Its been a while since I’ve posted any knits because I’ve been working on a larger piece as a gift for my mom: the Hitofude Cardigan. She was looking for a unique lace cardigan that she could wear in the fall and spring, so we hit Ravelry and started looking through the boundless pattern library. After narrowing it down to a few options, we decided on the pattern by Hiroki Fukatsu for its timeless elegance and simple lines. The beautiful pictures made it any easy choice and the recommendation of Madelinetosh Merino Light gave us a huge selection of beautiful colors to choose from. (I recommend taking a look in the projects gallery on ravelry to be inspired by the beautiful variety of colors.)
I would highly recommend this pattern to anyone wanting to make a lace cardigan. The pattern is well written and so beautiful in its simplicity. It is knit all in one piece with seaming under the arms. The lace pattern is very easy to memorize but gives the knitting process enough variety for a longer project. It was so easy to make I am considering putting it on the list to make one for myself in the future.
Much of this month has been spent stash-busting all the little partial skeins rolling around my bins and making up some different glove patterns. Above are most of the varieties that resulted. I’m currently working on a longer project, the Hitofude Cardigan, as a present. It is coming along nicely, but I kind of miss the much more instant gratification of fingerless gloves.
Seeing troves of orphan saucers collecting dust in antique shops, British designer Richard Brendon designed a brilliant way to give these objects a second life.
Brendon designed a blank bone-china tea cup—a ghostly stand-in of the Georgian variety—that’s finished off with a reflective surface. Like a Chameleon, the cup replicates the look of it’s supporting cast—albeit with a slightly broken, melting aesthetic.
Reflect is one of those rare gems that fills a need by repurposing discarded materials while also building on a visual legacy with a whole new look. It’s cheeky and rational, clever and satisfying, and the perfect mix of form and function.
We love how this painting—one of Willem De Kooning’s last works—encapsulates all the best elements of his oeuvre. The overlapping swaths of color from his reckless 40’s and 50’s prime are beaten into submission according to his refined working methods of the 1980’s. It’s clean and simple, but not quite. There’s a tension there that keeps us looking.
What we find of particular interest is the painting’s resemblance to the bright, crisp product paintings of the Pop era. In some alternate reality, this could pass for a warped Rosenquist or a wrecked Wesselmann. Odd then that the sworn enemy of the rough-and-tumble, yet oh-so-sensitive Abstract Expressionists (i.e. Pop) ended up worming its way into the work.
Maybe it’s because he was the last AbExer standing or it’s his connection to Rauschenberg or his injection of pop cultural or representational references, but somehow this just seems appropriate.
The stash-busting and arts festival inventory-creating has begun! I’ve pulled out all of those little balls of leftover yarn and have had the best time creating fun combinations of colors and textures. I can’t seem to stop making variations on striped gloves. Since these projects don’t take much yarn, I’ll be able to make a few more solid color pairs too. I don’t plan to stop for another week or two. We’ll see how many I can do!
Summer is time for me to start looking forward to end of year presents and our local arts festival. After finishing up my new sock patterns, I decided to make two more pairs of the Twists and Braids socks with some newly acquired Madelinetosh Tosh Sock yarn. I love the vibrancy of the yarns and it was fun to see how the pattern looks in Flashdance versus Antique Lace.
The sock patterns translate nicely into simple fingerless gloves, my most popular item at the Cherokee Heights Arts Festival in November. I have a bunch of stashed yarn, so I’ll be working through some of it to create items for the fall. I enjoy working within the constraints of the yarn colors and textures I have available to create combinations I wouldn’t have paired otherwise. Look for lots of glove updates soon!
It’s finally here! My latest four-color print is now complete. Actually, it’s been done for a while but I’ve been wrestling with the decision of which way to orient it for quite some time. You see, these are the types of decisions that really occupy my time in the studio. You know, the really, truly heavy ones. Like, whether it’s the bright orange and purple on top or the magenta and metallic gold.
Bright, saturated color was what I was after with this guy—and pursuing something a little more complex than my typical two-color editions. I’m looking forward to exploring this route further. Two-color art—and even one-color work—can be beautiful, but why put a limit on it? One of my favorite things about this process is getting to work with rich colors, so let’s see where things go. Gaudy? Possibly. Ugly? Never. Why not see how far I can push it.
Experience has proven that I have no trouble limiting myself, so I know I’ll be back to some nice, safe and oh so sublime minimal aesthetics before long. Mark my words, but enjoy the ride while it lasts.
Going public in the shop.