Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wardrobe Wednesday!

Two front pieces, one completed sleeve,
and another in process on my
Definitely In Africa Cardi.
While the current Hot Fun In the Summertime along is nearing an end (Sunday the 31st is the last day to post finished projects, everyone!), a look at the current state of my Definitely In Africa cardigan, as well as doing some electronic housecleaning the other day, made me think about how I came to my current place of wanting to make more of my own wardrobe, which dovetails with my year-long celebration of designing for the last five years.

In April of 2011 (!), I blogged about my aspirations as part of the second Knitting and Crochet Blog week. I actually put my hands to my face when I re-read the post - I cannot believe how spot-on I was in terms of my strengths. At the time, I shared a portion of a list of designs I wanted to make, as well as a book I created of 20 Vogue Knitting designs. I still have the book as well as the list, and although designing has taken center stage, I remain determined to work through many of those designs. It's intriguing, though, that several of the knit lace pieces in the self-created book no longer hold much appeal. I am a crochet lace lover first and foremost, along with most other things within the modern crochet technique arsenal. On the knit side, cables definitely, and good 'ole squishy garter stitch are my continued preoccupations.

I can't believe I still have this list!
I am also struck with the language I used in that post ("systematic, wardrobe-like approach") to describe which fiber techniques I wanted to explore further. I have stated and written previously on many occasions that sewing my wardrobe holds no appeal (along with my deep aversion to socks!). However, creating things both knit and crochet for myself has held a whole lot of appeal for a very long time. It was, however, not until 2011, with the exploration of favorite design elements, that led me to put it all in writing.   

For me, what's been most amazing is how much I enjoy the garment and accessory aspect of my design life. For those who have been following this blog and my fiber career know, I am an interior design junkie, always rearranging my own living space. I thoroughly enjoy designing accessories for my home (as well as creating other artwork for my space); arranging and re-arranging to see things in a fresh light is very satisfying to me. There is nothing more welcoming and comforting than a space with one's own DIY touches throughout, mine included. So to acknowledge that garment design holds an equal appeal is a wee shock. I'm going with it, though!

There is one other thing that I wanted to mention that also sent a shiver through me - the quote I had inserted in my Vogue Knitbook, which I subtitled "Denise's Artful Knitting Project":

                      "Now, let us all take a deep breath and forge on into the future;
                        knitting [and crochet] at the ready."

                                                                                                            The Opinionated Knitter

Five years later, and that breath shows no signs of dissipating.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

It's July. Say It Ain't So!

Photo (c)

To where have the last few weeks disappeared? I have been working on a few projects behind the scenes, as well as items in my Hot Fun In The Summertime a-long, so I've been knee-deep in yarn and paints. 

NFC Rustic Fingering -
that Columbus Circle
colorway is something
Before I provide you with my first finished item in the a-long, I am thrilled to show off my latest published design, the Summer Mist Poncho in the August 2016 edition of Utilizing the always wonderful Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering in the Columbus Circle colorway, it is a true, lighweight summer topper. I did not have summer wedding on the brain when I designed it, but the magazine's styling brilliantly shows off such a possible use. I just love this pretty colorway that screams summer.

Additionally in this edition, I have a second written tunisian crochet technique article utilizing the ponchos's edging as an example.

And now, onto my first completed item in the a-long. I worked up my own personal version of the Summer Dance Shawl, and I am pretty pleased with my handiwork, if I do say so myself. To the right you'll see how I used a contrasting colorway on the edging to provide a nice pop of summer color. To the left, you'll see a closer look at the beads I used along the last row of the edging. 

Color and bling - love it.

I hope everyone in the U.S. has a great July 4th holiday, exercising independence in the way that fits each of you best. And for everyone in Canada, happy Canada Day weekend. 

We can't seem to get out of the way of holidays here in North America cause hey, it's summer!