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Creating Colors: Project Spectrum
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Creating Colors: Project Spectrum

Something so unique that there is not anything exactly like it in the world… not even one. Creating with your own hands – using your precious time to make something beautiful, something thought-provoking, or something simply spontaneous…

Creating memories. Creating stitches. Creating something that only existed on paper and the designer's mind before it came into your capable hands. Creating something completely new and beautiful from an item that someone else discarded and considered useless.

What can be more rewarding than that?

These thoughts have been central in my mind in recent weeks – I have been completely inspired by the beautiful handmade items and the creativity I see all around me, on the internet and in my daily life.

In response to this creative explosion in my head, I started to think of the creative possibilities that we have on this medium of the internet – we can share and inspire each other with the click of a button… with a simple photograph or a well-placed encouragement, or even with a color of yarn, or a swatch of fabric. Think of the possibilities!

Colors inspire me. Colors elicit deep emotions and memories. Colors symbolize life events and the changing of the seasons. We surround ourselves with color – in our homes, in our gardens, and even on our dinner plate.

The idea of Project Spectrum is simply a celebration of the colors around us, and taking the time to notice them. Each month over a six month span will be devoted to a color group – participants can knit, dye, crochet, weave, spin, stitch, paint, scrapbook, sew, quilt, cook, grow, photograph, bake, or bead items in that color group (of course all arts and crafts not mentioned here also count!).

It is really about expressing yourself creatively – making something beautiful, and creating something unique with your hands. It is also about thinking outside of the box – perhaps taking up a new hobby, or a long neglected one, or finally dabbling in design.

I had planned to begin this project in February (red for February would have been perfect…), but in order to properly respect the legions of Knitting Olympians, I have decided to begin Project Spectrum in the month of March. This will give participants plenty of time to gather supplies, plan projects, get some inspiration, and rummage around at the flea market for that perfect find in need of refashioning and refurbishing!

Here's the plan:

MarchRed and Pink
Orange and Yellow
Violet / Purple
AugustNeutrals / Black & White

…and perhaps the most important part: this is a no-pressure project. The months are each assigned a color group, but you do not have to work on a project in that color group every month. If you have a project already going, please do not feel that you have to set it aside only to participate. You can work on more than one project (of different colors) at a time – that is what I will be doing!

The color of the month is merely a suggestion – you can choose to make one thing out of that color the whole month – or twenty things – or nothing at all. Don't have any desire to make anything yellow? You don't have to! Go ahead and plan for the green month. Or you can simply make a photo essay – you carry around your camera with you and post pictures of the color objects you see throughout your daily travels.

If you are interested in participating, I encourage you to think ahead and plan your projects – I am doing the same! Some plans of my own: stashbusting my yarns, painting my bathroom, taking up crochet and sewing, more paper arts, and refashioning and recycling thrift store finds.

Projects can be big or small – whether you plan to tile your kitchen or photograph a blooming tree in your backyard – it is not a race, it is just about sharing your creative work to inspire others.

I will begin signups for the project now – a full five weeks early – so please fill out the signup form if you are interested. Of course, one can sign up any time between now and August to be a part of this Project.

You do not have to have a blog to participate. You simply have to have a passion for creating and expressing yourself through your work, and encouraging others to do the same. This is a create-along! It can easily work with your other crafty obligations – whether they are knit-alongs or crochet-alongs, planned gifts, etc.

Project Spectrum is about expression and creating beauty with all of the colors of the rainbow – and there are millions of ways to do that! Let's discover them together!

Unfortunately, I am not able to email every new participant with a confirmation email – if your name shows up on the list, you are in the group.


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List of Project Spectrum participants

412 Responses

  1. Amanda

    I’m in!

  2. Sandy

    Hi Lolly! Look at all the people!
    I’d be honored to join the ranks, if there is still room!

  3. Shannon

    Am I too late? Count me in.

  4. Tatjana

    hi! can i play too? please sign me up for the postcard swap too please!
    thanks for the wikkid awesome idea! can’t wait!

  5. Tatjana

    doh! i forgot to say sign me up for the postcard swap NEXT month, if it’s not too early?? thanks again!

  6. Kitsch

    I would like to join too, even though it’s march 2nd :D

  7. Laurel

    I would love to join Project Spectrum, just not the postcard swap… I can’t even get Netflix out in a timely fashion.

  8. Amy

    Woot! I’m working on pink socks now, count me in!

  9. Rebecca

    I’ve been hearing about this around the blogs and I would love to join. I have the perfect first project!

  10. Eve

    i’d also like to join – with all the snow, there is a big need of colour!

    Wonderful idea!


  11. Ellen

    Great idea – join you for this project!

  12. Mari

    I’m in too! Now I have to be creative instead of always using different shades of red :D .


  13. Maylin

    Please countme in.

  14. MEL

    Please count me in – hope I’m not too late.

  15. Lucy

    What a great idea…count me in and also count me in the postcard swap. Thanks!

