21. Birkin

Birkin and our house

Birkin – today’s colour – speaks to birchwood or birch twigs.

silvery pussywillow

I couldn’t find any photos of Birch in my stash of photos, but these fuzzy silver pussy-willow buds remind me of this soft and silvery shade that – like birch trees, like true silver – has a sort of warmth to it.

offcuts of silver pieces in a jar at The Red Houss in Shetland

This colour reminds me of making silver Fair Isle patterned buttons in Mike Finnie’s workshop – The Red Houss – in Shetland.

Silver button in Mike Finnie's workshop in Shetland

More prosaically, it reminds me of the metal shelf-brackets I’ve spent several days spraying first with grey metal primer and then with white, to hold up all our books in a room we’ve been decorating in time for Christmas.

Shelf brackets and spray paint and Birkin

Shelf brackets and spray paint and Birkin

The layers of white and grey on a clear plastic dust-sheet, laid on the concrete floor, go some way towards expressing the complexity of this grey.

Birkin and spray paint, layers of paint and dust sheets and concrete floor

On the beach, I find a big and happy Birkin-coloured pebble…

Birkin and Birkin-coloured pebble

Silver grey old fishing tarp

…and a lovely old black and silver tarp, covering up some fishing gear, that I feel also speaks to this shade.

Silver grey old fishing tarp

Of the many beach huts that are grey, only one is Birkin.

Birkin and Birkin-coloured beach hut

Around our garage, I find lots of this lovely layered silver grey. It’s in our ladder…

Birkin and ladder

…on the cap of the aforementioned grey metal priming spray…

Birkin and spray paint cap

…and on the metal guides of a truly excellent and powerful chop saw that one of my brothers kindly lent us for working on our shelves!

Birkin and chop-saw blade

But perhaps the nicest discovery is that the grey-ish colour of our house, about which I was not previously sure, is in fact a perfect match for Birkin.

Birkin and our house walls

Sometimes all you need to like a colour is a happy association with it; in this case, the joyful discovery that I have a ball of wool that matches the house and was made by a dear friend. Uncertainty be gone, for I love our Birkin-y house now that I know that’s what colour it is!

Sometimes you just need a frame of reference for joy.

What things will Birkin reframe for you 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.

2 thoughts on “21. Birkin

  1. I am looking at Birkin and Bruce together and thinking what a great combo for a pair of mitts or a hat! Or a scarf to go with my black coat . . .

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