Episode 29 of the podcast is now live.
As always, you can find me on Instagram at Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet for my general making antics. I’ve also uploaded a short video to accompany this podcast on YouTube. (Apologies if YouTube prefaces it with adverts. I have no means of overriding these.)
An unexpected, prosaic project
Much of my making energy in recent weeks has been spent on an unexpected garden project: re-decking the “Pit” and “Tattie Alley” in our garden. Although distinctly unglamorous, it’s still making and provided much food for thought about materials, waste, plans, risk and technology.
Pattern or blueprint?
After a swatch for a self-designed cardigan lied, I repurposed the wool, some discontinued PIP Naturals from Baa Ram Ewe, on a new cast-on. As winter is fast approaching, I opted for a less risky approach to this knit: I used Kate Davies’ Yorlin Cardigan as a starting point.
I talk through the various steps I go through when using a well-designed, well-drafted pattern as a blueprint. From how I calculate and tweak the number of stitches to how I go about incorporating different aesthetic details, like using an upward “Drooping” Elm Leaf stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns instead of the original lace motif.
I also mull over some of the take-aways from using a pattern as a blueprint to develop a knit truly tailored to our tastes and requirements. Not just some of the skills and insights but also a greater appreciation of our own time as well as that of the designer.
Embellishment or a functional choice?
After one of my two nightdresses perished, I pulled together a quick replacement using some spare cotton jersey from my sewing chest, the Coco Top and Dress pattern as a block and some old-school technology, i.e. an embroidery stitch chosen for its functional qualities as well as its look.
Finally I share a new podcast that I’ve been enjoying in recent months: Ruth Singer’s Making Meaning. In this audio podcast the UK textile artist talks to fellow artists to explore their creative practice and how their mix of experiences, curiosity and material enquiry informs how they develop ideas and ultimately create work with a deeper meaning.
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Meditation Impromptu 02 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/