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?
more like them than
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.
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…