Thursday, 15 February 2007
project spectrum, february 2007
Hopefully quite a few photos for this. Colours are blue, white and grey for February/March. Interested? Sign up here
The light blue jumper is for a pregnant friend at church. there's a bit of a mini baby boom over the next few months. It came from a Moda Dea book but wa so short I picked up stitches from around the bottom on a circular needle, did a few rows of stocking stitch and then some more garter stitch to lengthen it.
The funny little jumper, two shades of blue, is a repeat photo from the African post below. The little hat is the third in the same project. It's actually more of an aqua colour than shows up here and was a quick and easy knit.
I have a deck, covered with a gazebo at the back of the house. In the summer I spend a lot of time there, although this will lessen considrerably when work recommences next week. Goodbye leisurely breakfasts and cups of espresso. Breakfast, knitting, reading and often eating dinner - all find an ideal venue there. The gazebo is basically weatherproof except for days like Monday where we had deluges of rain and heavy wind. The table is half covered with books, knitting, the outdoor cutlery in a covered container, handcream, candles and so on. Our BBQ, permanently connected to the gas line, is easily available and used a lot, even in winter. Summer weekends see BBQ lunches, served straight to the nearby table.
The deck faces east and gets the early morning sun and some sun in the afternoon down the narrow gap, about a metre, between my place and the house next door. We get views to the south as well. I feel it's a small hideaway as trees and vines have grown and I have plants which create a frame to look through to the sky. Sitting down all I can see is plants, trees and sky and it's not till I stand up that inner-city living intrudes on my view.
I was sitting there this morning when I looked up to see brilliant summer blue sky with dots of white clouds. I sat admiring it for a few mnutes when I suddenly remembered Project Spectrum so I raced for the camera. My husband suggested it looked like MS Windows screen saver. Really geeky. I'd rather think that Microsoft took it from nature than the other way around.
The house there is painted in a sandy colour which takes on different hues in different lights. Trims are very blue as can be seen from the window frame and the doorway. It gives a holiday feel to the back of the house and goes well with the pleasant times spent on the deck. I bought the pots from the huge Bunnings hardware near my place. I love that shade of blue. The small celosia that can be seen in one of them is self sown as are the big ones seen in the pots on the deck. I've had them for years from just one punnet. I did have more herbs in them, but they are awkward to reach to water, so I didn't bother this year with our tough water restrictions. Hopefully the forrecasters are right in predicting the breaking up of the el Nino effect in the next few weeks.
Not much about knitting here in this post, but the Project Spectrum page suggests looking out for unusual uses of the featured colurs. These may not be unusual but I hadn't even thought about the colours in these things which I look at everyday.