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Project Spectrum Elements Review
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Project Spectrum Elements Review

I can hardly believe that eight months went by so quickly.  Today is the last day of Project Spectrum Elements… and it completely snuck up on me.  This cycle of PS has been so enjoyable for me:  it was a return to the original inspiration of the Project in nature, and the structure kept things new and exciting.  It seemed like there was a sustained interest in the larger project this year.

Project Spectrum ELEMENTS

FIRE: 1. Caliente Weft-Faced, 2. Red Lentils, 3. Star Still Life, 4. Cardigan-Bodice Detail,
EARTH: 5. Seedlings Overnight, 6. Inca Earth Mitts, 7. Color Pencils – Green and Brown, 8. Cork Trivet,
AIR: 9. Pebbles for PS, 10. Pubnico Wind Farm, 11. If you want a good FO photo…, 12. Pintuck Tank,
WATER: 13. Moldova: Sideview, 14. Blue Dragonfly, 15. Slip Stitch + Pin, 16. Passion Flowers

Looking over my photos from this Project Spectrum cycle, I realize that the one element that I thought would be the most difficult for me (AIR with white, gray, and yellow) was actually the one that I enjoyed the most.  I was greatly inspired by my lovely surrounding in Nova Scotia, and the elements (earth and air) inspired me to actually write up my first knit designs for the Lichen Cowl and the Sherbrooke Cowl.

So, as we draw this third cycle of Project Spectrum to a close, would you be so kind as to leave me with some feedback?  I would love to know what you thought of this round, and what you would like to see in the future.  Please feel free to leave comments here with suggestions or ideas.  I have posted the same questions on the Project Spectrum Ravelry group.   There is no pressure to answer them all, but I greatly welcome any feedback.  You can email me too!

  • Did you like the elements format of Project Spectrum?
  • Did you like the color groupings? What would you change?
  • What format would you prefer for the 4th round of Project Spectrum? Elements? Complementary colors? return to the rainbow colors of PS1?
  • Do you like having TWO months per color group? Would you prefer one? more?
  • Project Spectrum 4: when should it start?

As always, I want to thank you for being a part of Project Spectrum!  It brings me so much happiness and inspiration to see your creations~~

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19 Responses

  1. Josiane

    I’ve not participated in Project Spectrum yet, but I’ve always enjoyed seeing what every one was doing in relation to the project – it was often really inspiring! Though I have no suggestions for the next round, I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with… and maybe I’ll jump on board this time!

  2. Laura

    Time got slightly in the way of certain elements, but I loved Project Spectrum this year and the organization of the colors. I think the timeline is great. If you extended each color/grouping to 3 months, technically you could do the seasons next year – start in January and follow all the way through to Dec. Might work well with resolutions for each season, cooking with seasonal fruits and vegetables, etc. But I love it!

  3. k

    I really enjoyed my first go at Project Spectrum – thanks for starting this whole thing! I liked the elements a lot – I’m sure this relates to my love of nature in general – but the idea of complementary colours appeals too – green & red (not christmas-y if done right!), blue and orange etc. I’m a big fan of monochromatics, so it would be a challenge to work with colours that “pop” against each other.

    I do like two months for each I think. Maybe the next PS should go over the winter months instead? I dunno.

  4. k

    Ooh – I also like Laura’s ideas for the seasons!

  5. Phoe

    I sort of lost steam on my PS. I liked the element idea but didn’t translate that well for myself personally. I would love a PS over the autumn/winter months.

  6. Heather

    This has been the first time I’ve participated in PS and I really enjoyed it, even though I didn’t finish so much ‘on time’ myself. Mostly I enjoyed seeing others’ accomplishments and ideas. Thanks for putting so much thought into such a great event!

  7. Jewel

    Someday I will try this!

  8. Rosie

    Even though I didn’t participate in this year’s project spectrum, I really liked seeing everyone else’s stuff, and I really liked the elements idea. I want to participate in the next one and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  9. mai

    lolly, i didn’t participate, so i can’t give you too much input, but i loved the elements format. i thought it was very creative! good luck with PS4! i can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  10. Jody

    I really enjoyed the longer time frame for each element. I actually managed to finish somethings in time!

    I loved the color groupings – I think this gives more opportunity to work with a group of colors – rather than just one. There would always be at least one color I liked in each group.

    Thanks for doing this Lolly – I always look forward to it!

  11. andrea

    I would love complimentary colors for the next round!

    Seeing everyone’s work in terms of elements was so inspiring. I loved the idea of looking at the world through the lens of color as well as these elements around us.

    Thanks for a great time, Lolly!

  12. tiennie

    I really loved the way this PS was laid out. I didn’t get as much done as I’d like though. Looking forward to the next one!

  13. maryse

    well this is my third PS and as always i start out strong and then lose a little steam (which is how i am in life so it’s no fault of the project). anyway, i enjoyed the theme of elements and found “air” to be particularly challenging … until i got to august, the first “water” month and then i all i knit were greys and neutrals. so water got the short stick this time around.

    i thought 2 months was just perfect.

    i think taking a turn with complementary colors for PS4 would be fun. or get more involved with color theory concepts such as different shades, tints, etc.

  14. whitney

    This is my second time participating in Project Spectrum, and while I really love seeing what everyone else is doing, I just haven’t been doing a very good job of participating, myself. I think part of the problem for me is that the two month blocks flew by so quickly! I did really like the elements theme, but I also love Laura’s suggestion of using the seasons (both for scheduling purposes and for color themes, perhaps?).

  15. Sarah

    Loved the elements theme, just sorry I dropped off towards the end, too many distractions I think! Beautiful photos above. Two months seemed a long time for the first block but then flew by for the last two blocks! It’s a wonderful project and however you organise the next one I’m sure it will be fabulous.

  16. Tricia

    (apologies if this double posts; it seemed to hang last time and reloading the page didn’t show my comment)

    I was just checking in on the Flickr group to see if you had plans up for 2009, and eventually ended at this post. 2008 was the first time I did Project Spectrum, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. However, I found the format to be very workable. The 2 month time blocks did seem a bit short at times, but I also liked that this wasn’t a year-long project. I didn’t end up blogging or flickr-posting all my PS-related projects, but I did use the color/element structure to challenge myself to work outside my comfort zones. (For example, I do some pottery, but have some favorite glazes that I rarely go beyond. But I challenged myself to try new ones, in the spirit of project spectrum. And I tried new things [ATCs, needlefelting]. Stuff like that.)

  17. Heather

    Lolly~’08 was my first time participating in PS and I really love the project and the elements theme but would love to do something different this time. I did think the 2 month time line was great, the only concern I have at starting this later in the year is that many people have a ton of holiday crafting that may end up making the last months of the year difficult for some. Anyhoo, I love the idea of working with color interaction such as the complementary color idea. I also loved the suggestion I saw somewhere of working with the colors associated with the Chakras. Whatever it ends up being based on, I plan on participating and telling friends about it too.

    Thanks for organizing this once again, happy 2009!

  18. Kathy

    2008 was my first time participating in Project Spectrum, though I’ve followed it for a the previous year. I only followed through on the first element, but I liked the elements idea. I wouldn’t mind repeating it.

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