Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sweater update and "Knitting Architecture"

Sometimes, knitting is like pulling teeth. Nothing works. You start, you stop, it sucks. You can't get the stitch pattern right or the stockinette puts you to sleep or you knit the first sock and decide there's no possible way you can ever make the second. You're just stuck.

But other times, it's all easy. It's a happy dog on a sunny afternoon getting a belly rub. The knitting floats on a breeze, skis smoothly downhill, and flows like a river. Ahhhhh.

I'm fortunate; my current sweater adventure is turning out to be a joyous experience. Here's the latest picture of the back of my Memories from Maine cardigan aka the Cape Cod Cardigan from Marilyn King. 

How much fun! It's a complicated sweater made easy. The top-down construction, which starts with a little rectangle saddle shoulder, blooms quickly into an entirely cabled cardigan. I will blog more about the construction in a future post; I want to get the sleeves done first.

Meanwhile, I've got a stack of new knitting books on my desk to tell you about. Today's offering: Knitting Architecture - 20 Patterns Exploring Form, Function, and Detail by Tanis Gray. In this book, the author uses the architectural design principle of "form follows function" to create beautifully knitted garments and accessories. My favorite: the King's College Pullover which, as Tanis says, evokes "the vaults, buttresses, and ancient archways of Gothic buildings... this structured pullover by Mari Muinonen is wearable architecture." You'll be delighted to know that this design comes in sizes up to 60-3/4 inches.

One nice graphic design touch: Tanis provides companion photographs that show the inspiration for the design. This is not the photo from the book, but it will give you a sense of what I'm talking about. Interesting, isn't it?

Besides sweaters, Knitting Architecture offers mittens, skirts, socks, and shawls, including this stunning Hotel Tassel Wrap by Asa Tricosa. I love the mesh design element and the sophisticated, sleek art nouveau feel. This shawl's inspiration comes from the Belgian Hotel Tassel, designed by architect Victor Horta. Again, I love seeing the inspiration behind the design.

Sigh. Time to get back to work. But tonight, I'm back to sublime knitting. I wish you an entire lifetime of sublime knitting.


  1. Anonymous said...

    It is breezing right along! Makes a big difference when it is an enjoyable project. I love the color you chose. I will stay tuned for the follow up on the construction.
    The doggie photos are cute. BUT...I miss those update snapshots of Moose posing (lounging) alongside your projects!
    Love the King's College Pullover..not for me, but just in appreciation of the artist's ability to take her inspiration from architecture, etc. To me designers with that eye and talent are real 'designers' and gifted ones no doubt!

  2. So excited to find your blog! The patterns you choose are gorgeous as is the yarn. Your skill amazes me. I also love the way you talk about your husband. So rare these days!!!