I have been having so much fun getting into different dye techniques and new projects! The above photo shows a few new colors I created last week. No colorway names yet ~ sometimes naming them is easy (when I dye a color based on something specific); other times, when I’m experimenting and playing with color it can be quite a process.
The latter process has typically involved me throwing out an idea, my friend Virginie tossing back her take on what I’ve said, and a collaboration of ideas and images until we end up with what we think is the perfect name to express not only a color, but the impressions and emotions behind it. That process is missing these days, because Virginie is recovering and healing from a truly horrific car accident in early January.
This is one of the simplest things I miss about working with Virginie. I’m a natural introvert, and I’ve always thought that I worked great alone. Usually, I do. But these past couple of months, when I’ve truly been ALONE all day, every day ~ no longer having a set schedule of when Virginie will be here to work … well. I really quite miss not only her friendship (which goes without saying), but also the interplay, the camaraderie, the having someone to bounce ideas back and forth with. And I will admit that without that set schedule, I flounder a bit. So, having new ideas and techniques to focus on has been really quite wonderful and given me some much-needed new focus and inspiration.
The source of inspiration can be so unexpected at times (in this case, the unexpected upheaval, due to Virginie’s accident, of a routine I didn’t even recognize … probably because I didn’t spend much time thinking about it. It just was, and then, tragically, it wasn’t).
I spent some time at Virginie’s yesterday. I started reading Knitlandia to her, since she can’t read right now (due to eye injuries from the deployment of life-saving air bags). It was a wonderful escape for both of us; I had forgotten how special it can be to read to someone else and share a story that way, since it’s not something I’ve done since my children were younger and we had our night-time story ritual. We’re saving the book for our visits, something for both of us to look forward to and share. And for this, I thank Clara even more for her stories, and her talent with words.
On the colorway front, I may call on you all for some input if (more likely, when) I get stumped and need some collaborative input.