  16. Marisol

    This sound like lots of fun. I can already think of several projects that fit in to the timeline and color spectrums. Please count me in. I would love to participate.

  17. Amy

    Please count me in!

  18. Erin (Milwaukee, WI)

    I am in. I have a pink project aleady started that I need to finish ASAP — being that it is a baby blanket for my niece in AZ who was born 2/20!!!!

  19. Helen


    I just joined. I’ve been a lurker for about a year on the knitting blogs. I live in the Northern Virginia area, and have been unable to join any knit groups as of yet. I’m knitting after a 25+ hiatus and loving it. The yarns are so lovely not, and the internet makes it possible to find all manner of tools, patterns and yarn, this was not possible in the seventies.
    I’ll be starting out with a scarf and mittens for my granddaughter for the pink and red. Hope to have pictures up soon to my very new blog.

  20. Annarella

    Hope I’m not too late to join this. Me too plz :) x

  21. Cordelia

    Yay! I’m so excited about this create-along! I just joined up, and have several red and pink things I want to make this month. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. andrea

    Do you want any more buttons? I just made a new one – it’s on my site at http://stitchy.zzgallery.com

  23. Lynn

    Just joined in on this and can’t wait to start crafting up some red/pink goodies!

  24. Helminalle

    Great idea!! I’m in, too.

  25. Jennifer

    I’ve jumped on the bandwagon! Just blogged red stuff in my house. Check it out on my website at http://jennhx.wordpress.com/2006/03/10/color-the-world-red-and-pink/

    Thanks for this great inspiration to notice the colors.

  26. eusu

    I´m in too. I have so many ideas… I like it!!

  27. Natalie

    Just found out about this on Chic Knits. Count me in! This should be great fun!

  28. Blue Gal

    I’m in because now I can put down my purple ufo and pick up my red ufo without guilt.

  29. PamKnittingDreams

    This sounds like fun! I’ve just signed up for the project and the postcard thing (whatever it is).
    I am working on a red yarn and multi-colored brown twine project at the moment.
    The March colors will motivate me to use up the Homespun red/pink (Carribean?)that makes my head spin just to look at it.

  30. Ismoyo

    Oooh! So happy i came across this! Just signed up and jumping up and down because we’re starting with my fav color: Pink!
    I’ll join the postcard swap on a later date okay?
    Will post pink & red on my blog soon.

    Thanks for the great idea, i share the love of colors.

  31. celia

    Any room for a late joiner?

  32. Annapuh

    I would like to join! Thanks!!

  33. Jane

    Can’t wait to get the camera out. As a qualified (but never done anything with it) colour therapist I find anything like this facinating! Colour is THE most important thing in the world to me (after people!)
    Pics on my blog very soon!

  34. stringthing

    i’m in

  35. Noodle

    Whee! I’m so geekily excited about postcards and knitting. This is a wonderful idea.

  36. Pam

    followed from a link what a wonderful Idea. I am in.

  37. Nomad

    What a great idea! I’m in!

  38. Susan
  39. Rainbow - Beth

    What a great idea. As someone whose name as a camp counselor was rainbow, I think celebration of color is a fabulous idea. You announced the project on my birthday and I have been doing a red top during the month of March even though I did not know about the contest. Further, I have been doing pink and yellow hats this month. I think I am ready to hit the ground running.

  40. diva of quilting

    LOVE the idea! When I’m done on the computer, I’m even going straight to my studio to finish up a red scrapbook page I started in January or so.

  41. Laura

    How awesome! Thanks for a great project!

  42. finn

    This project sounds wonderful to me…thanks for sharing a great idea!

  43. granma oli/trya

    please add me to the project spectrum project…olivia hernandez and my daughter tyra….and email me any info needed… mstyrarae@gmail.com… thanks grandma oli

  44. zoanna

    Great idea. Can I count my latest colorful creation, retroactively? That is, I decorated my teenage son’s b’day cake using the colors of his lacrosse uniform, orange and blue. Currently working on sewing drawstring bags for homeless kids. Where do we post pix?

  45. zoanna

    Found this blog via http://www.25thingsforcharity.blogspot.com. Lots of color over there!

  46. zoanna

    Guess my first comment didn’t “take.” Glad to join you all. I have been noticing more orange and yellow than ever before around me.
    I’ll make my next sewing project (for charity) something orange, how’s that?

  47. Liz

    Heehee! I just signed up… better late than never!??

  48. Katherine

    I’m in too! And I’m just about to start a yellow sweater (and I never do yellow). How perfect.

  49. Sheri

    Sorry to bother you but please delete the first time I posted my page. I put in an @ instead of a dot. My page is at kaleidoscoptic.blogspot.com

  50. sharon

    I’m sorry, I’ve somehow messed up my application and am on there twice. One of the Sunshine Pop entries has the url posted twice. Sorry.

    Project Spectrum is a great idea by the way!

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