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Project Spectrum 2.0: The Official Word
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Project Spectrum 2.0: The Official Word

After seeing your suggestions, and mulling it over a bit on my own, I have come up with the list for this year’s Project Spectrum.

Starting this February – as in FOUR WEEKS from today! – we will embark on another exploration of the color wheel. This time, there will be more “wiggle room”; with each two month span there will be THREE colors or groups. This means that you can choose one of the colors and immerse yourself in it for two whole months, or you can use all three in your creative process.

February / March
Blue, White, Gray

April / May
Green, Yellow, Pink

June / July
Red, Black, Metallics

August / September
Brown, Orange, Purple

The color triads were picked randomly and fell in this nice little order. Three colors a month gives all of us more latitude and more room to explore. Of note: the addition of the “Metallics” category in June / July. This is the perfect time to work with the golds, silvers, coppers, etc. that are in your various craft stashes. I am thinking that this may be the perfect way to use those silver beads I got as a birthday gift…


The general inspiration is the same as the first incarnation of Project Spectrum. Creative expressions of all kinds are welcomed and highly encouraged. Bust out of your crafty routine and challenge yourself to see colors in a different way! If this means dipping into a new craft, or simply seeing your own craft through a different lens, Project Spectrum is the impetus you need!

Just for a little rundown and review of WHAT Project Spectrum is for the newcomers (a rehashing of last year’s post on the topic with a few new highlights):

Colors inspire. 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. Participants can dye, crochet, weave, decoupage, spin, build, stitch, knit, paint, scrapbook, construct, sew, quilt, cook, grow, collage, photograph, bake, or bead items in that color group (of course all arts and crafts that I missed are totally welcome as well!).

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.

You can choose to make one thing out of the designated color(s) in the two-month span – or twenty things! This is a no-pressure project. 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.

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 and express your spirit!

You do not have to have a blog to participate. If you would like to share your work with others, think about joining the Project Spectrum Flickr Group! 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 any crafty obligations you may have – whether they are swaps, 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!

There you have it – a new adventure in the making!

In the coming days, I will post about what I am planning to do during the Project Spectrum span, as well as inspirational photographs and crafts that get me thinking about all of the colors of the rainbow! Please let me know what you think of the color combos, and join the Flickr discussion about what you are planning for this round! Also, grab one of the trusty Project Spectrum buttons, and tell your friends! Stay tuned – This is going to be great ;)

314 Responses

  1. Package Galore « Knit & Play with Fire

    [...] quite a bit. So I can be patient. And yes that was package number 3. Package number four was my Project Spectrum stitch markers that I ordered from Katie over at Pink Stitch Markers. I joined the club so I will [...]

  2. Rhymes with Mango : Feelin' blue

    [...] my last post I was lamenting that I hadn’t started in on my Project Spectrum colors yet. Since then, I’ve started 2 new projects, both with blue, and one of them is [...]

  3. Cass Knits! Sweaters and socks and wool, OH MY! Yarns about knitting and family

    [...] totally missed this segment of Project Spectrum, and I am looking forward to participating in the next part with this dress behind me. The next [...]

  4. Just a hat « Ms Q Knits

    [...] done with them this month.  I don’t want to have any holdover things for next month’s Project Spectrum.  I have some lovely pink alpaca waiting.  I’ve no idea what I’m going to do with it, [...]

  5. the Akamai Knitter » Wrestling With Ennui

    [...] haven’t decided on what to do. Should I use blue for the last stint of the Feburary/March Project Spectrum bash? Or should I move on to some green for the next phase? Sometimes I could just beat myself [...]

  6. Reunasilmukka » Project Spectrum ja viikon nettilöytö #2

    [...] vähän jälkijättöisesti osallistua Project Spectrumiin. Jokin aikaa sitten aloittamani laukku sopii oivallisesti helmi- maaliskuun väreihin: valkoinen, [...]

