Thursday, September 19, 2013

Angel Blue

A new color in the paintbox of my life is "Angel Blue".

I bought a new pair of sneakers (running shoes) last month.  I usually wear sneakers as my everyday shoes.  You might do so, as well, if you "worked out of your home", as I do.  Several years ago, I got into the habit of buying white walking-shoe type sneakers because they were comfortable and I liked how bright and clean they looked when they were new.  But my daughter (in her early 20's) called me out on this about three years ago.  She took me sneaker shopping, and I bought a silver, white and blue pair with a lot of mesh fabric and other layers of lattice-like cutout things.

A year later, I shopped on my own, and bought a somewhat similar pair.  She said that I did OK.

Then after another year (last month), I was on my own again, and I was surprised to see that most of the new sneakers are very colorful, as in neon.  Go look.  You will see what I am talking about.  At a Dick's Sporting Goods store near me all of the women's running and cross-sport shoes had way too much color for me.  In the last row there were a few pairs of those white walking-shoes.  I knew that they would be comfortable, but after my daughter's training, I thought that they looked too old for me.  I am not ready to be any older than I have to be.  I went back to the center display.  I tried on a shoe which had non-neon, softer colors, but there was  a whole lot of purple.

Someday I will talk about purple.  I am a firm believer that you cannot really have a favorite color because all colors depend on their surrounding colors... but, I do have to admit that for most of my life, if I had a least favorite color, it would be purple.

Those shoes by Brooks had some very vivid turquoise with the purple.  They were comfortable, but I did not buy them.

The next day I thought to look for the shoes, Brooks Ghost 5, online to see if they came in any other colors, and they did.  I liked the combination "Dark Denim, Angle Blue and Silver" quite I lot. I ordered them.  Here I am wearing them...

I am happy with my purchase.  I think that they look youthful enough.  I had not thought about "Angel Blue" before.  It generally means a pastel blue, but I also think it has a special brightness to it... closer to blue-green than blue-violet, but more like with a touch of turquoise or aqua...

When I was home from my final vacation of the summer, (We spent one week in August at the New Jersey shore.)  I saw more shades of angel blue around me.  On my little table near where I knit, there was this little book that I bought at a shop in Cape May.

GIFT FROM THE SEA by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I have not read the book beyond the introduction, but I believe with all of my heart, that somewhere in there, I will find the words:  

"One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few." 

Which I quoted in a past blog post. In a neat connection... I began that last September post with, "As summer is slowly leaving us..."

Anyway, to get back on topic before I close this post, even one of the yarns I have been working with has some of that Angel Blue.

And once again summer is slowly leaving us...



  1. The yarn is beautiful, and the "sneakers" are cool! I, of course, love the colours!

  2. I bought new sneakers at Dicks this past week - bright pink, but they are dedicated for Jazzercise. I too, have "Gift from the Sea" and used the quote " One cannot coolect all the beautiful shells on the beach." as the opening quote for one of my posts quite awhile back.

    I love the shades in your yarn!

  3. ah! The tennis-walking- running shoe color dilemma. I know about this one. I, too, always gravitated to all white shoes and when I could wear "walking" only shoes, I got white. I had no idea that all white aged me! :-)

    Then my stupid feet decided that walking shoes did not provide enough support and I had to move up to a running shoe (mind-you, I also have prescription orthotics that I put in my shoes - the $400 kind, but that was not enough apparently to keep me pain free.) Once I moved into running shoes, the cost jumped by $50 (typical pair costs me around $150), and all white shoes were not an option. So I, too, have gravitated into the brilliant shoe color arena! I hated it initially, but now I can't even tell you what color my shoes are unless I look down and check. They feel great and that is all that counts. I know that they aren't the glow in the dark kind of shoes I sometimes see - radiant green or blue that can be seen a 1/2 mile away. :-)

    Your shoes look great.

  4. Pretty yarn and I love your sneakers. I haven't worn sneakers much in a while - I think I am missing something!