Archive for June 17th, 2013

That whisper inspiration…

Robert Burns The Charms of Lovely Davies

A question that invariably floats through my thoughts when looking at knitting patterns is what was the inspiration for the piece? Knitting magazines send out mood boards which are usually a collection of photographs intended to create a mood, a unity, for the issue. Sometimes the ideas for my patterns are stirred into being by mood boards I create for myself. Sometimes I look at a yarn and know what it wants to be and what kind of stitch patterns it’s eager to be reconfigured into.  These moments of sudden insight are rare occurrences for me. More often it is only after living with a mood board for a time that inspiration comes. And it comes as a whisper.

The Charlotte baby set was a murmur. I am ridiculously fond of 1920s fashion, art deco and art nouveau. I wanted to knit a baby set that would give a nod to 1920s. In my endeavor, I collected many, many picture snippets, watched lots of old movies set during the 20s, fell in love with the bed jackets the women wore. Out of all I collected, the one picture that whispered to me was this:

chrysler building1

This is the Chrysler Building in New York City. I loved the combination of strong vertical lines with the softness of curves at the top. To me, the top whispered lace that gently gathered into scallops. And so the Charlotte baby set was begun in earnest. Sketches were done. Yarns considered, more about this little fiasco later. Colors were collected, another fiasco, but I digress. Before the yarn and color traumas—they are all my fault I must admit—but during the thinking and sketching it occurred to me how much knitting is like good architecture: A well designed knit is affected by the laws of nature and reason, proportion and use. I think the Charlotte baby sweater meets those criteria after all this time.

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