Thursday, April 06, 2006

So let's talk about yellow and orange...

As it's been noted on many blogs, yellow and orange tend to be underutilized. I must confess, that yellow and orange aren't my first choice for my beadwork or my knitting. I do like the combinations of pink and orange (made a pretty necklace using those colors) and yellow looks very nice when accenting lavendar (my wedding colors). Overall though, it took my husband buying me burnt orange yarn to actually get the color into my knitting. As for yellow... well yellow has only been featured in variegated yarns of the stash. Now let's pause for a moment to reflect on the cultural implications of these colors. Let's start with yellow. Yellow is a nice bright color. It's the color of the sun. It's a color in flames. It's a color featured in many flowers, the daffodil for instance. However, it's also featured in the phrase, "What's a matter with you? Are you yellow?" The implication that yellow is a cowardly color. As an Asian, yellow has also been the word used to describe our skin color. Technically, this characterization is not true, as my skin is more olive than yellow. Yellow skin would mean jaundice. But I digress. Yellow is a complex color, no doubt about it. Let's now look at orange. Orange is the color of, well, oranges. Yummy! You can also find orange in flames, tabby cats, the California Poppy, Orange Chicken, I could go on. Orange is also the color that many fake 'n bakes will turn a person, plus nothing rhymes with orange. Truly annoying for the poet. Overall, I think of orange and yellow as being bright, in your face, cheerful colors. Orange and yellow aren't for the brooding, the quiet, or the shy. They scream, I'm here and I'm happy. It's one of the reasons I always seem to pick out orange shirts for my daughter. Orange just seems fitting for the child that runs into her big brother's preschool yelling, "HI!" One of the reasons why I'm challenged and yet having fun with the Project Spectrum's colors this month, is that by appreciating the yellow and orange in nature and in our lives, I'm finding that my mood has improved some. I just can't be all that sad or depressed when working with yellow or orange. I like it. I also think that I'll be thanking my lucky stars when we get to May and turn to green. The peppiness of this month is exhausting... So from my home to yours, Spongebob and Nemo say, "Go Giants! and eat lots of Reese's pieces!" P.S. Check out my completed Peeps sock! I love it! I've got to hurry up and finish it's mate so I can wear them on Easter.


Blogger amylovie said...

I agree that orange and yellow always lift my spirts. I dress my girls in those colors too.


4/06/2006 07:56:00 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Color research says that you should not paint a room yellow because it ruins the appetite and causes people to argue!

I love yellow as an accent - especially with a purple like you said. But on it's own it is just so exhausting. When I work with any strong yellow I feel like my eyes are being assaulted and I finally toss it aside saying "enough!".

For some reason orange is warmer and slightly more mellow.

Plus yellow makes me look like I have the flu! :)

4/06/2006 08:12:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

The sock looks great!

Not that many people look good wearing yellow, either... But I do find that looking around and finding yellow and orange out and about is very cheering.

4/06/2006 08:32:00 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

how did i know spongebob was going to make an apperence this month :)

4/07/2006 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I like yellow, but I never wear it. In fact, I almost bought a Yellow VW Bug because I thought it was such a happy car and a happy color.

However, I hate orange. Probably because I know that I don't look good in it.

4/07/2006 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger Mom (a.k.a. Mary Ann) said...

Just seeing Sponge Bob and Nemo cheered me up.

4/07/2006 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger Pioggia said...

My mother in law always uses an untranslateable phrase that basically means that yellow brings bad luck. Which is foolish, because she's not superstitious. I like the warmth of yellow and orange but I look greenish when I wear those colors.

4/07/2006 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

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4/07/2006 05:28:00 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

Above was me. I didn't proofread.

I love yellow and orange. The outside of my house is yellow and I have quite a lot of orange in my yarn stash.

Funny that you should include Nemo and part of your post. As part of this months colors, I made a scrapbook page, including Nemo in it as well.

4/07/2006 05:30:00 PM  
Blogger teabird17 said...

It's funny about both colors - I've never liked them, but suddenly I do. Especially orange. Maybe it's from reading Pi? I've even been considering buying a pale yellow blouse and a salmon scarf. When I mentioned my newfound feelings about these colors to a friend, she said the same thing - maybe there's something in the air? (Aside from killer pollen?) I'm always happy to see SpongeBob!

4/07/2006 05:58:00 PM  
Blogger Carrie K said...

I love orange. Not yellow so much and I look horrid in it, but I've always like orange. And Reese's, lol.

Nice peeps sock! Nice color analysis too. It's amazing how much color.....ah, colors our lives. Brown study. Black mood. Bluestocking.

4/08/2006 08:04:00 PM  
Anonymous becky said...

Mmmm....Reeses! I didn't like yellow until I saw how it looks with Provencal blue. But orange is a good choice, too.

4/09/2006 01:25:00 AM  
Blogger candsmom said...

I love the sock! It'll be perfect for Easter. I feel much the same as you about yellow and orange. They're not colors that I would normally choose for my knitting or crafts (except as accents), but since Project Spectrum began, I can't help but notice how happy and cheerful they make me feel. They look especially lovely together, combined with different hues of each color. And being a huge fan of Reese's, I can certainly see the merits of orange. ;-) Thank you so much for all your support and good wishes this past week- it really meant a lot to me. I hope all is well with you... take care, Jennifer! :-)

4/09/2006 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Nonnahs said...

I've become a fan or both orange and yellow over the past few years. Mostly as accent colors, but sometimes I go crazy and delve into the solids as well. It's all about the shades, I think.

4/10/2006 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

A nice thoughtful take on two colors I don't use in my knitting much either. I am enjoying reading everyone's Project Spectrum posts, particularly this one!

4/10/2006 05:06:00 PM  

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