My stash is extremely varied these days: it actually leans more towards winter shades, as almost everyone in my immediate family is a winter, with the possible exception of my daughter. I think she's a little too young to have a season. But not for much longer. I find a lot of bright jewel-tones in my stash. Here's an example:
|Little Man's Birthday Sweater|
|My first attempt at Gemini|
|My Miss Babs Test Knit Yarn|
This is a sample of what I have. I have been given yarn that is bright as well; one year for Christmas my brother and sister-in-law gave me some gold and some dark pink yarn. I've picked up a couple of skeins of sock yarn - mostly in dark jewel tones or neutrals (like black). These are for me. If the project is for someone else, I usually try to find something that reminds me of that person. Like this project for Christmas:
This yarn actually has too much yellow for me personally (I'm not a yellow/orange kind of person), but for the intended recipient, it's perfect. I do use colors I like for others' projects, even if I wouldn't necessarily wear it myself. I could possibly wear these socks, as they would be socks, but I don't know that I would pick this for myself.
As this relates to my house, the house of the Monkey, color can be a challenge. Sometimes a color and a pattern clash. Take that lovely MadelineTosh sock yarn above: the yarn is loud. It has a voice of its own. To put too much of a pattern in it would be an atrocity, and the yarn would tell you. So would everyone else. Color is definitely my challenge: sometimes I look for only shades of grey. I get caught up in the lovely subtleties of neutrals. I have branched out in recent months, and surprisingly, I like it. Colorwork is one of my challenges too - I attempted twice to knit some colorwork gloves, and my tension is way too tight. I think it has to do with my stress level. In any case, maybe if I can get to it this year, I'll attempt some more colorwork.