Nature inspires me
Today I have set aside a little time to share photos I have taken this week on our evenings out to escape the heat. My first photo is actually of one of my current knitting projects, the lace weight top called Adelaide. This was part of Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People 12 collection and was designed by Isabel Kraemer. The theme for the collection sparked my interest as my friends will know I love to associate memories and emotions with my knitting. From my previous blog, if your remember the inspiration for the lace panel of Isabel's design was memories from collecting acorns or sand dollars. My first association was acorns, conkers and things found in forests but could I remember beach collections? Past years of rain and cold weather didn't involve us going to the coast as much as this heatwave has. I remember collecting shells as a child but my vivid memories were more for gritty sand and towels to wrap me up and convince me the sea water was warm! I can remember shivering but feeling the cuddle of the soft towel wrapped round me after the sand was dusted off. This week we have beach and forest finds and a few of my beach ones caught my eye as the shells had swirls colours of Arabesque, Brooklyn Tweed's Vale the yarn I am knitting with. I set these against the black of the rocks which in turn shows me how black the rocks where and made me wonder why I didn't notice this before! The yellow stood out to contrast against the black, nature at the coast has textures and colours that I hadn't really considered before.
Knitting the top has provided me with an inspirational journey as I knit and given me something to look for when we go to the coast and I spend time looking in the rock pools, noticing textures, colours and washed up items which we haven't seen before. I have had a bit of an emotional journey with this project as the knit along hasn't really been a knit along although I don't need motivation to keep me knitting, I guess a lot of people are away on holiday and Brooklyn are busy with new collections. I still love this project and the way it has inspired me to discover more at the coast, where I normally feel too cold to stop and look.
The next photos has nothing to do with my project but was found (by dad) when I was exploring the pools and listening to the waves. I didn't have much searching to do to find out what this ball like shape was. At first dad thought of the name mermaid's purse but when I looked for photos of this I knew for sure we hadn't found a purse but I will be looking for one, next time. I have shown this in my hand for ratio of size but from the info I found online they can be washed up the size of a football! This curious ball with paper fine texture was in fact whelks' eggs. The whelks would have hatched in October/November and the empty eggs we found are washed up in the summer. It may not be the most pleasant thing to think about but we were fascinated and all because I was looking for delicate shells for my knitting project.
Before I share some forest finds which aren't (yet) associated with my knitting. I would like to share my second project which changed my mind to knit another hap/shawl. Blue has always been a favourite colour for me. The word can be associated with feelings or colour, this project isn't; one to make me feel blue, it lifts my mind and causes me to reflect on how the continual blue of the sky during the heatwave has brought out the beauty of the coast. Oceans of blue, sea blue, marine blue and Tarbet blue. The colour that Kate chose to add to Milarrcohy Tweed's palette. It has lovely nubs of colour to add dimension to the overall shade. I am still knitting Traigh (the name of the design) and enjoying every blue moment. Blue seems to have been in my mind, the sea, dad, the sky. I know we are gasping for rain but with the refreshing sea breeze and a sky of blue but graduated with cloud, a scene to enjoy in the cool of the evening. Perhaps I should hope the sky will be blue when I finish Traigh and we set out for a finished photo. I still have to fid blanket weather to share my completed Shieleing.
I think I will have to draw a close to this long post but my mind is so full I could keep writing more as not only do we explore around us but typing the blog lets me explore my thoughts. My final finds for this week came from the forest. We had visited this path about a week ago therefore you can imagine our surprise when both of us saw an area of white. We stopped and looked at each other, trying to believe our eyes as we didn't see the fungi the previous week but there was no doubting the growth on the old tree stump. The damp earth of the forest, far from the parched fields we see in dismay, has provided a resource for nature to feed on. Normally we associate fungi and mushrooms with autumn and we hadn't even brought our DSLRs as we just wanted a short walk in the shade. I had my iPhone to capture our find. After all the bright days and fading scenes from the lack of rain my eyes fed on the shades of green in the forest. Vibrant, neon, yellow all shades of green! Blue is refreshing but green is a treasure as our country faces weeks with minimal rain. Thankfully in Northern Ireland we still have some green. I rarely consider green to knit with but maybe the loss of green around us will make me think again.
This weekend we are promised rain and we can enjoy the petrichor around us again as we will stand in our garden and breathe deeply and once again feel inspired by nature