  7. » Blog Archive » Jaywalker & mountains majesty

    [...] My jaywalkers, well one so far… that also qualifies as a March blue for Project Spectrum. [...]

  8. Lolly Knitting Around » Blog Archive » Thoughts on PS 2.0

    [...] first chapter of Project Spectrum 2.0 is drawing to a close. Only three more days until the color change! There have been a number of [...]

  9. Michele Rook

    Is it too late to join the Project Spectrum….some neat stuff going on
    and I’d like to be able to participate…this is right up my alley!
    Oh….do I need to get a blog going – have been too busy dyeing,
    knitting, etc, and altho’ I have lots of photos of my work – I never
    get around to setting up a blog.

    Please let me know, thanks….oh, and good luck – there seems to
    be lots of interests and enthusiasm…Michele

  10. Bag Pattern and SP10 « ADKD

    [...] Project page. I’ll be doing many more swatches but this will be the last one in the current Project Spectrum 2.0 colors. April first the colors change to green, pink and yellow. So the next batch of swatches will [...]

  11. knitting kitchen » Blog Archive » Blocking Day

    [...] blue. I don’t know why and I saw that it was one of the colors of the past two months’ project spectrum so I figured why not? I was really hungry to do lace again, my appetite whetted by the stab at the [...]

  12. Knitosaurus » Blog Archive » Project Spectrum

    [...] Firstly: I love Project Spectrum. [...]

  13. iroiroknits

    love this idea! hv linked project spectrum to my blog.. and posted my first-ever color combination for april.

  14. April/May Project Spectrum « just makin’ knots

    [...] start new colors for project spectrum. I don’t really have anything planned yet … but I am sure that will change in time!  [...]

  15. Let the New Colors Begin « ADKD

    [...] As mentioned last time, I’ve temporarily change the blog theme to go with the current Project Spectrum colors. For April and May the colors are – appropriately for spring – green, yellow and pink. This [...]

  16. Big Pink Cupcake » Project Spectrum through March

    [...] a bit late in posting these, since the new Project Spectrum colors start today, but that’s ok. Better late than [...]

  17. A new month, new Project Spectrum colors! « The Curly Knitter

    [...] — curlyknitter @ 7:10 am It’s April and it’s the start of two months of new Project Spectrum colors!  The colors for April and May are Green, Yellow and Pink.  I already have two projects to [...]

  18. The Skein Blog » Blog Archive » Get Going

    [...] good.  My friend Lisa would like them, they’re brown.  She likes brown. The second group is Project Spectrum.  I’m a little late here as it began in January but it’s such a nice idea I had to [...]

  19. Kris

    I just joined and can’t wait to start with the lovely April/May colors!

  20. Daisy

    What a cute idea. I’ll join (late) too. Thanks.

  21. Stacey

    Yay! I’m in!:)

  22. Goodies! « ADKD

    [...] I’ve posted four new swatches to the Walker Treasure Project using the new colors for Project Spectrum 2.0.  You can see the details on the WTP site but here are thumbnails showing the [...]

  23. Ups and Downs « Space Kitty

    [...] Pomatomus sock started during rehearsal today, which fit splendidly with Project Spectrum for this month (green, pink, yellow). I’m going to be working on a gray sweater soon, so [...]

  24. Let's Boogie! FO Friday « Keeping Me In Stitches

    [...] since I have joined Project Spectrum and the colors for April/May are green/yellow/pink…I think this qualifies. What do you [...]

  25. Pink, Green and Yellow « Ms Q Knits

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  26. Yarn! Delivery! Wheeeee! « Look What I Made!

    [...] also get one more type of yarn, but I’m saving that picture for some better lighting and a Project Spectrum post, so stay tuned! [...]

  27. MommyKnitter » Blog Archive » Something Pretty

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  28. Yellow, green, pink « Keeping Me In Stitches

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  29. New Project Spectrum Colors! « Fat Chick Crafts

    [...] April 5, 2007 at 6:17 pm | In Project Spectrum, Works In Progress | I’m so excited about the April & May colors. Pink is my favorite color, and I love how it goes with green. Even my birthday presents were these [...]

