Credit: Brian (via Flickr)
You'd easily be forgiven for thinking that this subject, for me, would mean a riot of colourful yarny goodness. Believe me, it lingered not a little while on my mind to go that way. But just lately I find I've been thinking of white and how faded and pale winter can be. So actually the word 'woolly', at this moment in time, suggests white to me. White woolly sheep, white foggy mornings and white cotton wool snow.
So as well as the woollen yarn, fleecy, fluffy meaning of the word, I've also been thinking about the hazy, foggy, clouded and blurred sense of it too and that seems to fit in well with January.
Then, within a day or two of the 'Woolly' theme being decided upon, I saw Lucy's 'Winter Wonderful' post and thought how perfectly one of her pictures captured my ideas on the subject. Lucy kindly allowed me to share her picture with you here, so you can see what I mean. The woolly sheep, the fluffy cloud covered sky, the fuzzy frosted grass and the faded hills in the background. Very woolly and very white.
Credit: Photo used with kind permission of Lucy at Attic24
Credit: Muffett (via Wikimedia Commons)
We've managed so far this year to escape the typical (in this part of the world) January treat of white and woolly snow. I wonder if any will sneak in before the month is out? We always talk about snow in terms of it's fluffiness and the way it lays like cotton wool across the countryside, like a pure and crisp woolly blanket. So wonderfully white and yet it doesn't often look that way, taking on the colour of the light of the day.
White is often so hard to pin down. It can look warm yellow, or cool blue, or even green or pink, especially if you've ever played with camera settings! These pictures are all supposedly white balls of wool on a white background. Yet the balls are all different and the camera can capture 'white' in an amazing variety of ways. It seems so versatile and changeable.
I wonder if that's why it works so well with so many other colours?
Don't forget to check out the other great 'Colour Collaborative' blogs
for more of today's great posts...
Annie at Knitsofacto
Gillian at Tales From a Happy House
Nina at Tabiboo
Andi at My Sister's Knitter
Amanda at The Vintage Sheet Addict