Today’s colour – the last and final in this Advent series – is Snapdragon. I do not have a photo of this flower to hand, but this vibrant and saturated red really speaks to this beautiful tulip that I photographed in one of my favourite places in Reading: the University gardens.
I have such a strong memory of taking this photo, of trying to apprehend the very redness of the red.
And that is what Snapdragon reminds me of!
A Hawthorn tree, laden with berries, lurid in the dirge grey light of winter, seems to me a marvellous match for this colour.
Ah, the redness of the reds!
Snapdragon speaks, too, to the red rusted pillars and fixtures bordering the carpark at the beach.
A cheery postie running in and out of the post office with sacks of festive mail greets me with a grin and the observation that “that’s different”! when I am espied stuffing my ball of Snapdragon in the post box in order to capture the proximity of its colour to that of the yarn.
Such an emphatic red! As you’ll know by now if you’ve followed the series, the salty air and the wind coming off the sea have a bleaching effect on colours. I love finding things all along the beach that were once the colour of Snapdragon, but that have weathered to a lighter, more laid back shade of red.
The sea has taken the colour of this once-bright warning sign down a notch, but not in the one spot where once there was a letter W, protecting a letter-shaped swatch of the original Snapdragon colour…
More lovely red on red action can be found on this van, where vinyl lettering has provided the protection for layers of Snapdragon to live on, beneath a slightly more weathered version of the colour…
…while the opposite thing has happened across the way from where the red van was parked. One beach hut in a set of colour-coded muted reds has had some graffiti, which has been overpainted with a different (and more Snapdragon-y) shade of red!
But there’s nothing accidental about the emphatic reds that adorn a structure near the sea, sprayed on with certainty and vim, in vibrant shades of Snapdragon.
And spanking-new safety barriers placed around who-knows-what-Southern-Water-sewage-management-horrors are magnificently Snapdragon-y in their bright, bold call to attention.
In the treasured Venice 2011 holiday photos folder, I find memorable reds that put me in mind of Snapdragon.
For example, this magnificent blown glass balloon…
…and this charming glass underwater scene, made by one of the many glass artists of that gorgeous, glittering city.
A trip to Whitstable some years ago also yielded some gorgeous Snapdragon memories; a bright red boat that puts me in mind of this shade…
…and lovely seaside signage and candy-striped beach huts.
Back in the here and now in St. Leonards Gardens, I find Snapdragon in the rosehips…
…in the vibrant reds of an exciting vintage sports car that’s parked nearby…
…and, of course, on the door of an especially bright beach hut.
What has Snapdragon resonated with, near you?
With the last of our Advent Calendar doors now opened, I want to say a huge thank you for joining me on this adventure!
THANK YOU KDD&Co. for inviting me to explore everyday colour here on the KNITSONIK blog, in conjunction with your beautiful Colour Compass Advent Calendar. Also, MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS on today’s publication of the magnificent Colour Compass eBook!
This book is just so good, and so well thought-through. It provides a fantastic framework for playing with LOTS OF LITTLE BALLS OF YARN and having something gorgeous to wear at the end. With inviting patterns that will instantly give you the urge to cast-on, helpful examples of different colourways for each project, and enabling sections such as MAKE FRIENDS WITH COLOUR, it’s the perfect end to this Advent for those of us who knit. Books like this – with multiple examples of projects, supportive explanations, wonderful patterns and outstanding photography – represent an enormous amount of work. I hope you are all really proud of making something that is going to bring so much joy to so many knitters, and give purpose to so many balls of yarn. I know I’ll be reading my copy later on today and wondering what to make with my yarn!
It’s brought me untold joy to see so many of you sharing and exploring colours together in a spirit of wonder, play and curiosity over on the KDD&Co. Ravelry forum, and I’ve loved reading your comments there and here on my blog, and hearing about how you have experienced this journey through Everyday Colour.
I hope you have a wonderful festive break in coming days, with time to celebrate the little joyful everyday things in your world.
I’m taking a short break for the festive season, but working on these posts has reminded me of many of the foundational practices that enrich my own work with colour. I’ll be putting something exciting together in the New Year designed to share that work with you; stay tuned and please be subscribed to this blog and also to my newsletter to not miss announcements when things start happening again round here in 2024!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from me,
YOURS IN ALL THE COLOURS,
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.