What’s a Color Card? Why Would I Need One of Those?By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 8 Comments
That sweater! You love it and you have to make one! When you feel motivation like this, you know that you’ll practice project monogamy and work on it and only it until you can wear it proudly. But since this is a significant investment of time and attention, you want to make SURE the final product is one that you’ll absolutely love. You need to KNOW that will be well worth the time, effort, and I’ll say it, MONEY that you’re about to put in.
There is nothing worse than the following scenario: You’ve spent a lot of time thinking, comparing, asking for advice, and dreaming about your perfect yarn. You’ve excitedly selected it right down to the color that will perfectly compliment your wardrobe. You anticipate the package arriving at your doorstep, and eagerly tear into it to find that the COLOR of this yarn, this perfect, perfect yarn is just… not what you thought. Crestfallen.
Actually, this did happen to a friend of mine, and this exactly why a color card can save your life!
Okay… maybe that was a tad dramatic, but it really does happen and a color card can be a great tool to help you avoid such situations.
So what’s a color card? Think of it as a paint chip for yarn. It’s basically a collection of small yarn samples, usually collected on a piece of heavy cardstock.
Why would you want one of those? Well, think of your favorite yarn line. How cool would it be to have a few inches worth of every single yarn they make, each one labeled with color name and important stats? I don’t know about you, but I would love this! Having said that, I only have one color card in my library.
I was visiting a Navajo & Hopi trading post in Arizona and they sold YARN! How cool is that? As I selected skein after skein of beautiful wool, I inquired about online ordering and the clerk presented me with a free color card. I took it not knowing what I would do with it, but I can tell you I’ve looked upon it for inspiration time and time again. It’s perfect for creating dynamic color combos and seeing exactly how the fiber will look and behave!
You can find color cards in catalogs and on the websites of your favorite yarn companies. For some reason, they’re not free, but they could still be a great resource for your daily crochet designs and dreams!
So what about you? Have you ever used a color card? If so, how? If not, what do you think of them? A friend of mine believes they should be free, and I tend to agree with her, but what do you think?