Yarn pegs

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I’m loving crochet just now…it’s become very much my ‘me time’, and the people I’ve met in various crochet communities are all so lovely (if slightly bonkers like myself). I’ve still got oodles to learn about stitches and joining, but I’m OK with that.  One of the things, though, that I’m not confident about is colour matching.  I wonder if I overthink it at times; a sort of ‘seeking perfection’ throwback to my old ways of living, rather than just going with it and experimenting.

I’ve seen lots of people on various blogs making up yarn pegs to colour match, so I thought I would give it a try.

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I like as big a swathe of wool as possible on my peg, so I take it up to the name of the yarn.  I have seen people wrap just a little around the ends, which could work just as well and be much quicker.  My inner recovering control freak also like to wrap *neatly* – that’s just me, but if I didn’t my focus wouldn’t be on the colour but on the uneven yarn, so defeating the object of the exercise!

So I grip an end of yarn in the clippy end, then wrap the wool around the overhanging end up the peg and down, and then fasten the loose end back in the clip and cut it as close to the peg as I can.

I haven’t quite finished making them all yet – I ran out of pegs – but the ones I have made sit in a lovely dish in the middle of our kitchen table, in the bright day light so I can really see the true colour.  This means that whenever we have a meal, or I sit down with my laptop, I can just pull out pegs and have a play.

It also means my children can do the same, and it’s been so fascinating seeing their colour combinations.  My seven year old daughter especially has been really excited with this, and made this beautiful colour wheel…

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CREATED AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY MY CLEVER DAUGHTER

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PUT TOGETHER & PHOTOGRAPHED BY MY SUPERSTAR SON

Each play that ‘feels’ right I photograph so that I can remember the combination.  It was thanks to these pegs I was able to put together a colour combo for a friend who is having a baby boy.  I’m making her a sunburst granny square blanket, and I’ll be sharing that soon.

I do find myself being very inspired by nature, and what’s around me at a particular time.  Now I can grab the colours I’m seeing and put them together and start reflecting the beautiful displays that nature puts on.

So I would love to know; how do you decide on colours and match them?  Are you a bright yarn or pastel yarn person or a mix of both?  If you’re a colour mixer, how do you make sure your colours pop and balance?

Elizabeth xx

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I’m linking up with Crafting is my Therapy which this month is over at Me, You & Magoo

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  1. April 18, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    It’s a great idea, I keep meaning to do that too! I love brights kinda brightens up the day !!! #craftingismytherapy

  2. April 18, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    What an amazing idea! Such a clever way to work out colour combinations before you actually start a project. I desperately want to learn to crochet. My Mother-in-Law tried to show me last week, but I didn’t get it at all. My local wool shop runs courses, so I may try that. I see beautiful crochet projects on Instagram & Pinterest all the time…I’m itching to have a go! Thank you for linking up with #craftingismytherapy

  3. April 19, 2016 / 10:27 am

    What a great idea! I’d love to see what colour combinations my children come up with. I have a big project on the go at the moment but I’m already thinking about the next one and a system like this would be perfect to help me plan my colours. I think I’m a bright yarn person but I’m not very confident about colour combinations, I tend to follow a pattern where it has already been decided for me! Thank you for linking up to #craftingismytherapy

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