By Letizia De Antoniis @yorokobiness
Each year, Pantone, the leading authority on color, announces their Color of the Year — a shade meant to inspire designs, fashion, and creative people in general. This year’s Color of the Year was chosen to inspire boundary-breaking innovation and thoughtful introspection, through a rich, blue-based purple hue: Ultra Violet.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute says of the hue:
“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”
I confess that each year I wait anxiously and enthusiastically for the moment Pantone makes this announcement and this year I felt a little bit disappointed, because I’m much more a Rose Quartz (2016), Marsala (2015), and Tangerine Tango (2012) kind of person! However, since I knew the Pantone Color of the Year was Ultra Violet I’ve started seeing this hue everywhere and gradually I’ve begun to fell in love with it.
About this color
The institute said about this color: “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.
Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”
Wow, that sounded amazingly inspiring to me, so I thought to knit something new using this color. My personal process to a new creation is based on three steps:
- Create a color mood-board
- Choose a yarn
- Decide what to knit
How to create a color mood board
- Choose a soundtrack, mine was this à https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veX9dotK_do
- Find inspiring objects of your daily life that belong to the same Ultra Violet nuance.
- Assembly them together
- Get inspired by the combination of thoughts, sounds, shapes, and tastes that the mood board suggests to you
Choose a yarn and decide what to knit
Actually, steps 2 and 3 are interchangeable. In my experience, first I fall in love with a yarn and then I choose a pattern.
Among the amazing Amano yarns, I’ve found attractive hues of different fibers and textures. This time I felt in love with Ayni - Purple Corn (80% baby alpaca, 20% silk) and Pacha – Deep Perwinkle Blue (50% Mulberry Silk, 25% Superkid Mohair, 25% Wool), still I don’t know what to knit but I’m sure I’ll find some great ideas. Did you have any experience with these beautiful yarns? Can you suggest some new project I can realize using Ayni or Pacha?