Just thought I would share some #architecturalinspiration with you all, I'd be really interested to know the name of the last building I found in New York when I was walking along the highline.
I'd also love to know what inspires you guys, let me know in the comments!
I'm very excited to be teaching my 'Create, Design, Knit!' workshop as part of the Liberty Sewing School at Liberty of London in September!
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So, I know I have been really bad at keeping up to date with my blog but I do have a pretty amazing reason for being too busy to blog, and that would be Inspired Knits!
Inspired Knits; 12 hand knit designs influenced by architectural details and shapes, is a project that I have been working on for rather a while now, and I cannot wait to share it with you all!
Here is a quick look at just some of the design process that has gone into creating Inspired Knits.
Inspired Knits will be launching this Autumn Winter, stay tuned for more updates and sneak peeks!
I love seeing the work behind a design; the inspiration, the sketches and the process. So I thought I would share with you the initial idea for my Angular Blocks Tee that is featured in The Knitting Collection Volume 2.
I always like in include inspirational imagery that shows where my idea has come from, in this case (as in a lot of my work) my inspiration was architecture. I love spending time on Pinterest looking for architectural images to inspire my work, as well as going out and photographing buildings myself when I can. From the images I have collected, I begin sketching what kind of garment or accessory I imagine my idea working as. If I'm happy with the idea I will choose a yarn that I think will work well and I'll knit up a swatch. I'll also start thinking about construction and details like trims and necklines.
And this is how it turned out, I'm really please with the overall look and love how its been styled and shot. Hope you all like it too!
I'm a big fan of train travel. I spend 3 days a week working up in London for which I commute in and out from my home in Essex. This is the first of a short series of posts I've wanted to write for a while about commuting. Some days, I don't even look out of the window at all, but I like to try and at least spend some time gazing at the world flying by. If you've seen any of my work or read any of my other blog posts, you'll understand why I love the view from the train; the lines, angles, geometric patterns.
Now I know you won't all see the beauty and inspiration I see in these images, but they inspire me and many of my designs are based of patterns, shapes and lines I've seen through a train window or from a station platform. And that makes commuting less of a drag.
Commuting doesn't have to be hell, it's time where you can't be anywhere else, time that can be lost and wasted, or time that can be used and reclaimed.
In my next post I'll write about some of the other things I like to do to reclaim my commute.
Just wanted to share some of my favourite #architecturalinspiration snaps that I have on the wall in my studio at the moment.
I see endless inspiration in architecture that I can translate into concepts when designing and pattern writing.
Sometimes it's the lines, shapes and angles, sometimes it's the contrasting textures and colours.
I love the big modern glass and steel buildings in the city, I used to spend days walking around taking picture and sketching them when I was studying in London, on the edge of the city where it meets Whitechapel and East London. I also love the brutalist architecture of the late half of the 20th century, all the concrete structures like these motorway bridges.
I can't imagine a time when I'll get bored of architecture!
I'm busily working away on tonnes of submissions for magazines and new ideas, lots of #architecturalinspiration around!
I hope you're all having a great week!
I want to give you all a sneak peek at one of the designs I'm working on, my Corner scarf. The yarn is Malabrigo Worsted and it's a really easy to follow asymmetric chevron design inspired architectural lines and angles.
I am constantly inspire by architecture and constantly getting my iphone out to take pictures of buildings, and not just the big shiny glass ones, this design is actually inspired by some pictures I took of the local multistory car park! I was walking past the corner of the building one day and I just looked up and was completely struck by the lines and angles of the building from that perspective. So I took some pictures, and went and got myself a coffee and started sketching.
I knew what I wanted to make so the next stage was creating a swatch of my idea to see how I could recreate those lines and angles.
It took me a couple of goes to refine my idea and the techniques I would use to create the effect I wanted, but once I was happy with the design I could cast on for real.
Here's the final piece, still a work in progress! I really hope you all like the design as much as I do, I'll post again about it when its finished.
So last week I traveled up to Birmingham to the NEC for the CHSI Stitches trade show. It was a long and exhausting day but I loved every minute of it! I spent most of the day hanging out with my lovely and incredibly talented friend Emma Wright, meeting lots of lovely yarn producers, designers and magazine editors. As a self employed freelance designer, going to show's like this and meeting people who are in the same industry, actually in person, is not only great fun but an invaluable experience. Hopefully there will be some exciting thing's coming up that I can share with you all!
I designed myself some new business cards to take to the show, hope you like!
I came home with some gorgeous yarn, beautiful magazines and feeling very inspired by all the lovely people I met.
I also cast on with my The Little Grey Sheep mini skeins that I picked up at Unravel on the train to Birmingham, its seriously lovely! Just felt like playing with some simple fairisle patterns and going from there.
Train travel is always improved with coffee and knitting! Hope you all had a lovely weekend and aren't too sad about going back to work today!
For my first blog post I thought I'd jump straight in with a post about my trip to Unravel at Farnham Maltings this past weekend and write a little bit about all the amazing stands and yarn I saw (and purchased!) there, because who needs long introductions when you can talk about yarn instead!
It was my first visit to Unravel, and it didn't disappoint! After a difficult journey out of London, I was very much in need of some yarn squishing and some inspiration and that's exactly what I found. I was also cheered up the sight of Pom Pom Quarterly's stand and seeing my Right Angle jumper alongside of the other gorgeous samples from their latest issue!
Also on their stand were the first books from the Pom Pom Press; Take Heart by Fiona Alice and Interpretations by Joji Locatelli and Veera Valimaki. Beautifully made books full of beautiful patterns. And of course I got to chat to some of the lovely Pom Pom ladies too, such a pleasure!
Seeing amazing designers such as Rachel Coopey and Fiona Alice, amongst many others, with their own stands, promoting their work, meeting lovely knitters and looking like they were having a great time was really inspiring, something I would love to do in the future.
There were so many amazing amazing stands with such beautiful yarns that I really could have bought the lot but I had to be restrained and I tried very hard to only buy things I'd always wanted or that were completely new to me.
My first purchase was a planned one that I had been coveting for a while and fulfills my current obsession with linen.
100% Lithuanian Linen in Ice Grey from the lovely Midwinter Yarns. It's even more beautiful than the pictures show! Linen is such an interesting fibre to work with and it gives the most beautiful drape to the finished fabric.
I also bought some Vahva Pirkkalanka in Blush, described perfectly on on the Midwinter Yarns website as "the slightest wash of rose pink over a natural grey base". I can't resist an interesting grey!
Another stand that I really loved was the Triskelion Yarn and Fibre stand, full of interesting fibres and beautiful colours.
I couldn't resist buying a skein of Olwen DK in this beautifully delicate and pale silvery blue grey shade. Made from 100% Extra Fine Falklands Merino, Olwen is beautifully soft and I can't wait to start knitting with it!
My last purchase was some irresistible mini skeins from The Little Grey Sheep stand.
Planning to design some geometric fairisle accessories with these beauties!
So that's about all my bank balance would allow me to purchase. I had a great time at Unravel and I will definitely be back next year! Thanks for reading my first blog post, I hope you've enjoyed it and I'll be back with another very soon :)