Here at MDK we have a time-honored principle of color that has served us well over many years of colorwork: Juicy and Blah.
Let’s take a moment to review this foundational concept. We’re not going to say this is foolproof, but it’s pretty damn close to foolproof. I mean: when you follow this basic idea, you’re going to have a swell time.
A giant pile of Rowan Felted Tweed will serve as visual aid.
These are colors with saturation, depth, zing, and oomph. They could be called “gutsy.” One might go so far as to call them “vivid.” We’re going to keep digging up adjectives until we need to go home.
To be clear, “blah” is a high compliment to us. Blah colors are the gentle, soft friends where subtlety and nuance are the name of the game. These are colors that let your eye rest, that tug at your heart. They are soothing, kind, friendly. We are not going to use the word “pastel.” But we are going to use the words “Jordan Almonds.”
A knitter will find a lot of fun simply working within each of these two worlds of color. Maybe you think of yourself as a Juicy person. Or maybe Blah is your jam. We get that.
But we’re here to help. Maybe today is the day when you rethink everything and jump over the fence to the other side. Juicy, meet Blah. Blah, this is your new friend Juicy.
What Happens When You Combine Juicy and Blah?
Well, have a look. In each of the panels below, you’ll see Juicy up top, with a totally random Blah below. I spent about four seconds putting these combinations together, and I submit that they’re all at least interesting.
Up top: Juicy. Below: Blah.
There can be low or high contrast Juicy and Blah combinations.
The tweedy beauty of Felted Tweed adds a layer of depth to any combination. In some cases, the fleckly bits are a slightly different texture, creating even more interest.
You can stay in the same color family, or not.
When to Use Juicy and Blah?
The cowls and scarves in Field Guide No. 13: Master Class serve as perfect canvases for exploring Juicy and Blah. Kaffe Fassett has made a career of exploring the juxtaposition of color. We hope you’ll jump in with us as we astonish and amaze ourselves with color experiments.
These are all Rowan Felted Tweed colors, which you can see in more detail over in the MDK Shop.