2. Foxglove

closeup of a Foxglove flower

Today’s colour is Foxglove.

I initially think of this shade as being a kind of hot pink, Yet as I find hot pink things to check it against, it reveals itself to be much more purple than I imagined. Only the tiniest (purpliest) bit of this rose, that you can’t really see, matches at all with this luminous and beguiling colour.

Hot pink rose clashing with Foxglove yarn

Foxglove yarn and fuchsia flowers

Foxglove loves the purply centres of fuchsia flowers, but as I hold my ball up to explore the relationship between the two, I see it has flecks of reddish pink as well, that speak to the outer parts of the fuchsia flowers.

fuchsia flowers and Foxglove yarn

What a lovely surprise I find this purple aspect of the colour.

fucshia heads dangle in the top left of the frame and underneath them is a glowing ball of Foxglove yarn

There’s Foxglove joy in my makeup drawer, and it’s almost the same colour as a favourite pair of tights.

Lipstick, Foxglove and tights

Foxglove yarn, tights and lipstick

Further satisfying matches – and a sense of the “is it pink? is it purple? does it even matter?” conundrum – can be found in a beautiful piece of local street art produced by artist Abraham O (@abraham.o1 on social media) and supported by W.ave Arts, Bexhill.

The same hue that gives Foxglove its luminous power transforms Terminus Road Bus Stop in Bexhill into a magical cavern of colour!

Luminous street art by Abraham O

Luminous street art by Abraham O

Abraham O Terminus Road bus stop mural with bird and swirling sky

A brushpen, swirled on a piece of tissue paper, is quite close to the colour…

Foxglove yarn and scribbles on tissue paper

Foxglove yarn and scribbles on tissue paper

But wait, don’t forget the neps and flecks! Represented with a second pen. Adding layers of bright mystery to the colour of this yarn.

Foxglove yarn and scribbles on tissue paper

Shininess can throw off our colour sense, I find; different surface textures confound. But still, I think the BIG HUGS on this card are also a bit Foxglove.

Sending Big Hugs Your Way

My enduring memory of unwrapping Foxglove today will be one of learning to revel in the margin between pink and purple – especially, ESPECIALLY where flowers are concerned.

Sweet pea flower photographed very closeup with a shallow depth of field

What have you felt or found by consulting with your little ball of Foxglove?

Three wispy Foxgloves photographed in the woods

These posts coincide with the KDD & Co. Colour Compass advent calendars. Each day, throughout December I’ll be opening my calendar beside you, and exploring the yarn shade that is revealed for that day. Read more about these posts here, and prepare for a few weeks of polychromatic fun as we discover the shades together and revel in their suggestive associations and creative possibilities together! Even if you don’t have a calendar, I hope you’ll love exploring colours with me, and thinking about each shade as it appears, and how it is connected with the everyday colours of your life.

10 thoughts on “2. Foxglove

    1. So glad you can join us for this part – even without an advent calendar of yarn, there’s always joy to be found in celebrating the colours of everyday life! Welcome to the colour blogs and thanks for reading along 🙂

  1. When I opened this glorious color this morning I went in search of something that was close in color. Everything was either too purple or too pink til I looked up at my Christmas Cactus and African Violet and there was the color – not once but twice!

  2. I forgot to open my calendar yesterday so had the joy of two openings today. I haven’t used this yarn before and was really wowed by the colour and feel. Really looking forward to the rest. What a treat in the lead up to the end of the year.

  3. I am loving these posts and am getting excited to find these colors in my daily life as well. Living in the North Eastern part of the US can be really gloomy this time of year, so finding the first two colors of the calendar out in nature may be tricky. But I am totally up for the challenge. And thank you for inspiring this creativity!

    1. So happy to be sharing the joy of colours with so many Colour Compass buddies 🙂 it’s quite grey here as well, this time of year – with the odd glorious day of sunshine. When it’s been really rotten here, I’ve taken great pleasure in going through old photos from holidays and trips away, and looking for the colours there as well. A nice way to bring the sunshine in if you’re finding it gloomy where you are, maybe. Thanks for reading along and hurrah for finding colours in daily life.

  4. Another gorgeous shade that I would not have chosen for myself . . . but I love it! Thank you for your daily photos and narrative on our advent calendar colors. I am happily embracing a wider color palette.

    1. Aw thanks for taking the time to read them; it’s really wonderful to share this creative practice of exploring colours with so many Colour Compass Advent Calendar buddies!

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