I've always been a bit color challenged when it comes to figuring out what looks best on me. I'm that annoying woman in the yarn store holding up skeins and asking anyone who passes by, "do you think this color looks good on ME? Does it look better than this one? Are you sure?"
Years ago I went to one of those parties where you they draped you in a pink cloth and a peach cloth and determined if you were a "warm" or a "cool" season. I was declared by one and all to be a "warm" season. I wasn't an autumn, so that meant I was a"spring". I bought the little book of spring color swatches and I used to take them shopping with me all the time. But after awhile I stopped using them because I never felt "quite right" in the colors that were supposed to be MY colors.
Lately, I've been buying a lot of black because it was "slimming" and I had put on a little (okay a lot) of weight. But since I've been shedding those pounds, I knew it was time to start putting color back in my wardrobe. As much as I'd like to think otherwise, I know I don't look my best in black. Black is also not that fun to knit with.
A few weeks ago I decided to give color analysis another try. This time I went to a trained image consultant who uses a system that is based on the colors in your own body (hair,skin, eyes) and she created the color palette that best reflects me not what some "formula" says I should be.
When I saw my complete palette sitting on the tray I was sort of shocked. Where were the peaches, the oranges, the bright yellows and greens that I'd been told were "my colors"? No black there either.
Instead there were soft blues and greens, bright teals and soft browns and warm pinks. I thought about my wardrobe at home and couldn't recall very much of it containing any of the colors she said I should be wearing to bring out the best in me. But I knew, the minute I saw it that these really are MY best colors.
My personalized color palette arrived in today's mail and the first thing I did this morning was to haul out my yarn stash and see how many yarns are a color match. Some yarn previously targeted for me got moved over to the "knitted gifts" pile, but there were actually several good matches (including the cowl yarn), yeah!!
It may take me awhile to find clothes in these colors and in a style that suits me, but I know that this palette will be a huge confidence builder for choosing yarn for projects I plan to knit for myself. This is probably not going to be a good thing for my wallet!