Hello, Eyebright! Named after the tiny silver-white flower, that’s said – in folklore – to be able to improve our eyesight, and freshen up what we see, this ball of yarn has led me to explore our new garden and the plants and things therein with a new sense of appreciation.
This mercurial light, silvery-blue-green colour almost matches the foliage of a curry bush that’s planted in the front garden.
The faded painted garden table also seems to speak quite closely to this shade…
…which draws me closer in, to find and examine the knots and the dark spots – the place where colour is concentrated and weathered, on an old shed.
The things you notice, when you didn’t realise you were looking. A knot of wood, more lovely than you might ever have imagined.
A shed whose colour you had not registered becoming sharply defined and appreciated, through the work of looking.
A plastic statue of rabbits with one ear missing suddenly becoming the perfect, shade-matched bearers of a special ball of yarn.
The colour, too, of an outside office that’s currently just a storage space, but also a site for future garden dreams.
There’s something interesting, too, in how many of my books about Shetland feature, in their covers, a reference to this misty, silvery blue green shade. Like Ardlui, it speaks to a certain mood of light and water and sea – something these publications have conveyed about Shetland, in their covers.
I’ve seen that light, that water, there…
…and in 2015 I found some gorgeously beardy lichens in Bressay that remind me of Eyebright, too.
Playing with Eyebright has given me so much. A deepened appreciation for the decorative tastes of our home’s former owners. Thoughts of special beaches, lichen-furred stones, the silver blue greens of curry bushes – rosemary and eucalyptus, too. Something to do with enchantment, plants and light.
What has your ball of Eyebright shown to you?
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.