To Do List
Sunrise Circle is a jacket that I want to create a version of – just because it is a circle – something quite different to my own pieces.
The pattern can be found on this link and it really is the jacket you will want to wear with jeans, to the office and even for a night out. Two half circles overlap to form a neatly fitted cardigan with tapered sleeves. The sweater begins at the wrist and is worked up to the armhole then out across the front where strategically placed increases create a rounded edge. The curved edge is hemmed for a tailored finish. The back’s gentle darts add flattering waist shaping. The cardigan closes with simple toggle buttons.
I created the original post in June 2011 – so that I will be reminded to consider a circular jacket at some time. It has been sitting in my draft list for very nearly a year. Time to say it will be on my to do list along with steeks courtesy of Christel Seyfarth
There is a project that makes my mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft that will be required to create it?
You already know that generally I do not knit fair isle. I have created a sweet little pinafore with a row of hearts – which were created with yarns stranded across the back – a very simple Fair Isle. My boats on little boys sweaters were done with intarsia. When I had a knitting machine eons ago – I did manage to create pieces with Fair isle designs.
You also know that I attended a workshop in Amsterdam with Danish knit designer and artist Christel Seyfarth
Christel lives and works on the Danish island of Fano. The changing tides, the special light and the sky are all important source of inspiration for her special and unique knit designs. She is fascinated by traditional clothes and takes the old patterns and designs and translates them into modern creations and her creations are in Fair Isle. She showed us at that workshop in Amsterdam that although it looks complex it is in fact simple fair isle. Her work is amazing in its construction, colour use and the finishing is just superb.
I was gobsmacked on that day and I still think of it with a great deal of pleasure – for all sorts of reasons. We both love the sea and light, our environments, colours, and yarns. There is pleasure in all of those things – but I simply cannot imagine myself with the skills and patience and the dedication to create one of her truely amazing pieces and I am terrified of steeks. Piffle you say! No it is not piffle.
It is not the Fair Isle, that seems to be as easy as Christel has said. It is not the colour – I am in love with colour. The pieces are made in rectangles and triangles – easy. It is the techniques including the steeks, and the dramatic finishing of each piece.
Do I have the patience, the skills, the confidence? I don’t actually know.
So my challenge is to knit a piece designed by Christel Seyfarth. On my “to do” list for me, that is the finished piece which will be created by me will also be for me. It will have to wait until we have settled back in New Zealand. So the winter of 2012 on New Zealand – that will be July to September 2012 – my big project will be a Christel Seyfarth design. It will include steeks – which as I have said already, quite frankly terrify me.
I am no longer going to be a scaredy cat regarding steeks. So there.
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