Project Spectrum was born out of one of my New Year’s Resolutions…
…To be more conscious of my surroundings – to take the time to "smell the roses" – and to notice the small things…
Not only is this a large part behind the philosophy of Project Spectrum, but it also plays a part in my regular life. I live in a great region that has so much beauty, so much history, and such great attractions – and instead of always saying "I will get there someday…", I have decided to take advantage and get out there to learn more about the city: going to the museums, the parks, learning more history, taking more time to see the beauty around me.
Bec and I met in our first year of college, and became so close after our study abroad summer in Israel in 2000. She moved back to DC last fall for grad school, and it is great to spend more time with her! She is sporting the awesome freeform crochet scarf that her mother made for Hanukkah. We were walking down the street and a random guy said "That is the ugliest scarf I have ever seen!" and then he smiled and said "I love you." It made us laugh, even if it was kind of weird… (Check out Becca knitting on her Hourglass sweater!)
We met at the National Building Museum, located just off the Judiciary Square stop on the Metro red line. Becca was working on a project for school, and I am never one to turn down a trip to the museum, so I tagged along. So glad I did!
Exterior of the building
Interior of the building’s main lobby
Just for scale: me next to one of those columns – they were like giant redwoods!
It was such a beautiful place, and we were only able to spend an hour there – I had class to attend at 4:30. We did enjoy the Washington: Symbol and City exhibit. Many other exhibits piqued my interest, so I am already planning a second trip.
Some other random beautiful sightings on our walk around DC:
The Chinatown Gate – look at those colors!
The United States Capitol Building
Supreme Court Building – with no protestors outside – I guess it was just too windy and cold…
The Lion, the Lolly, and the Wind
Despite the cold wind in our faces, we managed to have a lovely afternoon! Many more afternoon visits to come…
I want to thank you for seeing the potential of Project Spectrum, and for realizing the potential that you have to inspire someone else with your unique ideas about craft and color. I am bursting at the seams with excitement about all of the possibilities! Thank you for making this possible!
I want to thank my friends Heather and Jenna for being my "sounding boards" about this whole Project – they helped me work it all out in my head last Sunday afternoon at Heather’s new pad – offering suggestions, encouragement, and giving me more inspiration! (and Jenna let me try on her Cutaway! love it!)
My knitting has been merrily rolling along – a progress report will be coming soon. The Bellini shawl was off to a great start, and then started to pool into a very unattractive pattern. I am going to give it another try with a different size needle – I hope that does the trick. Just before it went awry…
Looks like Becky is excited about color too – specifically RED!
|I joined her Red Hot Sizzling Sock knitalong – how could I not? I love socks. I love red. Done deal.|
…and the yarn for it?
PS- Anyone want to express themselves creatively in the form of some buttons for Project Spectrum? My little button seems subpar!
*UPDATE: I have received some great buttons! I will post them soon, and participants can choose which ones they will use on their own sites. Thank you for all of the contributions!