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/
2020, wow, as a kid in the year 19… something (like just after the earth’s crust cooled) you never really think that you’ll see the year 2020. Now, here I am making plans for what I will learn to do this year! Amazing! To that end, I do have a beautiful loom that I would really love to learn to use with more efficiency. It’s a double loom by Kblooms. I want to use this to make hats, scarves, maybe even strips of loom knit fabric for blankets.
As a family we have a subscription to BluPrint. This I plan to use to help me improve skills like learning better techniques for finishing projects. Perhaps making accessories for adults like shawls. As part of a more concerted effort to offer more choices in the way of accessories for those wishing to participate Christian worship. More about that at another time
Of course we can’t forget the two charities that function out of this house. Northern Adirondack Hats of Hope and Bangwe Babies Mission are vital to both our own community and the community of Bangwe in Blantyre District Malawi.
For myself, I’m looking forward to expanding my skills as a sewist. Using BluPrint classes, I want to learn how to create clothes for humans, not just my established dolls. Seeing what’s trending on markets such as DressLily, I can see things that I could make if I had the required skills. I’ve started small, some skirts for myself, but hey, progress is progress.
Another skill I want to learn is making custom dolls. With the variety of lovely things on the market and the number of customisers out there, I’ve gotten so much inspiration for things I’d like to try. It may only extend to making custom outfits, but that’s enough for me.
The third thing I want to try is making costumes and experimenting with makeup. I’ve always loved costumes and stage makeup and the art of making them, so it’s something I’ve been dying to try. I’ve always been a bit “chicken” about it, to be honest, but I have it in the blood, Mom is quite a hand with makeup and clothes. She gave me the push I needed to explore my interest in that area.
Here’s to a great new year!
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