Friday, January 29, 2010

Color, pleeeaase, I neeeed COLOR

There's a scene from the movie Shadowlands that captures my mood this time of year. C.S. Lewis and a colleague are sitting together in a library on a gray day in late winter.

"I've always found this a trying time of the year."
"Trying? To do what, Jack?"
"The leaves not yet out, mud everywhere you go,
Frosty mornings gone, sunny mornings not yet come.
Give me blizzards and frozen pipes, but not this nothing time, not this waiting room of the world."

Yes, Jack, my sentiments exactly. These damp, gray days are getting to me, and the Philadelphia Flower Show is still two months away. The next best thing is to find something colorful and stare at it for a long time, like this glowing basket of plant-dyed wool roving which I placed on the sofa in a patch of sunlight that I knew wasn't going to last. But while it did I was going to make the most of it.

Ahhhhh, starting to feel better already. What other colorful thing can we do?

I know, let's make a yarn of sorts from pot holder loops. Remember those?

Loop them together into long chains.

Roll them into balls so they don't get tangled.

Next, using a large crochet hook, make a simple chain stitch. Chain the whole ball of "yarn".

You'll wind up with these thick cords...

...which could possibly eventually become a cheerful rag rug once I learn how to sew the strips together.


Joan said...

I can relate to your desperate staring at something colorful and placing the colorful wool roving in a patch of sunshine that you knew wouldn't last! (Well put!) I was just feeling for the northern cultures as I split a bunch of tulip buds into vases and scattered them around the house. Oh, the need for sun and color! Your blog definitely hits the spot!

Jodi said...

Thank you, my kindred friend oxo

Thatfowlergirl said...

Dear Curious Acorn,

I know EXACTLY how you feel :-)

Joy said...

"Yes, Jack, my sentiments exactly." hee hee hee loved that line.

Love the picture of the wool; that blue and orange are gorgeous together. On a rainy, gray day, it makes me feel better just looking at it.


perchesinthesoul said...

the basket of roving is lovely :)

angelina said...

hmn...i am thinking of how you could get this together wITHOUT the sewing. cause its just so difficult and painful!! ok so you've got the heavy thread already though. i'll be anxious to see what you come up with ! be well my friend. x


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