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Orange You Glad - Elizabeth Unexplained
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greyautumnrain
greyautumnrain
Orange You Glad
Margaret’s favorite color seems to be orange. She always identifies it correctly and in an excited tone of voice when something orange catches her eye. She’s enthusiastic about pumpkins, and given a choice prefers to use her orange marker to draw with or an orange lace to work with on her lacing cards. She seems to be showing a clear preference.

I’m not sure where the orange preference is coming from. Of the set of six primary and secondary colors my favorite is red and Warren’s favorite is blue. Margaret has a lot of red or blue clothes. She has no orange in her wardrobe, as it is probably my least favorite color. I’m thinking that if she continues to like orange that is going to have to change.

One of the things that really frustrated me as a little kid was the fact that my mom seemed to constantly be trying to argue me out of liking red. My mom’s favorite color is blue. I thought blue was too dark (based on how dark the blue crayon in the Crayola 8-pack is). Mom seemed to engage in proactive selective amnesia. I wanted red or pink, and I got blue clothes and a yellow room. I kept insisting that I wanted my room red as a kid, and my parents offered a red lampshade as a concession. Even when my mom gave in and got me something red, she kept trying to convince me that it would be so much better if it were blue. This continued through my teens. It’s tempting to go on about it, but the point was, it was really frustrating, and I am not going to do that to Margaret. She likes orange? I search my yarn stash on ravelry and remember a skein of Marigold sport silk…

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I’d had a plan for this skein (the orange one on the bottom, the pink one is used up), but it wasn’t that great a plan. I could make my orange-loving girl a scarf/shawlette. Hey, if she still likes orange after I’ve knit up a bunch of other things I could make her an orange and blue striped sweater; BMFA has a new shade of orange that is exactly the type of orange she seems to favor. I can be on the lookout for toddler clothes in shades on tangerine. I could make/get her all sorts of thing in shades of bright orange and gold. Most of all, though, I can and will refrain from trying to convince her to like blue or even red better than orange.
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enugent From: enugent Date: November 4th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Funny, the first color Howard could reliably identify was orange, and he insisted on wearing his orange shirt at least a couple times a week for most of the summer. The preference seems to be fading now.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: November 5th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I expect part of it is that Margaret really likes oranges, she's been using the word for the fruit for about a year now, so it's an easy color name to remember.

I think there is a fair chance she will change her mind about the preference, but I'm not going to assume it's going to happen just because orange is not my favorite.
pekmez From: pekmez Date: November 5th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
We've passed them all on by now, but gljiva looks great in orange and she's generally had a few nice orange things in her wardrobe. Sort of on the pastel end of the spectrum without being dull. Unless it just happened to be the year she got lots of orange stuff, I think Gymboree tends to pick nice oranges for their color palette.
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