I was thinking about this while drafting a Tangle based on a building I spotted in Boston last week. It was a modern enough skyscraper type building, but one section had windows shaped like—to me—medieval altar triptychs. It was subtle, but it introduced a different pattern and that difference drew my eye. I took a picture.
If you were to browse through my vacation photos—OMG, why would you?—you’d see that I take more pictures of buildings than I do of people. (What does that say about me?)
It started on my first trip to England in 1976. Standing on a platform over a Roman mosaic in Fishburne, I announced, “I can quilt that,” and started snapping pictures. A few years later I looked at a tall building in a distant city and said, “I can knit that.” Think intarsia.
I think it’s the patterns within that I see. The repetition of squares or curves or lines draws my eye. Then the “maker” in me starts to construct. Clearly this is why I love Zentangles.
This is how I design and make sweaters. I CONSTRUCT them. I knit them in pieces; I like to look at the shape of each piece and see how they fit together. Putting these flat pieces on a round body still fascinates me. I also like that pieces allow me to make changes (huge ones, sometimes) when I get a better idea while in process. Options, you gotta love options.
I’m very comfortable when I think about constructing the shoulders or the neckline, etc. To think about the entire sweater all the time is simply too daunting. But to build it one piece at a time is manageable. Small goals, better focus, more rewards. This process applies to whatever I make, no matter who the designer is. Maybe this is why I can easily think about and attempt to change someone else’s design to suit me—V-necks, longer “short” sleeves, waist shaping.
Give this a try. Just like doing the Red section of a cross stitch pattern, break something down into pieces or forms or sections–Even if you do it just mentally. Does it change your view?
Sorry if this is too philosophical. I could have written about this new economic theory I am formulating based on absolutely no knowledge of economics—just human nature. Hmmmm.
Led me to this design–
Even bought the yarn in Denmark. Later I sewed Krone to the top. If you don’t want you coins used in design work, don’t put a hole in the middle of them.