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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. Kaisa

    For the first time – I’m in!

  2. Scaritsa

    I´m in too.

  3. villanne

    Hello! Please count me in, again! I was waiting for this!

  4. Beth

    I really want to participate in this. Please sign me up if it’s not too late. I’d like to be part of the ATC swap, too. When does that start? I’m so excited!

  5. Knittin' Diva

    I’m so looking forward to stretching my mind, and using my “creative juices” to come up with some fun projects for PS. Thanks so much Lolly, for doing this. As always, the pictures are just beautiful :-)

  6. Helmis

    I´m sooo excited about this new IDEA of Project Spectrum! You are again giving so much colour inspiration with this project. I’m really looking forward to this – again!

  7. Kati

    What a lovely idea! I’m in!

  8. Arja

    I’m in!
    First timer but more than anxious :)

  9. Kayl

    I´m in too….. a great color scheme.

  10. Joan

    Hi! Can’t wait to get going on this:)! Love the idea – it’s wonderful and really leaves room for some thoughtful reflection if that’s your thing (it is:)).
    and there’s time to get ready – I love it!
    Take care,

  11. milliini

    I love the idea of the elements! I’m in!

  12. Floridamom

    I’ve followed Project Spectrum the last 2 years, and have finally decided to take the plunge and participate. I love the elements!

  13. Peggy

    I want to play!

  14. pirren

    Love the idea! I’m in too.

  15. Kata

    Love the theme! I´m in!

  16. Tikrun mami

    Wonderful idea! I’m in too.

  17. Saaga

    Elemental theme is very nice! Count me in, please.

  18. pohjis

    I’m in!

  19. stacey

    I think I am going to hop this train – at last. As I have made a quiet vow with myself to do more stash knitting, this would be a great way for me to dig into what I have and make my knitting part of a bigger project. Thank you for the inspiration!

  20. Satu H

    I’m so gonna be in this time, the first time ever! Loving the idea of using the elements as a theme! :)

  21. Agua

    I’m in, for the first time!

  22. sini

    yes, me too :)

  23. Teija

    And me! Exciting!

  24. Nora

    Count me in! This is SO fantastic!!


    I´m in! For the first time. Exciting!!

  26. Pia

    I am also in, first time for me.

  27. amma

    me too

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  29. Kesän lapsi

    I`m in!!

  30. gray la gran

    sign me up!


  31. Sanni

    I’m in. Really looking forward to have an exciting journey!

  32. CindyCindy

    I wimped out on the last PS, but I really would love to be a part of this next one.

  33. grace

    I’d love to take part!

  34. Lisa

    This sounds like a great idea. Count me in!

  35. dyslexia

    I’m in! First time for me. Last year I was too busy with a wedding to commit to anything like this, but this year looks more relaxed.

  36. Poplar

    Hi! Count me in. Just starting to create things, looking forward to get inspirations. I joined the group in ravelry, is there something else I need to do to be counted in? I´d like to make a link of this in my blog. Is it ok and is there some button or a picture ready to use?

    Greetings to everyone from Finland!

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  38. Kate

    Love the idea! Count me in.

  39. AnneM

    I’m in too :D

  40. hekku

    I just love these themes! I’m in! :)

  41. Tanja

    I’m in, for the first time!

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  43. esmerelda

    Having joined up last year, and completely failed to participate, I am determined to do this this year. Please sign me up!

  44. Aiju

    Am I too late or is it still possible to jump in? Very much would love to…

  45. Muimi

    Hi, I’m participating for the first time. I like the idea of non-competitiveness of Project Spectrum a lot.

  46. Ingrid

    Ooooh I like the sound of this….I’m not usually a joiner but this could be really interesting, count me in

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  48. Kathy

    I’m in and I have just the thing for “Fire”!

  49. Paige

    Count me in!

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