Birkin – today’s colour – speaks to birchwood or birch twigs.
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.
This colour reminds me of making silver Fair Isle patterned buttons in Mike Finnie’s workshop – The Red Houss – 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.
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.
On the beach, I find a big and happy Birkin-coloured pebble…
…and a lovely old black and silver tarp, covering up some fishing gear, that I feel also speaks to this shade.
Of the many beach huts that are grey, only one is Birkin.
Around our garage, I find lots of this lovely layered silver grey. It’s in our ladder…
…on the cap of the aforementioned grey metal priming spray…
…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!
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.
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.