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Friday Inspiration. Knitting in Art.

Knitting Blog Inspiration

THE STORM
Photo www.danielaedburg.com

Artist and photographer Daniela Edburg is famous for her unique and often contradictory work. Daniela has a degree in visual arts and her work has been exhibited all over the world. Daniela works on the edge, some of her works are really exaggerated and shocking.

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PICNIC
Photo www.danielaedburg.com

Daniela creates  “fictional scenarios that are extreme to the point where they become contradictory.”

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THE BRIDE
Photo www.danielaedburg.com

In recent years Daniela started to use knitting and crochet in her art installations. She sees it as “a simple form of handmade fiction”.

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THE FISHERMAN
Photo www.danielaedburg.com

Daniela’s work “analyzes certain aspects that define our human nature, particularly the artificial world we inhabit and the nonsense that it generates.”

You can see more of Daniela Edburg’s work on her website www.danielaedburg.com

Have a nice crafty weekend!

By | 2016-04-10T09:04:57+00:00 November 28th, 2014|Knitting Inspiration|2 Comments

Gratitude

It’s Thanksgiving day! A day of gratitude. Ability to be grateful is the ability to be happy…

Once I came across an exercise of happiness: start every single day with writing down 3 new things that you are grateful for in your life. If you do it consistently, you’ll soon run out of all the big things and you start to recognize these simple little things that are usually taken for granted.

We have a very sweet gratitude activity in our Montessori classroom. Children learn to appreciate their hands. We use our hands every single day, mechanically, automatically, without being aware how precious they are. “The development of the hand goes side by side with the development of the intelligence………The hand is the organ of that immense treasure given to a man.” (Maria Montessori, Absorbent Mind).

During this activity children draw the outline of their hands and write things that they are able to perform thanks to their hands. Try to do it – you’ll find countless small and big things that you are grateful for.

I’ve “drawn” mine with yarn.

Knitting Blog Yarn Outline Knitting Blog Yarn Outline Happy Thanksgiving!

By | 2014-11-27T16:52:51+00:00 November 27th, 2014|Simple little things|0 Comments

Modification Monday at Knitted Bliss

Today my Textured Jacket went for a visit to Julie, from Knitted BlissKnitting Textured Cardigan

Julie’s blog is full of cozy knits, beautiful pictures and tempting recipes (which I guess I will never master – I am a terrible cook). I feel so thrilled to be a part of it. Thank you, Julie, for having me!

As for the jacket it’s been living quiet a busy life down here. The knitwear weather is officially here, so I am wearing the jacket almost every day. I get a whole lot of have-you-really-made-it-s. I am trying my best to convert non-knitters into knitters by it’s-not-that-hard-when-you-get-to-it-s. If crochet is pretty popular in my town, knitting, for some reason, is almost completely abandoned. Personally I don’t know a single hand knitter around here. I am so happy to stay in touch with the knitting/crochet /all-kinds-of-crafts community from all around the world on my blog. Thank you for being with me! It means a lot.

 

By | 2015-07-21T10:35:31+00:00 November 24th, 2014|Knitting|2 Comments

Knitted Striped Marine Dress

Good morning!

machine knitting dress

Dresses… Knitted or crochet, I just love making and wearing them.

machine knitting dress

Usually I come up with the ideas only after making several swatches, figuring out what I can do with the yarn. But this dress has been in my mind for ages. I knew I wanted a simple striped dress of classic silhouette.

machine knitting dress

This dress has been in WIPs for 4 months. I didn’t want to hurry, I wanted to do everything properly. I took my time preparing a swatch, doing all the numbers and choosing colors.

Machine Knitting Dress

I just can’t tell you how comfortable it is. The cotton is so cozy and incredibly soft. A delight to wear.

machine knitting dress

The dress was knit on Silver Reed LK 150 knitting machine. Stitch dial – 4.

The dress features a basic reverse stockinette stitch. I love how white is mixing in with grey.

machine knitting dress

Straight below the knee skirt

Machine Knitting Dress

The neckline is trimmed with double crochet.

machine knitting dress

 

Machine Knitting Dress

The armhole openings are trimmed with single crochet.

Machine Knitting Dress

Machine Knitting Dress

The hem facing.

Machine Knitting DressThese pictures were taken by my very talented friend, Elena Letitskaya, at one of the most beautiful places here – a local marina. I just love this place, which is so peaceful and quiet in the morning…

Machine Knitting Dress

It was such a beautiful morning. The air was fresh, even chilly. Knitwear weather.

Feeling grateful…

Machine Knitting Dress

Happy Sunday!

By | 2015-11-25T10:08:21+00:00 November 23rd, 2014|Finished Objects, Machine Knitting|12 Comments

Friday Inspiration. Wedding Dress.

Knitwear haute couture. 

Knitwear Wedding Dress

jemmasykes.co.uk

Wedding dress by knitted textile designer Jemma Sykes. A jewel in Jemma’s knitwear collections.

Knitwear Wedding Dress

jemmasykes.co.uk

Very dramatic.

Knitwear Wedding Dress

jemmasykes.co.uk

The dress is absolutely gorgeous.  I just wonder how heavy it is…  You really need to love knitwear to put on the equivalent of all the stash that you have in your house on your very special day. Would you dare?!

Knitwear Wedding Dress

jemmasykes.co.uk

Jemma lives and works in London, but travels extensively with her lectures on knitwear design. She uses both hand knitting and machine knitting techniques in her collections.  “Her diverse portfolio is fueled by the possibilities of the knitted stitch and aims to challenge the preconceived ideas of the craft to hopefully inspire.” 

You can look up more of Jemma’s designs on her website.

Have a nice crafty weekend!

By | 2016-04-10T09:05:25+00:00 November 21st, 2014|Knitting Inspiration|1 Comment

Crochet Vest #tbt

One more old crochet finished object.

Crochet vest

It’s a heavily modified version of a crochet top seen in one of the old French magazines. I made it slightly oversized.

crochet vest

 

It was a very fast project. But it took quiet some time to hide all these colorful yarn threads. It was the first time I worked with such strong colors. Though I tend to choose much more subtle shades in knitwear, I decided to experiment a little bit.

I especially like the back neck of this pattern – the structure of the crochet stitch forms wavelike neckline.

Crochet vest

These bright colors will always play the main role in the outfit, so the white “background” works the best.

Crochet vest

 

By | 2015-08-29T12:31:38+00:00 November 20th, 2014|Crochet, Finished Objects|2 Comments
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