I have been up to my eyes in color these past few months...as fast as the dyers are coming up with new color combinations, the faster I seem to buy them! And how glorious they each are! As some of you know, I love to work with flowers about as much as I love to knit (well, it's a close second anyway!), and I have been taking a little breather from knitting these past few days to get in touch with my inner gardener and how all of that relates to color as well.
A good friend of mine (thank you NK!) just gave me this wonderful new book called "The Abundant Garden: A Celebration of Color, Texture and Blooms", by Debra Prinzing, which explores 9 different gardens in the Pacific NW, how each arrived at the look of the garden, the plantings chosen, the colors choices, etc. It's wonderful, so definitely a must have for any flower garden lover! This book has been another tool in my exploration of color this spring and summer, and I'm enjoying how the two fit together so wonderfully.
Take, for instance, the strawberries that add just a touch of red to this photo, and the different shades of green in the leaves, and hints of the little blue flower in the left of the photo. Each adds it's own dimension to the photograph, yet the colors seem to blend beautifully. This is what I love about gardening and color...nature seems to have it's own way of knowing just which colors are going to blend well together, and what we can learn from that and bring back into the world of fiber can just be amazing!
Another example is this blooming African Violet. The deep shades of green, with lighter shades spattered about, along with the purple hues of the blooming flower combine beautifully together - one must wonder how nature does it sometimes...creating such gorgeous color combinations!
I will be heading south to my mother-in-law's house this weekend, where a gloriously fantastic garden awaits me. She has one of the most fantastic gardens I have ever seen, and I hope to get loads of color inspiration while I'm down there!
Happy Weekend and Happy Knitting!