A Colorful Year: The 4 Seasons Project

You know I create color palettes. But what do I actually use them for? One of my favorite palette applications is Scraplet Skeins, the line of multi-textured yarns I create for Knittique*; each skein creates a color sequence as you knit with it. So I’m always looking for fresh color inspiration (and am constantly surprised that I never run short of ideas). I’ve thought for a long time about doing a set of four color sequences, each representing one season of the year. The problem (and the reason I kept putting off working on this): what’s fresh about that? Isn’t the whole four-seasons idea completely cliché? Could I think of a novel way to represent the seasons? Continue reading

Is Turquoise really, um, Turquoise?

Since February 2011, I’ve been working on a series Scraplet Skeins (my company’s line of yarns) called The Birthstone Collection; each month I’ve created a new colorway inspired by that month’s birthstone. I’ve learned some very interesting things in process.

First, there is apparently no such thing as a definitive list of birthstones. Even on the most basic list I could find, most months had at least one alternative stone; June, for example, has three possibilities: pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite. I’ve come across traditional,  modern, mystical, ayurvedic, and astrological birthstones, and there are probably more. So I had to choose a particular list to follow consistently. (I picked the traditional one, mainly because it was the only one that listed amethyst as the primary birthstone for February— my birth month.) Continue reading