So where does the knitting come in? Well, I've started reading Michele Rose Orne's book Inspired to Knit. Her designs are a bit frou-frou for me, but her process intrigues me enough that I've joined the related knitalong. The idea is to create our own seasonal "mood boards", starting with summer, with a view to using them as inspiration for our own knitting designs . She suggests collages of things torn from magazines, found objects, etc. I just took my coffee out to the back step and sat a while.
Here's what I've noticed so far:
- Summer here is hot. The strong sunlight calls for strong colors--zinnia shades, not sweet pastels.
- At this point in the summer everything is overgrown.
- There are beautifully striped black swallowtail caterpillars on the bronze fennel, and all sorts of bees on the mint blossoms.
- Butterflies in flight include Eastern swallowtail, Cabbage white, Buckeye, various skippers.
- Flocks of goldfinches (more black and yellow!) visit the zinnias for the seeds.