Thursday, October 19, 2006

Following your Energy

JoLene Treace has written another thought provoking blog post. I start to write a comment, and it got side-tracked (there's that phrase again!). Soon I realized, "This is a good topic for my blog!" So thanks JoLene!

JoLene was writing about how a knitter can learn more about working with color. For myself, I am fascinated by color. I've been doing a lot of thinking about shades, tones, brights and darks. With these thoughts in mind I examine the yarns I have and the colors I see in nature to try to learn what I do and don't like about various colors.

I understand the term "rich color" better now because of an explanation Martha Stewart made about paint colors. Martha said it is better to use expensive paint because it contains more pigment and therefore will show different tones under different lighting conditions. I found this to be true when we painted our bedroom. The shade of lavender we chose can look blue, purple, or true lavender and many other shades besides. All in all, it is a pleasure to have this rich color on our walls.

While I do want to experiment with with color, I don't feel the urge to take action yet. There is a voice in my head that sometimes chides me for not proceeding, and while I do hear it, I don't listen at all. I strongly believe I need to go where my interest is.

I did try once with my own fairisle design and it was less than successful. I believe that my mind is busy processing things I am learning about color and that one day I will try it again. But in the mean time, I'm enjoying much simpler color play such as the border on my Fleece Artist Jacket or the use of a handpainted yarn in two-toned mittens.

Right now, a lot of my energy is tied up in work. I have a new position that is exciting and draining so I think my creative knitting has suffered a bit. Once I settle in, I'm sure it will come back, but in the mean time, I am following my interests.


  1. I have always found it best to follow where I feel compelled to your time will come, I am sure. As for energy, you are certainly on the mark there (at least in my experience!). There is only so much a brain can digest and expend itself upon. Anyway, nice to see you pop in at my place and thought I would pop in myself. Cheers!

  2. Yes, I'd go with Jolene's comment too. At different times in your life you will find yourself collecting things that you don't have any use for right then. It is only later on that you suddenly realise your subconscious was getting the shopping done in advance...

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  3. You can spend a lifetime learning of colours... and yourself.

    (The ice spikes grow from the water. Sometimes the whole ice on the lake is scattered with these ice flowers.)