7. Stockiemuir

Stockiemuir yarn balanced on clothes recycling bin

Today’s colour is Stockiemuir, a glorious yellow green shade that’s almost (but not quite) the colour of this luminous macaron!

Pistachio macaron

Observe this lettuce on the chopping board – one of life’s greatest yellow green pleasures; somewhere in the ombre joy of a lettuce heart is the point between yellow and green at which Stockiemuir is born!

Stockiemuir on the chopping board with an iced gem lettuce

Kate says this colour was named after “a well-known stretch of common land near our home… Muir means moor, of course, and stockie points to the fact that the land was once used for common grazing. In spring, the Stockiemuir suddenly bursts into to life in just this shade of green: the vibrant colour of fresh, young, new growth”.

I certainly see stretches of grazed common land here. Though these photos were taken in autumn and not in spring, Ronnie Eunson’s wonderful Shetland flock seem very happy on their Stockiemuir-coloured hills.

Ronnie Eunson's flock of Shetland sheep and Stockiemuir-coloured land

Ronnie Eunson's flock of Shetland sheep and Stockiemuir-coloured land

Closer to home here in Hastings, I am surprised by how many things in the garden even on a grey and rainy morning speak to this shade.

Hello, mosses…

Stockiemuir and moss

Stockiemuir and mosses

Stockiemuir and mosses

…and lichens.

Stockiemuir in lichen-covered branches

The passionflower plant that grows towards the back of the garden is a bit Stockiemuir-ish as well…

Passionflower plant and Stockiemuir

…and on a drab grey winters’ day in the UK, some of the brightest flashes of colour can be found in ragged bramble leaves.

Stockiemuir and bright bramble leaves

Stockiemuir and bright bramble leaves

The folks who lived here before us had a great penchant for planting palm trees in the garden. As their tough leaves yield to the firsts frosts and are blown yellow by December winds, they speak to Stockiemuir, too.

palm leaf with Stockiemuir coloured edges

Cut palm leaf and Stockiemuir

Stockiemuir and palm leaves photographed indoors on the table

Inside the house, there are plenty of happy flashes of Stockiemuir joy to be found. The cactus buddy on the windowsill by my kitchen sink has an affinity for this yellow-green colour with its blush of rusty warmth…

Cactus on windowsill and Stockiemuir

…and it’s the same colour as one of Mark’s favourite store-bought sweaters.

Stockiemuir-coloured sweater and yarn ball

My “I Love Shetland” badges have a touch of Stockiemuir…

I Love Shetland badge and Stockiemuir yarn

…and though it’s not the exact same as any of the yarns I used, Stockiemuir seems to speak to the palette in this cherished phone-cosy that I made in Wilma Malcolmson’s “Painting with yarn” class at Shetland Wool Week a couple of years ago.

Phone cosy and Stockiemuir yarn

Thinking of it, Stockiemuir reminds me of another special Shetland memory: Da Heoghland Rodd, and the shades Caroline and I dyed our yarns for making socks to pay homage to this place.

Felix's socks peek out of the corner of the frame, speaking to all the colours hidden in the landscape

Down by the shore here, the clay is a dull yellow cream. But here and there, a sort of algae lichen moss traces bright green lines through the ground, like veins of Stockiemuir.

Stockiemuir and veins of green on the ground

Stockiemuir and veins of green on the ground

Stockiemuir and veins of green on the ground

If you want to recycle your clothes in St. Leonards-on-sea, you’ll find a wondrous Stockiemuir-coloured bin where you can leave them.

Stockiemuir-coloured clothes recycling bin

Stockiemuir yarn balanced on clothes recycling bin

Venturing out with Stockiemuir has made me think a lot about the balance of yellow within every shade of green.
What has Stockiemuir inspired you to think about, today?

These posts coincide with the KDD & Co. Colour Compass advent calendars. Each day, throughout December I’ll be opening my calendar beside you, and exploring the yarn shade that is revealed for that day. Read more about these posts here, and prepare for a few weeks of polychromatic fun as we discover the shades together and revel in their suggestive associations and creative possibilities together! Even if you don’t have a calendar, I hope you’ll love exploring colours with me, and thinking about each shade as it appears, and how it is connected with the everyday colours of your life.

4 thoughts on “7. Stockiemuir

  1. I cannot tell you how very much I’ve been enjoying your posts. The amount of thought and care you’ve put into each post is amazing.

    The stained glass window across the room from me is mostly Stockiemuir colored.

  2. I don’t have a calendar; but your post gives the day its one colour. Now I am looking different to my surroundings. Thanks. Can’t wait to see the pattern coming.

  3. Coincidentally, I am wearing a shirt almost exactly this shade today. The fabric is heathered and has pretty much all the same colors in it!

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