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It’s Elemental: Project Spectrum THREE
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It’s Elemental: Project Spectrum THREE

...Project Spectrum Elements...

The classical elements. The forms and states of matter.

The elements provide endless amounts of inspiration and creativity from the natural world.


These elements provided a philosophy and an understanding for early civilizations, combined with the final element, one to describe non-matter and what was beyond this world: the IDEA.

The ancient model of the four physical elements with the spark of a creative idea was my own inspiration for the third year of Project Spectrum. Much like the previous Project Spectrum incarnations [year one and year two], PS Elements has a list of associated colors and month.

FEBRUARY / MARCH – FIRE- orange, red, pink

APRIL / MAY – EARTH – green, brown, metallics

JUNE / JULY – AIR – gray, white, yellow

AUGUST / SEPTEMBER – WATER – blue, black, purple

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 or in your 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?

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!)

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 – it is not a race, it is just about sharing your creative work to inspire others and express your spirit!

Taking that final element – the IDEA – and letting your mind and spirit explore. Expressing yourself creatively – making something beautiful, and creating something unique. Thinking outside of the box – perhaps taking up a new hobby or a long neglected one, or finally dabbling in design.

It is about texture and depth, making an item that is tangible and real. With the elemental theme, texture plays a large part in the process: flowing waters, crisp flames, grainy earth, and smooth breezes…

Please remember that Project Spectrum is not a knit-along. It is an opportunity to join a community of crafters, artisans, and generally creative people who explore the meaning of colors and their impact. Some of the participants in the Project Spectrum Flickr group have suggested working with mediums related to the elements, like working with clay and pottery, or cooking for the FIRE element, or planning an herb garden for EARTH. These ideas excite me, and I hope they excite you too.

There are many ideas and several projects in the works – including a card swap, book discussions, and some contests to encourage participation and true exploration of these elements. I will update with more information in the coming days. In the meantime, you can join the communities at Flickr and Ravelry to start discussing your own plans for this third year. Maybe you will be inspired by someone else – and you can inspire others as well.

The third time will truly be a charm ~ won’t you join me?

183 Responses

  1. Janet

    Looking forwards to it!

  2. stinkerbell

    this right here might just be my inspiration… this year I think I am going to jump in the fire and the pool and swim :)

  3. Elysbeth

    Count me in. I can feel the fifth element kicking in already.

  4. b from knitting harvest

    I watched Project Spectrum unfold on many sites last year, and you can count me in for this year. Can’t wait!

  5. Heather

    I’d love to join in this time. I LOVE the elemental themes – very earthy and natural. YUM. I’ll use this as another way to get more in touch with my creative side!


  6. Bridget

    I’m in! I couldn’t “keep up” last year but it was still fun. I can’t believe it’s year 3!!

  7. Annastasia

    Being a crazy hippie pagan that I am? I LOVE THIS IDEA!

    Im in.

  8. Bells

    i feel ready to try this, this year. Can’t wait!

  9. Barb

    Great pictures. Truly inspiring!

  10. Christine

    Count me in again. I guess I need to start planning projects

  11. Lesley

    Oooh, I missed out last year – really looking forward to this!

  12. Zoe

    Yay PS3 !! I’m in :)

  13. Suz

    You had me at “elemental”. I’m finally in! ;) What a very cool way to theme PS 3!

  14. lola

    I’m taking the PS jump for the first time!

  15. tara

    I think I’ll try it out! Seems like a good way to focus on creativity this year.

  16. Miss Scarlett

    Love the new theme!!
    I am in, in, in!

  17. Dani

    Beautiful post Lolly! I’ve been thinking very elemental myself recently, thinking of the basics of the earth and how I could translate it into yarn. My next sock club is going to go with the same theme :) Happy anniversary!

  18. Dorothy

    Happy Belated Anniversary!

    I love the new Project Spectrum. Elemental, my dear Lolly. ;)

  19. Jennifer

    Great concept for PSIII. Plus… I get to tell my boys that I’m in PS3 and they’ll be so envious thinking I got the latest Playstation. Love the photos.

  20. Megan

    What a cool theme! I’d heard about PS after the first two were done, and I’m excited to join in this time.

  21. Denet

    Sorry, how do you join? I have a feeling the instructions are right under my nose. . . . but I can’t seem to find them. Is it as simple as ‘joining’ the Flickr or Ravelry group and that automatically joins me, or do I let you know somehow? (I’m obviously new to this, though I’ve heard quite a bit of buzz about it.)

  22. Mae

    I’m definitely in!!!

  23. xana

    I am in. Loved the theme.

  24. lolly

    Denet: you do not have to join – you just participate! There is no signup, and you do not even have to join Flickr or Ravelry groups. However, these two forums are a way to interact with others and to share your creations.

  25. Karin

    Hi Lolly, what a great color scheme you came up with, I love it. I am in! Karin

  26. Beatriz

    Wonderfully written…I’m looking forward to participating and being inspired!

  27. tiennie

    I love this PS go-around! Wonderful idea!

  28. Mouse

    Hey Lolly.. I made a simple button using your graphics from this post for the 2008 Project Spectrum.. you can find it here: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2302/2183717361_7abe87c28c_m.jpg
    Can’t wait to start up.. I’m looking forward to using my camera more this year and PS 2008 will definitely help!

  29. Bea

    I love this idea. I am already thinking about what i want to knit first for February. I told my husband about it and he thought it was a really cool idea. He’s going to take pictures to go with each theme for me to post to my blog. I’m excited that we can do this together even though he’s not a knitter. Yay!

  30. LEO

    I love the idea! Can’t wait.

  31. Silver Ilix

    An inspired idea!! Wonderful….. I will find you on Ravelry!

  32. Karla Hogan

    Great idea! – again!! – Count me in!

  33. Cary

    Inspired is certainly the right word ~ I would love to join the ride, too!

  34. Valerie

    This is such a wonderful idea!

  35. amisha

    i LOVE this idea!! can’t wait to see how people combine the colors + elements… this is going to be a fantastic journey. count me in for sure!

    and belated happy anniversary :) e + i are going to be 6 years this fall… seems like the blink of an eye!


  36. jaya

    I think I can get behind this… it should be lots of fun! :)

  37. Anne

    Okay, I’m convinced! Thanks for the comment. I’m in –and looking forward to it.

  38. heather

    I have followed the previous spectrums, but now I am ready to jump in!

  39. kramox

    I want to be a part of this for the first time :)

  40. Satu U

    Count me in!! I was in the last time, and I surely am in this time too!!

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  43. Mintyfresh

    Hey sweets. I am finally reading this. And you know what? I love it! I was so me on PS last year, which I feel badly about, but THIS is speaking to me. I love that the colors seem month appropriate as well–reds around Valentine’s day, green when buds start to sprout, air when the sky is clear and full of wispy clouds, and water when we all head down the shore! I’m totally in this year. Thanks for organizing something so excellent. xoxo

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  45. Outi

    Love this idea so count me in. Finally a good reason to use all those different colors when knitting, instead of red always :) .

  46. Mari

    I am in, too! :) These elements are very nice idea, I like it. :)

  47. JohannaL

    I´m in!

  48. Miia-Rebekka

    I’m in too :)

  49. Jaana

    Wonderfull idea for this season, count me in!

  50. Anna

    I’m in too.

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