I was first introduced to scrumbling in 2003, by the ever-so intriguing, Prudence Mapstone. Immediately, I realized crochet needed to become part of my repertoire of stitches. Further investigation uncovered The Crochet Workbook by Sylvia Cosh and James Walters, well-known crochet designers opened my worldview to Freeform. From NSW, Australia, Jenny Dowde also explores color, texture and freeform with her scrumbling, Freeform Knitting and Crochet along with FREEformations include many projects, I look forward to exploring.
Scrumbling/freeform swatches provide an opportunity for experimentation with different color and stitch combinations. The “no rules” policy of freeform liberates the fiber artist from the “usual” to the “spontaneous.” Combining the culture of knitting and crochet exposes an abundance of shape and texture.
I’ve also added dorset buttons to the mix…the purse form from Japan may be purchased at Lacis Museum and Textiles http://www.lacismuseum.org/ in Berkeley, CA. Crochet popcorns and bullion stitch are my next stitch challenges. I’m digging through my stash for different textures of yarn for a variety of visual interest.
Look what happened…
I began each square with a new skein of yarn, casting on after finding the same color repeat in different places within the skein. Remember, my intention was not to seek perfection or precision. (See previous blog posts)
After playing around with the blocks, and the inspiration of Nicky Epstein’s, Block by Block, four blocks were joined. Below, are two ways the blocks may be worn.
“I’m hooked.” I gravitate toward patterns creating design, stitches manipulating tension and the unpredictability of motifs determined by the placement color. I am determined to manipulate yarn with a reasonable amount of preparation and a minimal amount of blood, sweat and tears. So with that being said, I purchased four more skeins of Craftsmart yarn in Color #15 Sangria.
Purl stitches change the tension of the piece, commonly referred to “uneven tension” in the knitting world. The random puckering of the surface adds visual interest to the piece, an uneveness, “topography on purpose.” I plan on knitting four squares, joining each square into a garment displaying a topographical relief of peaks and valleys.
In the past, I usually feel a bit melancholy when December 31st rolls around. The thought of one year gone brings me closer to the inevitable, and you all know what I’m talking about. Perhaps feeling a bit morose has to do with the “let down” from the adrenaline rush associated with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, excitement, food and socializing. The “coming down” from the adrenaline high coincides with December 31st. When the clock strikes twelve…
Instead of losing time, I am gaining months, days and years of dreaming, experimentation, exploration, and an opportunity to create, love and laugh.
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
HAPPY NEW YEAR from knitorious
In 1953, Ottavio and Rosita Missoni founded a fashion house based in Venice. Missoni’s designs are highlighted by the use of stripes, geometrics and abstract florals. The use of bold geometrics are also present in woven Navajo blankets, especially the zig zag. I wonder if the bold geometric designs of Navajo blankets influenced their designs? Or perhaps the visual art style of Art Deco, which first appeared in France during the 1920s.
During the 1970s, rectilinear symmetricality of the zig zag/chevron pattern defined Missoni knitwear, and at the same time Wrigley gum wrappers were folded and constructed to create individual chevron links to form a gum wrapper chain.
Actually, I went looking for gum wrappers in the vintage size pictured in the image on the right, and could not find them. I did find a site that uses wrapping paper instead. If you’re so inclined take a look at the following site. ttp://weefolkart.com/?q=node/308
This brings me to the reason for this post…I am attracted to the symmetricality and linear qualities of the Missoni-esque style and contemplate why? Perhaps it’s because I spent many hours folding gum wrappers. Today, I use yarn and knitting needles to make tangible my creative ideas.
Here’s the latest on freeform buttony.
While teaching myself crochet, the discovery of Irish and Russian crochet has sparked my interest. The curvilinear shapes of both are quite fascinating and would definitely compliment freeform buttony. So many possibilities…
My love affair with Noro began in the late 1980s. The first time I held a skein of Eisaku Noro’s Kureyon, my eyes were opened to his “world of nature.” An undefinable palatte of unlikely color combinations speaks to his philosophy about the purity and preservation of nature A recent article written by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton in the premiere issue of NORO Knitting Magazine published by SoHo Publishing Company mentions, “by specially adapting industrial carding and spinning machines, Noro was able to produce yarns that were totally unique and that put much less strain on the environment than usual in the industry.” “The yarns were very colorful and ahead of their time, and they were not easy to sell. They were deemed by many as unsellable.”
I’ve been organizing my yarn and recently discovered some vintage Noro. It’s interesting to reflect on the generations of this fantastic yarn. Recently, searching through a basket of Noro’s Hitsuji at my lys, I discovered buried treasure…the first color of Hitsuji from Lot. No. A.
I recently completed a sweater designed by Jenny Watson, Noro NOW!, design 3, using Noro’s Hitsuji, Col. No. 7, Lot No. A. I am also eagerly working on a project with Noro’s Silk Garden.