  30. Wait, what? » Yea, I Knit…

    [...] And in case you, like me, have been living under a rock, Lolly is kicking up Project Spectrum again! I’m all signed up and ready to go (starting in February). If you want to join the fun (and you know you do!) click here. [...]

  31. Lolly Knitting Around » Blog Archive » Shelf Life

    [...] little Project Spectrum experiment. I don’t keep my books sorted by color, but I do enjoy putting them in this [...]

  32. A Little Progress « Put a Sock in it

    [...] haven’t forgotten about the April/May Project Spectrum either. The designated colours are green, pink, and yellow. Heh, I should’ve saved my Chevron [...]

  33. jayne

    Hi Lolly,

    I’ve finally joined Project Spectrum! I ended up joining “twice” since I entered my url wrong the first time. I hope you can edit that in the list. (oops)

    I have the perfect creation for the April/May colours. I hand dye yarn, and today I worked on Butterscotch and Breast Cancer Awareness pinks.

  34. Come Back, Spring! « Look What I Made!

    [...] deep pink of the flower, and since it’s so grey and dreary out here I thought I’d try a Project Spectrum post to bring a little color [...]

  35. More Goodies! « ADKD

    [...] The layout is temporary though. It’ll change again in June when the Project Spectrum colors [...]

  36. Rachel

    I just posted my first project for April/May! This is going to be fun!

  37. It has begun.... « Look What I Made!

    [...] because it’s nice out, at least for today, I’m going to leave you with a bit of Project Spectrum springy, green-y goodness. [...]

  38. Dabbling in Dyeing: Part 2 « Knittnfool

    [...] 15th, 2007 by missscarlett I think my favourite part of Project Spectrum 2 is how far outside my comfort zone it is pushing [...]

  39. Insaknity Wow. It's dusty in here... «

    [...] really happy that both of these projects fall into the Project Spectrum colors since the project I had planned may not make it onto the needles during the rest of April OR [...]

  40. Spring Break? « Ms Q Knits

    [...] ideal knitting weather.  I’ve been working on a couple of pink projects in keeping with the Project Spectrum colors of the [...]

  41. Jinky

    Hi, I’ve joined but I also wanted to add buttons on my blog, but I can’t view them, I used IE, Mozilla,Netscape and even Opera browser but still can’t view them…how can I see all the buttons? i’m sure they are all nice…. thanks!

  42. The Skein Blog » Blog Archive »

    [...] colors for this section of Project Spectrum are pink, green, and yellow.  I have some projects in the works but here is one that’s [...]

  43. Periodic Mumbling

    [...] project spectrum, knitting, random thoughts I’m not sure I ever got around to posting about Project Spectrum related projects during the last set of colors (although I finished my blue Samus cardigan [...]

  44. Kermit Visits Some Green « Knit & Play with Fire

    [...] wanted to go out and play on Sunday which was Earth Day. And I did let him. But first another FO in Project Spectrum colors. This time around pinks!!! The yarn is Rock Star from Sunshine Yarns. The pattern is my plain [...]

  45. Rachel

    More pink and green flowers from our yard. It seems like everything that is blooming right now is pink! Goes nicely with the theme this month. http://indigoluna.typepad.com/indigo_luna/2007/04/project_spectru_1.html

  46. Resolution? What Resolution? « ADKD

    [...] you can see, I’ve switched over to the new triad of colors for Project Spectrum 2.0. Just in time for spring! It’s given me an itch to make a lacy little spring cardigan. The [...]

  47. fullofstitches.com Blog » Aprons!!

    [...] and this fits Project Spectrum with the pink [...]

  48. The Skein Blog » Blog Archive » Summertime

    [...] It’s pure linen and a lovely soft green in honor of Project Spectrum. [...]

  49. Wait, what? : Yea, I Knit…

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  50. Pink, Green, and Yellow « Put a Sock in it

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