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Friday, September 2, 2005

Knit1 YO K1: the Worry Beads of a Troubled Mind…


It Grows! It actually LOOKs like a shawl! I am amazed and humbled. I had not the faith to think it actually, by my hand, could.

All I had was time; lots of time with nothing but the temptation to immerse myself in the negative so instead I kept my head down.

And I kept my hands busy.

The Worry Beads, they tumble…

With most of the projects I’ve worked on in the last couple of years, I do a parallel color study. This shawl was the actual result of me looking at a favorite orange chair in my living room that had a
blue patterned pillow on it.


It seemed, once that color pair was in my brain, I started to see it everywhere, in and out of my house.

As the shawl started to grow, once I added the Orange to the Blue, the drama jumped; it was reminiscent of something else I was very, very fond of: Oriental Fabrics and Tapestries.

The piece below, a Chinese embroided Court Robe, (from the galleries of Marla Mallett Textiles), has been my touchstone while I continue to knit the Flower Basket…

used with permission

8 responses to “Friday, September 2, 2005”

  1. erin says:

    Just love the way you personalise your knitting. It’s always such a pleasure watching your knits come to life, so thanks for the fun and the inspiration!

  2. Clarise says:

    I just love how you relate you knitting colors and textures to whatever inspires you. I bet you loved the Victoria and Albert Textile Museum in London. I stared at tapestries and carpets and fabrics for hours…mind swirling with endless color combos. Thanks for sharing your process! Great looking shawl.

  3. margene says:

    Thank you Bonne Marie. I love the term you use…Knitting is like worry beads. That says it all.
    FBS is beautiful!

  4. Louisa says:

    The colours you are rhapsodising about are indigo and madder which originally are traditional natural dyes that somehow go together superbly! One of the old recipes for indigo used madder to help with the fermentation (eeded to make indigo into dye and accentuating colour.

  5. Michelle says:

    Beautiful!! I actually painted a bathroom in those two colors once…it was glorious. I didn’t realize how many other places the two can be found together. The shawl is amazing.

  6. Jessamyn says:

    Of course there’s the Chicago Bears uniforms and merchandise all over that windy city of your. Not to mention the Fighting Illini….

  7. Bonne Marie says:

    Oui! Oui! Samurais of another kind :)

  8. Regan says:

    Wow. I think that gold-orange and light blue in the the Court Robe is my new favorite color combination. I’m trying to think of ways I can wear it! Thanks for the inspiration.

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