I've been a busy artist this weekend. I blame all of the following that you are about to see on my newest group participation activity, the Knitter's Way. I've been pondering the ways in which I am creative and artistic, and the ways in which I'd like to be creative and artistic. I've been thinking about how it all connects to knitting for me, and how to move forward in my desire to be able to translate the visions in my mind into my knitting.
This doesn't mean I want to become a designer. It just means that I'd like to know how to design when I'm visualizing something worth designing. When I look at yarn, I see color. I see texture. I want to do something unique with that.
From left to right in the basket is Koigu Kersti, Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, and Regia 6. The picture on the right shows Southwest Trading Company Bamboo. The color is Purplexed. I'm copycatting Joan, a fellow guild member and entrelac sweater knitter. She was using Bamboo in this color the other night for a pair of socks, and it makes a soft, silky fabric. I fell instantly in love. Tonight I will swatch with this and see if it will work for the Cloverleaf sock that I'm starting for the Six Sox-along.
Friday night, I kept picking things up and putting things down. I bonded with a pima tencel yarn but I don't have a current idea for it. (Or maybe I do.....but that's down the road a bit.) I flirted with a skein of Great Adirondack Crayon Sequins, in a Watermelon colorway. I put it down. I wandered around. I came back to Sequin and flirted some more. She flirted back, and then suggested a 3-way. She introduced me to her friend Starlight. Starlight twinkled at me, and said she had some more friends. Out came Frills, and Irisee. I was overwhelmed with their beauty. The combinations of warm and cool tones, their sparkling personalities, the depth of textures. What's a knitter to do when faced with a situation like this?
I did the only sensible thing. I totaled up the cost in my head, and reluctantly put them back in the crowd. But I was drawn over and over to these charmers. I heard Matt or Rob mention to someone else how these yarns would make wonderful accents on a sweater. Instantly a vision appeared in my head. Equally instantly I thought about my artistic aspirations. I did the only sensible thing. I changed my mind. This bevy of beauties now rests on my dining room table as a centerpiece.
Do you see why I was smitten?
And here's the reason why I feel so emboldened to take the next step. Here's why I feel a sense of accomplishment in my knitting skill, and why I now want to take the leap into the next challenging step.
She is finished. Ends woven in. She fits....perfectly. I will block her, and then I'll turn up the air conditioning and take a picture modeling her. She is every bit as I imagined her when I first started this project. But she is derived from a pattern that already exists, so it was really someone else who originally visualized her. Gradually I want to develop my idea for a sweater, and create a piece of wearable art that no one else has thought of before. Most of the time I'm quite content to take some yarn, and a pattern that catches my eye, and follow directions until I get a most delightful and useful finished product. But in the back of my mind, I also want to create art.
And now that she is finished....it's time to get something else on the needles.