Viridescence

Viridis

Viridis from Twist Collective Spring 2013, photo by Jane Heller

Viridescence is the tendency to become green. I love obscure words. I’m hoping to see some viridescence soon – getting a bit tired of the grey and brown left over from winter around here. I can’t even be reasonably sure winter is gone, as 13 centimeters of snow fell last Friday (luckily it did not stay). So green is my favourite colour right now, in a sort of hopefulness that things will start to grow again, and quickly.
Viridis is my new pattern in the spring issue of Twist Collective, a wrap front cardigan with reversible panels of undulating waveform ribs and leaf-like structures. I also wrote an article for the issue, The Error of Our Ways, which you should totally read even if you are the kind of person who never ever makes a mistake. Ahem.

 

Viridis from Twist Collective Spring 2013, photo by Jane Heller

Viridis from Twist Collective Spring 2013, photo by Jane Heller

The stitch motif on the cardigan is vaguely reminiscent of the leaves and tendrils of the morning glory, a flowering climbing vine which used to take over my garden (when I had one) and which I will plant in containers on my balcony this year. The sweater is knit in Miss Babs Tierno which is a beautifully draping blend of Alpaca and silk in a DK weight. The colour is My Kelley, a gorgeous vibrant green. When I used to take oil painting classes, viridian green was one of my favourite pigments, and one I didn’t get to use very often because I usually used muddier, browner greens for the landscapes I most often painted.

Here is Viridis fresh off the needles, and the search for a button, which in my mind is the Most Fun Part. This is a mere fraction of the buttons in my collection. I LOVE buttons. Note that the stitch pattern is reversible (and different on both sides) so that when it turns back you get an equally pretty view.

Fresh Viridis

Search for a button

Search for a button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

loden dressI’ve made a lot of green things lately – several green sweaters (including one from last spring), all different greens, and a few sewn garments as well. I just sewed a dress in a dark loden green silk/cotton blend and I’m really looking forward to wearing it, if the weather would comply.

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