First of all, true confessions. I want to be Stephanie Pearl-McPhee when I grow up. She writes about knitting and makes me laugh and cry. http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/
I would also love to be a designer or professional knitter. When I found out that Rebekka knits sweaters as a day job to pay for her artistic photography career, I was inspired to design my own line of art sweaters. http://www.rebekkagudleifs.com/sweaters.php
For ideas and inspiration, I’ve been reading about the famous Bohus sweaters in Poems of Color: Knitting in the Bohus Tradition by Wendy Keele. I like the way they use the same colorway and pattern in several different forms. I think I will create a yoke sweater, a hat, and a jacket based on those patterns and maybe a simple short-sleeved sweater with the patterns across the top as well.
I’m basing my designs on petroglyphs from Utah rock art. The first line is animal shapes. I’ve designed a deer/goat, a snake, and an abstract scorpion. Here is the actual rock art:
Here are the knit samples so far:
So, not bad copies, but not an interesting, integrated pattern. I’ve worked up a new graph paper version, which I need to knit into a sample and see if it works.
Other exciting topics I need to approach:
closures–are buttonholes worth the trouble?
colors? redrock only, natural only, buyers choice?
If you are reading this first attempt, my apologies. As I tell my students, “Writing is a lot of work. All rough drafts suck.”