A post a day, that’s pretty challenging. How on earth can one write every day? And still, what a good exercise in trying to loosen up a bit. A bit of background. This is the third year this has been offered. What it entails is writing to a deadline and within a structure, in that the topics are given and what we do with them is up to us.
Today’s topic is “colour lovers.” Well, that is pretty wide open isn’t it?
So, its the colours of the natural world that populate my daydreams, and make my hands itch. Years ago, it was pencil, and pastel, and ink and pen that eased that itch. Nowadays it’s fibre, the feel of it in my hands, and that lovely sense of aha! when it all comes together to evoke something.
These are details of a couple of fair isle vests knitted in handspun. The yarns were spun from un-dyed fleece and then some were dyed with a number of different natural dyes – some logwood, some lichen, some tea. There is an inner radiance with natural dyes that is unmatched by the brighter acid dyes. The lower vest was inspired by poplar trees in the spring, the upper by the colours of the coastal rainforest where we live.
The projects don’t come together immediately, it takes a bit of time to gel, the way I work. Sometimes the colours have to sit together in their unworked forms, a pile of fleece next to another, or skeins of yarn piled up on the desk, till a bit of an image comes to mind. Some people do sketches, or create grids and plans. It doesn’t work that way for me, it is actually more of a feeling than a thought on many occasions. At least for the projects that I really love.
A friend of mine was over to do some spinning yesterday, and at one point she kind of sighed and said “it’s really more than we can learn in a lifetime, isn’t it?” But so rewarding to try anyhow.