I had a few hanks of yarn that I had chosen for color. These hanks were pleasant in appearance but overly bright and clashing when knitted up. Suddenly, during the period immediately after seeing a lot of my personal items looking particularly dirty and soggy, these bright colors called to me. Something I was never going to knit seemed like the ideal thing to knit. That was how I discovered that knitting with yarn that is bright and maybe not so beautiful can be helpful in crisis.
Of course, I was reasonable, choosing patterns for accessories that might mix into a wardrobe of neutrals and limiting myself to two projects. There was a Carlisle scarf with a central color of chartreuse sock yarn. I found enough sock yarn in my stash to complete the scarf.
Then there was a variegated sport-weight bfl that was a riot of green, yellow, and brown. I bought some lovely black Anzula Cricket to use with it and produced a Marley shawl that is appalling on the wrong side.
However, the right side is moderated by the black. Since I only wear such large shawls at home on chilly days, I find the bright colors cheerful on a gloomy day. The yarn itself is lovely--very soft and comfortable. If I tire of the colors, I could always dye it black.
I worried while I was knitting these projects that I was wasting my effort. Now that they are completed, I am happy with them. I am also happy that they took these yarns out of my stash.