cey & i: variations

we are all different.

that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

a world of clones would be boring at best and dysfunctional at worst.

knitters are a good example of this.

no matter how much

i like a designer’s version of a pattern,

it’s inevitable that someone will make modifications

(lovingly called mods)

and the piece will take on a whole new personality;

a fresh life of its own.

in ‘artistic differences‘ i wanted to expand on that.

setting aside a knitter’s skills (which can be many),

how does a person’s personality affect their choices in knitting?

7272cropand does the end result ‘look’

more like them than

the designer’s


did ?

when an existing song

gets dolled up a bit

by a new band,

we label it ‘a cover’.

when the original artist

reworks the tune

it’s labeled ‘a remix’.

you seldom see remixes

by knitwear designers.


we decide what a thing will be

and then do our best to present it in that light.

maybe it’s my musical background showing, but i’ve always loved

the contrast of the textural similarities and differences

between song remixes and the originals.

the group of patterns in

artistic differences is my version of ‘knitting remixes’.

 i took two parts of who i am,

a little bit boho and another little bit rock & roll,

and allowed each pattern in the book to reflect those two sensibilities

(just for extra fun, there’s a third mod written in for each pattern as well).

here’s a band i love doing a musical thing that’s similar

with their song ‘gang of rhythm’

(be sure to check out their ‘powerful’ version

which starts in all its rock and roll vibe-ness at the 7:22 mark).


now that you’ve heard it done musically,

check out the book to see me doing it knit-wise.

then the question becomes this:

what is it that makes you different?

and how in the world are you gonna knit that?

needles at the ready and

thinking caps on…

‘fresh’ taken from 92:14 in the psalms.

5 thoughts on “cey & i: variations

  1. Oh my goodness. More beautiful patterns that I want to knit!! I can’t keep up with your designs! I am different. Also a musical person, and the teacher of little children, mother and grandmother, with one little granddaughter out of eleven, one who loves colour and texture and the feel of yarn, I have never been one to follow the crowd. Not a girly girl, more a tomboy, outdoors, animal loving person who collects dolls, I avoid the gossip and shallowness cliques and unkind words around me. Maybe none of this makes me different, but I always have been. 🙂 I would love to knit Setto and Forte, each oversized and tunic length, because I do not have a fitted body. LOL And I don’t like my clothing to constrict. You know me, Tal, the Tensity pattern is drawing me in already, because I love purses, and this one is just wonderful.
    Off to purchase the ebook right NOW!!! Thanks for your talent, your lovely designs.

    • you always manage, samm, to be a ray of sunshine in any day of mine you brighten. thank you for that. and for the excitement about this new collection of mine (and first book ever). i’m excited, too.

      • I love that there are variations in each pattern. 🙂 I’m one who often makes changes to existing patterns, not always successfully, but that’s me, doing my own thing. LOL These patterns have built-in changes! Yay!

  2. Well now, isnt that fancy a new book,, I dont know a darn think about knitting it, or darning while were at it, my daughter would enjoy it, seems like you do have mad skills writing, hopefully poetry, our family would enjoy that, keep us posted, keep up the good fight of faith viking Sister, we are bring your family in prayer to God’s throne of grace Psalm 46:10 Shalom to your beautiful family

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