A New Design Inspiration

OntheWaytotheMetro

My husband used to commute to Culver City, which is a horrible drive, traffic-wise, from Burbank. Instead of driving, I used to drive him to the metro station, where he’d hop a train for the rest of the way. Usually, by the time he was done with work and back off the train ready for me to pick him up, the sun was setting. I snapped this photo as inspiration for a design, which I’m very close to finishing. I love the way the poles all line up with the sky doing a beautiful color change.

I haven’t posted as much lately because I’ve been working nonstop, but this is a little teaser of my newest pattern, which I will publish as soon as I find the time to finish knitting it. It’s a scarf, which I was originally doing with stranded colorwork, but then decided to reknit using the shadow knitting technique I just learned. The stranded piece was coming out nicely, but I realized the concept was perfectly suited for shadow knitting. However, I am thinking of writing both versions of the pattern to release together. What do you think?


Tips from Debbie Macomber

People come in the shop all the time looking for a group to knit with. There are people who come in the shop to sit and knit, and we welcome this, but like most shops, we are there to sell yarn and teach people the craft. Finding just the right group of knitters to have regular meetings with is hard, for many reasons. Sometimes a group’s vibe just isn’t right for you, or as in my case, my schedule and responsibilities changed, and I just found it easier to knit at home when I am able. However, I do miss the group atmosphere, and I really enjoyed this post by Debbie Macomber. If you want to find your own little group, she gives great tips for starting your own! If you’re in the LA area, and decide to take her up on it, send me an invitation! :)


Julia Farwell Clay

As anyone who follows me knows, I love color. Before I’m drawn to anything else, I’m drawn to colors, and most of my absolute favorite designers revel in it too. After seeing her work in Pom Pom, I checked out her site, and found myself another color enthusiast. If you don’t mind some stranding in your knitting, check out her fun, colorful work!


Woolful

I visited this blog to read the interview with Stephen West, and then found myself scrolling and reading more. Then I realized you can buy wool from her, listen to a podcast, and just generally envelop yourself in the world of making and fiber. Another talented knitter putting some beauty and inspiration out there for the rest of us. Enjoy!


Another Rabbit Hole

While browsing a bookstore last night (a favorite way of mine to take my mind off my worries), I came across a book that featured this site. I didn’t end up buying the book, but just the name ColourLovers told me it’s a site made just for the likes of me. I’m afraid it’s even more of a rabbit hole for me than Pinterest. Have fun!


Soothing Summer Knitting

Front View

Front View

3/4 view - so you can see the sleeves better

3/4 view – so you can see the sleeves better

The last month and a half has been so crazy and hectic for me that I wanted a soothing, relaxing project that didn’t require a whole lot of pattern memorization and brainpower from me. I also wanted a super cool, neutral, versatile summer top to wear with everything all summer. (Summer starts early in LA – it’s already been about 100 every day this week!) This pattern fit the bill on all counts, and I may even make another one with some different yarn!


Franklin Habit and Shadow Knitting

Really nice guy, really great teacher!

Really nice guy, really great teacher!

I took two classes with Franklin Habit at Vogue Knitting Live, and I’d really love to take 200 more. Franklin is, first off, a really nice guy. I was a half hour late to my first class because I got utterly lost and was driving around Pasadena again and again, and missing the convention center each time. I really HATE being late – in general, I think it’s disrespectful to the teacher, and very poor manners. He was extremely gracious with me and got me up to speed in no time, for which I am most grateful. He has lots of stories to tell and a great sense of humor, both of which make for an entertaining class.

Second, he is extremely thorough. For this class on shadow knitting, he did tons of swatching to prepare his materials for class. He tried every variation of the technique he could think of, and therefore was a wealth of knowledge about what did and didn’t work. (Yes, again, the swatching theme…) I really appreciated how well-prepared he was to answer almost any question we threw at him.

Shadow knitting has fascinated me for awhile, and now thanks to this class, I understand how it works. It is the only kind of knitting that doesn’t reveal itself to you unless you’re looking at it in motion. And considering how I love Op Art, the whole optical illusion concept is exciting. I will not go into the technique here, as I am still practicing. Woolly Thoughts can take you much more in-depth, and before I parlay this into design work, I plan to knit through at least some of their tutorials myself. I hope you will enjoy my photos – all are of the same swatch, and you can get an idea, visually, of this type of knitting.

The knitting as it appears when laid flat.

The knitting as it appears when laid flat.

It helps to look at the back, laid flat, if you are struggling to figure out what you're supposed to see on the front.

It helps to look at the back, laid flat, if you are struggling to figure out what you’re supposed to see on the front.

The front reveals itself when in motion, and viewed from an angle.

The front reveals itself when in motion, and viewed from an angle.


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