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Dark or light, black or white?

 

Skin is the largest organ in our body, it serves to protect our internal organs against the environment. One major factor that sets us apart is the colour of our skin. Genetics, UV exposure and Geography are just a few of the environmental factors that attribute to the skin colour you were born with and any changes to your skin colour throughout your life.

Alternatively, there are many ways people can artificially change the colour of their skin. Primarily these changes are only temporary and usually done to have that subtle ‘glow’ to the skin, before the start of any holiday where swimwear will be worn.

In extreme cases, a more permanent option to change the colour of your skin can be done by a visit to the doctor, who somehow changed the skin colour of one of the greatest celebrities of our generation. He was born an African American but died looking like Casper The Friendly Ghost.

michael jackson crochet doll

Problem Skein?

 

I received an email almost a month ago from a customer who was looking for recommendations on a particular yarn colour that they could buy for their new project. This is not an unusual request by any means for me, since I am the owner of a business that retails yarn and accessories. Talking about yarn colours is possibly my favourite part of the job.

However, I had never been happier to have the protection of a firewall and an internet connection to hide behind when I read this email because this question really stumped me. I would have preferred if the question were for me to explain in detail what goes into the process of mercerising cotton. The answer to that question is stuck in my brain, much like gum gets stuck to the bottom of your shoe.

No, this question was a one lined sentence and all that was written was ‘what yarn do you have that is the same colour as skin’.

Now, on the surface this is a remarkably simple question, however when you consider that there are approximately 7 billion people in the world, meaning there is an equal number of shades that make up the ‘skin colour’ palette. As you can appreciate, this simple question cannot be answered simply.

Dark or light, black or white?

 

Skin is the largest organ in our body, it serves to protect our internal organs against the environment. One major factor that sets us apart is the colour of our skin. Genetics, UV exposure and Geography are just a few of the environmental factors that attribute to the skin colour you were born with and any changes to your skin colour throughout your life.

Alternatively, there are many ways people can artificially change the colour of their skin. Primarily these changes are only temporary and usually done to have that subtle ‘glow’ to the skin, before the start of any holiday where swimwear will be worn.

In extreme cases, a more permanent option to change the colour of your skin can be done by a visit to the doctor, who somehow changed the skin colour of one of the greatest celebrities of our generation. He was born an African American but died looking like Casper The Friendly Ghost.

michael jackson crochet doll

Problem Skein?

I received an email almost a month ago from a customer who was looking for recommendations on a particular yarn colour that they could buy for their new project. This is not an unusual request by any means for me, since I am the owner of a business that retails yarn and accessories. Talking about yarn colours is possibly my favourite part of the job.

However, I had never been happier to have the protection of a firewall and an internet connection to hide behind when I read this email because this question really stumped me. I would have preferred if the question were for me to explain in detail what goes into the process of mercerising cotton. The answer to that question is stuck in my brain, much like gum gets stuck to the bottom of your shoe.

No, this question was a one lined sentence and all that was written was ‘what yarn do you have that is the same colour as skin’.

Now, on the surface this is a remarkably simple question, however when you consider that there are approximately 7 billion people in the world, meaning there is an equal number of shades that make up the ‘skin colour’ palette. As you can appreciate, this simple question cannot be answered simply.

Feel Confident In Your Own Skein

 

Whenever I begin a new project, I find it handy to keep a record of everything I plan to use for my project in a notepad, (unless copying patterns yarns and accessories, which I never have) If you are anything like me, I never used to do this, and trying to remember yarn brands and weights without a label is a nightmare!

There is no rule that if you purchase a pattern of a character from a designer, that you cannot make changes to it to give your own personalised touch. This can be achieved by changing the colour of their skin, their hair and even their clothes to add some of your own flavour!

So, the next time that you stumble across a crochet pattern which you saw in your Pinterest feed however when you tried to find the same skin colour that was used in the pattern and you gave up, then don’t.

If this pattern happens to be the Matthew McConaughey Amigurumi, wearing nothing more than a bongo drum and a smile, then press that download button.

Keep your partner happy and crochet him a pair of shorts, and keep yourself happy by adding some flavour and a golden tan, so he looks more like Matthew McConaughey in the Sahara, and less like that Dallas Buyers Club character.

matthew M standing toy
matthew M bum toy

Feel Confident In Your Own Skein

 

Whenever I begin a new project, I find it handy to keep a record of everything I plan to use for my project in a notepad, (unless copying patterns yarns and accessories, which I never have) If you are anything like me, I never used to do this, and trying to remember yarn brands and weights without a label is a nightmare!

There is no rule that if you purchase a pattern of a character from a designer, that you cannot make changes to it to give your own personalised touch. This can be achieved by changing the colour of their skin, their hair and even their clothes to add some of your own flavour!

So, the next time that you stumble across a crochet pattern which you saw in your Pinterest feed however when you tried to find the same skin colour that was used in the pattern and you gave up, then don’t.

If this pattern happens to be the Matthew McConaughey Amigurumi, wearing nothing more than a bongo drum and a smile, then press that download button.

