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This week’s board is about how knitting is represented in the art of illustration. I hope you enjoy it. The board can be found here.

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crochet art wall hanging

crochet art wall hanging

crochet table covering found on blogloving

crochet table covering found on blogloving

prudence mapstone's crochet bullion stitch necklace

prudence mapstone’s crochet bullion stitch necklace

crochet metal sculpture by Ruth Asawa

crochet metal sculpture by Ruth Asawa

a little work of art no pattern

a little work of art no pattern

picasso inspired freeform crochet by Bonnie Prokopowicz

picasso inspired freeform crochet by Bonnie Prokopowicz

Spirit of Spring. Everything is crocheted

Spirit of Spring. Everything is crocheted

By Gabriele Meyers 5 hyperbolic half planes of crochet in polyester yarn by

By Gabriele Meyers 5 hyperbolic half planes of crochet in polyester yarn by

tapestry crochet background with 3-D flowers appliqued

tapestry crochet background with 3-D flowers appliqued

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I live by the sentiment that I will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. Ninety-nine percent of the time I live in peace with past and present. But that one percent can be a thorn. It deals with my decision in college and grad school not to follow my love of drawing and painting.

At the age of seven I knew what I wanted to be: a writer. I commandeered my mother’s old manual typewriter from the 1930s (I still have it!) and pounded out story after story at my little desk in our basement. I was writer, editor, printer, and illustrator of my own little books. One of the most prominent memories from that time was that darn typewriter and how I literally had to hammer each key to get it to print, with mom upstairs calling “You better not break that typewriter.” When the black ribbon that ran from spool to spool would come to an end, I had to rewind it. Usually I could almost get three rewinds off the ribbon before I had to beg a new one off my mother.

“What are you writing down there”, she’d ask while handing over yet another fresh black ribbon.

“Nothing.” I’d say. The classic kid response to everything.

In addition to the typewriter on my little desk, what once was a tin can of peas was now a holder for pens, drawing pencils, editing pencils, and a pink eraser. Stored in the desk cubby hole was paper for the typewriter, carbon paper, paper for drawing, and the old standard black and white cardboard covered notebooks used for school, but which I used for journaling all my ideas both written and drawn. I was a conservationist’s nightmare when it came to paper products. I also had, prominently displayed next to a  large old fashioned industrial counting machine, a pink message pad with the words While You Were Out printed boldly across the top.

In high school, I dropped story writing for poetry. I call those four years my Lord Byron period. I also drew a lot and discovered painting and art class. I was drawn to poets like Silvia Plath and other writers and artists who had tragic endings. I could understand why she put her head in an oven. I comprehended why Hemingway shot himself. Mom and the school counselor introduced me to psychology via the school psychologist. The upshot of which was I stopped writing so they had nothing to read. I withdrew into my world of drawings and paintings most of which had to do with what would be called fantasy art: a world of fairies and elves. I had found Tolkein, Beowulf, King Arthur, Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight. My art teacher and I formally parted ways in that I took no further classes with him. He wasn’t into fantasy art. So on my free periods I would sit in the school hallway and draw.

When college time came my parents and grandparents all agreed that unless I was going to study something that had relevance (translation: that led to a J-O-B) they would not be funding my education. And so I studied journalism, Literature and creative writing. I took no art classes, but for one where I honed my focus to drawing broken things. The art teacher just couldn’t understand why I wasn’t studying art. I had the talent but I needed the formal knowledge. I almost switched. But the family financial aid would go away and so I didn’t step foot in another art class.

But I guess it all worked out as it should. Perhaps I was not ready to study art. I don’t think I would have made it to here because I was in a period of my life in which I was shutting down. I have found that  I can’t make art and be shut down; apart from my emotions. Everything I create requires me to be emotionally involved with it. Even the knitted garments I create engage my emotions. I really have to feel when making art.

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Wearable Art

The second sock is almost done. It’s hard for me to believe that I knit a pair of socks in just 6 days. It’s a first.

Today I am expecting the new yarn to arrive. I will be very disappointed if Yarn Rascal and I walk down to the mailbox and it’s not there. So come on US Postal Service I am rooting for you. You can get me that yarn before the end of the year. Remember your advertisement: This is your season. Actually I think the US Postal Service is pretty cool. With the amount of mail and goods they move they do a pretty good job.

Finally, I want to share this picture with you.

kaffe fasset long leaf coat

I didn’t make it. It’s Kaffe Fasset’s Long Leaf coat. I think this is an example of when knitting crosses over into wearable art. You can check out some other things I’ve pinned here. I love the idea of wearable art and keep exploring this avenue of knitting. I think of it as painting with yarn and I’d love to be able to develop enough as a knitter and artist to create something as stunning as this.

I love to paint, but knitting is taking up the majority of my time, lately. I miss my painting and I think this is the engine driving my interest in wearable art. Of course the first thing I thought of when I saw the Fasset coat was “Oh the ends that need weaving in.” Not an inspiring idea. Still, I’d love to try something like this. We will see. My design Ming Blue is under renovation and I might just try to do something 60s Pop Art with it.

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