Saturday, February 21, 2009

Color in Knitting

If you're anything like me, you are easily drawn in by the colors of nature.  For me, each season has its beauty, winter not the least of these.

Right now as I look out my window, the sun is still caught in the trees, and there is frost on the ground.  The light is spreading to the tall dry grasses I still haven't cut back, and bathing the dew-wet limbs of the red-leafed maple so that they glow.  As the day
 begins to warm, there is a mist rising that also hold the light captive.  Lichen on bare branches is a vibrant green, and new growth a scintillating crimson. 

A friend of mine just sent me some photos via e-mail, and I found many of them to rouse my color energy in much the same way.  The photos are beautiful for their artistic merit, but are also a good source of color inspiration when choosing yarns for a new project.  

Here's a suggestion: start a journal.  Well, no - not just one.  If you're like me, you need a journal by the bed, one in your bag, in the glove compartment of your car, and anywhere else you frequent.  You don't want to be caught in a crucial moment without!  

In your journal(s) place photos you've collected or taken that inspire you, that sing to your heart in some inexplicable way.  Make sketches, however good or lacking they may be.  If you have only your blue or black pen with you, make note of the colors you see while you are out and about.  Write down your impressions.  

Who know?  You may even discover a liking for this journaling thing along the way.  

Now you have a handy reference for your projects.  Whether you're in the yarn store putting together a collection of yarns for that Kaffe Fassett or Alice Starmore sweater, or washing that fleece you just sheared or bought and are dreaming about dyes you will use to transform white and grey into new possibilities.  

As always, enjoy!

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