trumed

it looks like steve the may

has a bit of swatching fever (always a good thing for a designer).

i feel pretty honored that his goal is to make

a pair of my trume socks.Photo on 4-2-15 at 16.06brican’t wait to see what color he lands on

and if he loves them as much as i love the pink ones

that i wore this past saturday

to the book signing at the hub mills store.

nothing, in my opinion, makes high heeled mary janes

feel better than cushy

boot socks.

‘nothing’ taken from 5:24 of job.

cey & i: exactly

17 days until the photo shoot for ‘artistic differences’.

feels like yesterday that susan and i first sat in her office

and discussed ideas and possibilities.

still, 17 days until

my end of things is done.

then the cey staff tech editors, layout and various other people

have the ball in their court.

here’s the thing.

i’m still swatching for the last piece

of the collection.  back at that again tonight.

IMG_6318cropand it’s not that i couldn’t have knit the full piece

about 10 different times over.

i could have,

and it would have been 10 different variations on a theme.

but, it’s not quite what’s in my head yet.

this is why

i often refer to myself as a ‘hack’.

i know i have skills, experience, and all kinds of excitement for the process.

what i don’t always have is the ability to mold my fingers

and the yarns they’re holding

into the picture in my head the first time out of the gate.

or the second, or the third.

so when i say ‘hack’, i mean not intuitively able

to leap from idea to final design in a single bound.

maybe no-one can.

some people sure do make it look

just about easy, though.

my friend pam send this quote to me sometime before i woke up this morning:

being a hackperfect.

this is exactly what i mean when i label myself a ‘hack’.

it is often one mistake,

one detour or another, that

pulls any given design of mine into a place

where it can hold its own as an original.

this is mostly likely why i always feel more like a happy kid

whose crayon drawing was hung on the fridge

by an adoring parent who sees the effort as beauty

rather than a grown-up holding her own as a ‘knitwear designer.

i admit that every time i write

‘knitwear designer’

as profession on a form, i giggle a little.

so now you know.

‘original’ from 24:13 of 2nd chronicles.

(this is an ongoing series of posts chronicling

the process of my yet to be released collaboration with classic elite yarns.

to search, all post titles will include ‘ cey & i:‘ and be tagged with ‘artistic differences‘.)

cey & i: decoding

i have this swatch.

it looks very simple,

but i knit it almost two years ago

and i have absolutely no idea what the stitches are.

i’ve stared at it until my eyes get blurry.

i’ve written down every possible stitch combo that i can think of.

at this point i’ve reknit them all and nothing comes close.

now, it’s an easy stitch pattern.  i know that it is.

the result is a very simple textural-ness

that really appeals to me.

fed up, i’d almost

decided to throw the little swatch away

as seeing it everyday on my bulletin board

and not being able to conquer it was really dragging me down.

then yesterday morning,

i took a little ride with my friend wendy.

we talked about everything (like we always do)

and i finally got round to a little vent about the ‘swatch with no name’.

IMG_5372satwithout missing a beat, she (focused on driving at the time) said,

“can’t you just undo the bind off and gently pull the stitches out

 to see what they were in the first place?”

can’t i just undo…?

hey, why didn’t i think of that?!?

it took me all of five minutes this afternoon to unbind

a few rows and figure out the stitches that have been so eluding me for weeks.

thanks, wendy,

for letting me consistently

bum rides to in the loop sit ‘n’ knits

and especially this week, thank you for seeing through my confusion

to the straightforward answer

that has been right in front of me all along.

‘name’ taken from 1:3 of song of songs.

(this is an ongoing series of posts chronicling

the process of my yet to be released collaboration with classic elite yarns.

to search, all post titles will include ‘cey & i:‘ and be tagged with ‘artistic differences‘.)

repeat

IMG_4863cropi have friends

with go to patterns.

if they get stuck at

an airport,

or come to a place

that needs some pondering

on whatever

they’re currently working on,

they ‘go to’

their fail safe pattern.

they’ve made

it many times over.

they know it by heartIMG_4859crop

the yarn weight

and needle size

and how many sts

to cast on

are always

on the tip of their minds.

they can merrily

start and work until

something stops them

at any given time.

oh, how i want one of these:

a pattern i get that also gets me.

one that is simple enough to live in my head,

but interesting enough i’d happily knit it over and over again.

IMG_4858cropi am trying

to create one

with the ‘sandstone’ tones

in the mountain colors

hand-painted

new wool 3-ply

that i’ve been swatching.

so far,

the balance between

easy enough to knit

without the pattern

in front of me

and interesting enough to knit more than once

is eluding me.

but, i think it will all come together soon

and this yarn is such a nice way to work through the process.

do you have a go to pattern?

please do share so it can inspire me.

thanks.

‘share’ taken from 4:28 in ephesians.