with the footnote "you can blame Faith for this one." My favorite ways to get colour in my days was through my socks, which is something you can still say for my handknit ones today (they look much more sedate sitting together, but they're all bright and crazy when viewed solo).
A quick flip through the stash does not turn up a predominance of any one colour. Looking at the stash I've acquired just this year shows a wide variety of shades -- and these are just the skeins waiting to be knit.
I am one of those people who looks at what they have before they buy more stash. I don't have a large disposable income, so I have to make my purchases count. The exception to the rule is when yarn is named after certain geeky things. This really is how I have started making my purchase decisions. Yes it is pretty, but what is it named after?
With regards to a colour preference, I don't really have one. As long as there is colour, I'm happy. I did go through a red phase last year -- probably an unforseen consequence of spending so long deep in Soviet research -- and I have recently dabbled in more sedate hues, but I am fast moving back to bright colours, verigation, and maybe even just a tad bit of neon. I have a wedding coming up, so you'd think I'd be interested in whites and pale pale pinks, but no -- I may not be able to pull off tangerine without becoming as white as a china doll, but I can rock a most shocking shade of blue.