Keep your partner happy and crochet him a pair of shorts, and keep yourself happy by adding some flavour and a golden tan, so he looks more like Matthew McConaughey in the Sahara, and less like that Dallas Buyers Club character.

Crochet Amigurumi Matthew McConaughey
matthew M bum toy

Tips for Flawless Skein

 

Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind when you are making the choice of what skin coloured yarn to use for your Amigurumi projects.

 1-      Always remember, (before you drive yourself insane) that it is going to be difficult  to find skin coloured yarn which is exactly the same colour of a real life shade of skin-tone. It just isn’t going to happen. I am yet to find a lightish/whitish coloured yarn with a  multi-coloured shades of brown, freckled-like pattern, so I can crochet an Amigurumi Mini-Me. 

Remember you are crocheting a toy, not a life like replica;  so be kind to yourself, (especially when you realise that there is no skin coloured yarn in the world called ‘Matthew McConaughey’s Perfect Tan.’)

2-    If you don’t do this already, make a record and a plan what yarns and accessories you will use all for your projects, if they aren’t the same yarn is recommended in patterns. For example, if you are crocheting a doll from a downloaded pattern and plan to use cotton you have in your stash, it’s handy to make note of the weight/brand/ply. Even if you take a pic of the label and save it in your phone.

I know and appreciate  how frustrating it is when the yarn label mysteriously disappears (thanks children), and desperately do not want another unfinished WIP to add to the collection of other WIP’s that are still waiting to be finished since last year!!

If you are looking to mix your project up by using different blends of yarn for your characters, you could try a cotton blend for skin and pair with a mohair or furry blend for clothing & accessories. However, if you plan on  using a Mohair or furry blended yarn to crochet skin, just do not do it – ever. (Unless of course you are crocheting a Yeti).

Last but not least, this information is what a yarn store owner, (well, I can only speak for myself, so this is what I would ask) will want to know when asked to make any recommendation for a skin-coloured yarn.

3-       Be mindful of the colour choices of clothes and accessories that make for your person/doll once you have made the choice on which coloured yarn you will be using for the skin. For example, the perfect skin tone colour for a doll that is wearing a blue dress might not look like that same perfect skin-tone colour if it is wearing a yellow dress. Some lighter-toned yarns tend to pick up tones from the colours that they are paired with. Check out the post ‘How I cheat when choosing yarn colour combos… and get away with it’ for hints on how I choose my colours for my Amigurumi projects.

 

Tips for Flawless Skein

 

Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind when you are making the choice of what skin coloured yarn to use for your Amigurumi projects.

 1-      Always remember, (before you drive yourself insane) that it is going to be difficult  to find skin coloured yarn which is exactly the same colour of a real life shade of skin-tone. It just isn’t going to happen. I am yet to find a lightish/whitish coloured yarn with a  multi-coloured shades of brown, freckled-like pattern, so I can crochet an Amigurumi Mini-Me.

Remember you are crocheting a toy, not a life like replica;  so be kind to yourself, (especially when you realise that there is no skin coloured yarn in the world called ‘Matthew McConaughey’s Perfect Tan.’)

2-    If you don’t do this already, make a record and a plan what yarns and accessories you will use all for your projects, if they aren’t the same yarn is recommended in patterns. For example, if you are crocheting a doll from a downloaded pattern and plan to use cotton you have in your stash, it’s handy to make note of the weight/brand/ply. Even if you take a pic of the label and save it in your phone.

I know and appreciate  how frustrating it is when the yarn label mysteriously disappears (thanks children), and desperately do not want another unfinished WIP to add to the collection of other WIP’s that are still waiting to be finished since last year!!

If you are looking to mix your project up by using different blends of yarn for your characters, you could try a cotton blend for skin and pair with a mohair or furry blend for clothing & accessories. However, if you plan on  using a Mohair or furry blended yarn to crochet skin, just do not do it – ever. (Unless of course you are crocheting a Yeti).

Last but not least, this information is what a yarn store owner, (well, I can only speak for myself, so this is what I would ask) will want to know when asked to make any recommendation for a skin-coloured yarn.

3-       Be mindful of the colour choices of clothes and accessories that make for your person/doll once you have made the choice on which coloured yarn you will be using for the skin. For example, the perfect skin tone colour for a doll that is wearing a blue dress might not look like that same perfect skin-tone colour if it is wearing a yellow dress. Some lighter-toned yarns tend to pick up tones from the colours that they are paired with. Check out the post ‘How I cheat when choosing yarn colour combos… and get away with it’ for hints on how I choose my colours for my Amigurumi projects.

Check out the next blog post, where I reveal my skin-coloured yarn choices in Part 2 of the ‘Skein-Coloured Yarn Series’

‘5 Celebs Who Rock The Skein They’re Crocheted In’

Check out the next blog post, where I reveal my skin-coloured yarn choices in Part 2 of the ‘Skein-Coloured Yarn Series’

‘5 Celebs Who Rock The Skein They’re Crocheted In’

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