Despite--or perhaps because of--the chaos in my surroundings, I've been very concentrated on my knitting projects.
Sometimes, we become newly conscious of an item that has become part of the visual background when we move things around. Such is the case with this shallow bowl, painted with dicentra ("bleeding hearts") by my talented mother-in-law.
In real life it glows with jewel-like colors.
So I've been playing with swatches.
Speed swatch for color.
Opposing value sequences.
Clearly I've got a ways to go, but I'm loving these! (This process is what I teach in my 3-day Design Your Own Fair Isle Class, by the way. When I talk about a step-by-step method for designing, I'm not talking theory!)
Another way that the remodel is opening some creative doors--here's the before and after of my desk area.
Let's be real: Although I adore minimalism, I'm a pattern-on-pattern gal, and when the house gets back to normal I doubt I'll keep this up, but for the time being it is fun to pare stuff down to the basics.
What's hanging on the wall? My weekly planner and sketches of the new sweaters I'm working on for the book.
Why, yes! Thank you for asking! I'm committed to writing a book about designing complex stranded garments, based on the workshops I teach. I am totally excited about this--and I'm counting on your support (and nagging) to keep me on track.
Another way I would like your support: I will be including photographs of student work. If you have designed a garment (sweater, hat, mitts....) based on the color and design workshops and would like to be included in the book, please let me know! The book I envision will take a long time to bring to completion, so if you are not quite done with your garment you've got a few months..... Now it's my turn to nag you!
More later, alligator....