Summer Color Trendscomments (5) July 13th, 2008
Summertime is the season of sensory abundance, ripe with inspiration and the raw material for our imagination workshop. Songbirds provide the soundtrack to a fantasmagorical display of color. Stop and look around you and just try to count the number of different shades of green you see. Contrasting the endless greens are marigold yellow, coral rose, geranium red, petunia purple, and cerulean blue jay. A trip to the beach introduces the water shades from emerald to turquoise, moss green to tannin, and clear blue to steel gray. Ringing the beach, the terrain is shell pink to sandy beige and rose granite to seal gray. Spinning above us, the infinite sky brings in the morning with sherbet pinks and orange, enveloping the day misty gray or Carolina blue and then tucking us in at night with a velvety blanket of deep royal black embroidered in sparkling silver.
The color story for summer 2008 mimics these colors of nature. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, proclaims, “Stabilizing neutrals combined with pops of brighter colors to create unique, distinctive looks are the basis for a great spring and summer wardrobe.” Punch up your calming neutrals with bright colors in reds, cool blues, and organic greens to combine class with sass. Top designers were inspired by the safari and spice market colors of Africa and the vibrant sea tones and flora of the Mediterranean. Update your wardrobe with this season’s “it” colors!
The leading yarn companies are right on trend and have released an exciting color range of summer-season yarns perfect for knitting up a cool tank, tee, wrap, or fun accessory. Plymouth Yarn Company’s Bristol Yarn Gallery line features its popular Somerset pima cotton/silk yarn in a range of nature’s warm and bright colors.
Did you know that bamboo is the fastest-growing woody plant in the world with a grow rate of up to 4 feet per day? Talk about a renewable resource! Berroco’s bamboo ribbon yarn, Bonsai, will have you knitting at the speed of bamboo!