18. Gloamin’

Gloamin' and amethyst paper

With a name that means twilight or dusk, Gloamin’ – our colour for today – is an intricately layered shade of purple.

To me, this purple is a very good match for the lovely colour layered through a so-called “red” onion…

red onion cut open, and ball of Gloamin'

ball of Gloamin' and a cut open red onion

ball of Gloamin' and a cut open red onion

…yet I don’t see much of a match when I place the ball beside some “purple” grapes.

Gloamin' and grapes

I have a habit of over-dyeing clothes and fabric scraps in the washing machine. A caramel-coloured velvet off-cut that went into a washing machine dyebath of purple fortuitously turned out a good match for Gloamin’; and a little hand-knitted rose-brooch from my friend Caro that I’ve had for years plays well with this yarn shade, too.

knitted rose brooch from Caro with a touch of purple in it, posed beside ball of Gloamin'

Because of Cadburys chocolate and their corporate appropriation of a particular shade of purple for their marketing, I always associate a certain shade of purple (not this shade) with that brand of chocolate. But this nice bar of dark chocolate from ALDI is a better match for Gloamin’, to my eyes.

Gloamin' and ALDI chocolate

Gloamin' and ALDI chocolate

Remember what I was saying about wrapping paper? Well, long before we moved to the coast, I found a shop in Hastings that sells sheets of wrapping paper that look like the insides of an amethyst cave. I love this wrapping paper beyond all reason. Especially because anything you wrap in it (for example, a book for your tiny niece or nephew) looks like a giant crystal! To me, this feels magical. Happily Hastings still has this shop, and as a special treat to all of you HERE IS GLOAMIN’ IN A MATCHY AMETHYST WORLD OF PURPLE DREAMS!!!

Gloamin' and amethyst paper

So satisfying: the neps and glints of other colours in the yarn feel so similar to the multicoloured, glittery surfaces of the crystals printed on the paper…

Gloamin' and amethyst paper

…the yarn is a bit darker and reflects the light differently than the paper, but I think these are a lovely match.

Down by the shore, there are further nuggets of Gloamin’ to be found. As I turn a corner onto the beach, I see that outside one of the beach huts, there is a little stash of pretty painted stones. Someone has clearly had a lovely time transforming and decorating the shingle.

Beach hut with painted stones - one of them looks very Gloamin'-y

Beach hut with painted stones - one of them looks very Gloamin'-y

You have to look for it, but from time to time you’ll find a bramble with thick stems that are tinged a purple-colour close to Gloamin’. Can you see what I mean? Just the barest touch along those thorny stems…

Brambles with Gloamin' on their branches

…And I found one hut that has used this shade of purple as a wonderful accent colour on its shutters and on the edges of its roof gable.

Gloamin' and beach hut

Gloamin' and beach hut

Gloamin' and beach hut

Gloamin' and beach hut

I also see a bit of Gloamin’ in this sunset from Weston-super-Mare from February, 2022.

Gloamin' coloured sunset in Weston-super-Mare

To what skies, plants, vegetables, fruits and rocks does Gloamin’ draw you?

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.

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