Thursday, December 9, 2010

The color of false optimism

Pantone, the world authority on color, breathlessly announces the 2011 Color of the Year: "Energizing Honeysuckle Lifts Spirits and Imparts Confidence to Meet Life's Ongoing Challenges." In capital letters no less!

I like the pink; everyone in the world looks great in pink, me especially. :-)  But this insistence on excessive optimism is a bit much to take in this terrible economic downturn and crazy-ass world.

Pantone also released a palette of other hip colors, all of which look too bright and cheery for my taste. Exotic Journey? I think not! All of these hues could stand a big dose of testosterone. They look like the yarn you would buy to make granny square baby blanket.
Meanwhile, I'm stressed out of my mind. Sixteen days until Christmas which means 14 days before Tom's sweater needs to be done (washing, blocking, and seaming must be completed before Santa comes, too). I'm halfway up the front and have finished the back and sleeves. I knit like crazy but it feels slow going; I can't wait until it's done. I need to knit a pair of mitts done before Christmas, too plus my business is busier than hell. That's good news, but I wish things were more relaxed so that I could be more relaxed.

I know I'm not alone. Stress abides in abundance in December and you're probably feeling it, too. Hang in there, girl. This, too, shall pass - and then we'll be on to a long, cold, dark winter. As Pantone tells us, there is much to look forward to.


  1. Hi Julie,
    You have the 'good news and bad news' thing going on! Good that your business is doing great but dang it, just when you need more time to get your gifts finished and have some time to relax and enjoy. Waaaah!!!
    Hope it all works out without too much hair-tearing.

    I don't think I'll be facing Life's Ongoing Challenges looking like a large orange popsicle or an over-ripe pear! Yeesh, bright is in!!!

    Love the picture with the crows! That's my kind of color! Hahaha! Oh, the cold dark winter, a great time to huddle up where it's warm and knit.

    Hang in there! Suddenly before you know it, the holidays will be over and we'll wonder what all the fuss was about.

  2. I especially like that last photo. It about sums up my mood of the moment. Good luck with pulling it all together in a timely manner (and not making yourself crazy in the process!)

  3. I have a summer set in a similar Beeswax tone and it looks great! Orange and yellow are my fave combo....but not tangerine-ish orange.

    I have had so many things prohibiting me from knitting these pastn2 days that I am behind.
    Gotta get those sticks clickin' like mad.

    If we don't slow down though, the carion crows will be circling over our locations!

  4. What are they thinking? Colors not to my liking. We are all stressed at this time of year. Hang in there - this too shall pass!(Moment in Time)
    a Knitter that loves to knit and hook rugs!

  5. I heard on the news this morning that come springtime we should all be prepared to be buying and seeing everyone and everything in the stores in Honeysuckle Pink, thanks to Pantone. The announcer didn't seem too happy as she read the piece and I could almost hear those who look hideous in pink let out a nationwide groan.