Monday, October 25, 2010
Autumn Colors and Wool...
Anyway: Here are some faded photographs. Each year, I try to capture the colors of autumn in wool yarn with at least one freeform knitted/crocheted project, typically a jacket, and each year I give up in disgust. What I see with my eyes (not in the photos) are rich, saturated tones of ocher, sienna, some greens (very dark, almost black in the hemlocks, then a kind of green tinge in some of the changing leaves), dashes of cochineal and madder red (the little bush near my driveway provides an example), some dark chocolate (in the sketchy branches that form a lattice through some of the warm tones, and in bark), and then the backdrop of grays and blues. The backdrop conditions all that we see -- so I hesitate to add serious blues to the mix. It will change everything. But grays are another story. Grays have a way with color, as if celebrating or selling them to the world. I'm going to try again this year. I have a basket of wools, mohairs, some boucles, at the ready -- I wonder now, as I think about it, whether the problem is proportional. I should pay attention to the amount of each color family.
More later. Enjoy whatever you see outside of your house -- I hope you live in a place with gold and orange and red and green and chocolate, changing each day.............. svb