March Madness

by flowergirlknits

March is shaping up to be a very busy knitting month for me as several  projects get started.

First off, there’s Project Spectrum, hosted and inspired by Lolly. This is the fourth year for it, but the first that I’ve participated. Each year follows a theme, broken down into various components each of which is explored for a couple of months. This year’s theme is Cardinal Directions and the components break down like this:

NORTH (March/April)                              SOUTH (July/August)
Color: Green                                                     Color: Red
Material: Stones/Gems/Rocks                 Material: Metal
Season: Winter                                                 Season: Summer
Element: Earth                                                 Element: Fire

EAST (May/June)                                         WEST (September/October)
Color: Yellow                                                    Color: Blue
Material: Wood                                                Material: Glass
Season: Spring                                                  Season: Autumn
Element: Air                                                      Element: Water

The idea is to use some or all of the components in your creative projects during each time period; knitting of course, is very popular, but any craft or art will benefit as well as things such as photography and writing.

At first I was less than pleased about the March/April season being winter (I am obsessed with Spring at this time of year) And at least in this part of the world, this is the last dregs of winter – cold, damp and windy. It doesn’t lend itself to pretty pictures and there just isn’t a whole lot of green at the moment. Then I realized, the idea is to think and see the world differently, to be aware of what’s going on around you and not let it slip by unobserved, to look for something you didn’t notice before (Have you ever driven a route that you drive every day and, when you get to your destination, have no memory of the actual trip? Scary!) It’s a great exercise to open up your mind to new ideas and spark creativity.

I’ll be going fairly simple with PS4 – I have some knitting projects in mind and plan to put together a photo mosaic. My greens will definitely be mostly light and bright  (think emerging plants and new leaves) and winter will be minimal (I hope! There better be daffodils here by April or someone will have to answer to me!!) As far as I know, there are no Project Spectrum Police –  you are free to interpret the theme however you want. I think it’s going to be tons of fun!

If you’re interested in participating be sure to check out Lolly’s blog post which explains it much more eloquently. Also, there is a Project Spectrum group on Ravelry with loads of ideas and support.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Malabrigo Junkies group over on Ravelry begins our month-long celebration of all things Malabrigo today with the opening of Malabrigo March. I’m a huge fan of  Malabrigo; if you haven’t used it yet (which would be horribly sad) now is the perfect time to start. There are over 20 KALs going on as well as various contests with lots of prizes to be handed out. You’ll find great ideas for patterns and lots of support. I have several (ahem) projects planned (in my defense, some of them are smaller, quicker projects!), many of them in shades of green so that they’ll do double-duty with PS4.

And finally, the Makin’ Cookies group on Ravelry is gearing up for the release of Cookie A’s first book of sock patterns. They will be hosting monthly KALs for each pattern in the book (release date is April 1) To pass the time (ahem) until the book arrives, they’ve started with a Hedera/Baudelaire (your choice) KAL (these are free patterns that are already available) They have an incredible list of sponsers that have donated prizes – it promises to be a fun and lively group!