When I think of stripes, I usually think of neat and orderly lines, of like sizes, repeated in a pattern to make a fabric. Sometimes the line sizes vary but they are usually in a pattern of some kind. Lately I have been seeing stripes of a different kind - stripes in nature.
Stripes in the green spring landscape
Stripes on the baby raccoon tails
Undulating stripes on the Jack in the Pulpit
Broken shadow stripes on a leaf from the fern above
Stripes on the chipmunk's back
The stripes I have encountered in nature have made me think about the stripes I make in my knitting. Usually, but not always, they are even and ordered. Usually they repeat, although not always tightly and neatly. Here are some new little stripes I have been fooling with - inspired by the stripes on the creatures and green things I have been observing the past couple weeks as spring unfolds around me. Right now they are just little bits of swatches and ideas. I don't know where they will turn up but it has been fun playing with them.
These stripes were inspired by the chipmunk and the raccoons:
These stripes were inspired by the forest stripes. I was playing with textures and greens, aquas, and brownish greens.
Like with everything I do, some were successful swatches but some weren't. My swatches are a good record that I refer back to over and over again.