When garment makers, corporations, sports teams and even forensic scientists need some color advice they go to the source of color intelligence, Pantone! Every year the Pantone Color Institute chooses a color for the year. It’s sort of the guide to all things fashionable. As such color is SERIOUS business. The Color Institute works very hard to choose just the right color. Today my daughter @T.k. Wilson and I will be sharing the blog… about blue :)
This year’s color is 19-4052 Classic Blue. https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2020 In 2019 the color of the year was Living Coral and in 2018 the color of the year was Ultra Violet. Both fabulous colors. To be honest Classic Blue didn’t “Wow” me. It wasn’t a color that my inner self yelled; “YES! This color is “Pantone-mine”” if-you-will. However, since the announcement I’ve “warmed” to the color and have started to incorporate it into my plans for my business and for my clothing choices (yes that means new clothes LOL) From favorite jeans to hats and scarves, Classic Blue is where it’s at.
I have a few favorite patterns in knit and crochet that feature gorgeous blue yarns:
T.K. here! I must admit, I shared my Mom’s less than enthusiastic reception of “Classic Blue”, since I naturally am drawn to brighter colors like pink and red. But also like her, I’ve warmed up the idea. In addition to being a fabulous color, classic blue is also associated with several of my favorite charities and awareness causes. The blue awareness ribbon is for anti-bullying, child abuse awareness, Free Speech, Foster Care Awareness (and is in particular associated with my favorite nationwide foster care charity Together We Rise) Crime Victim’s rights, because blue is associated with police, and Dysautonomia, all causes near and dear to my heart.
Because of the high instance of bullying in the news, I want to especially focus on that, and especially on lesser-known causes of bullying. For instance, according to a 2018 NPR article, 32 percent of children with food allergies have been bullied using their allergen at least once. A further third of the pool of respondents reported repeated bullying.
Furthermore, serious food allergies are qualified as a disability in the eyes of US law. Add to that, many food allergic children also have comorbid mental health or learning issues, such as ADHD and Autism.
In order to fold all forms of bullying into one awareness project I would like to emphasise #HatnotHate, a cooperative project instigated by Lion Brand Yarns to distribute handmade blue hats to schools across the country to spread the message of anti-bullying in what is known as “craftivism”. You can find out more here: https://hatnothate.org/
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