Since I’m finishing up my latest pattern I thought it would be cool to go through my design process. I think without even realizing it, we’re constantly consuming media all day. While there are definitely terrifying things about that aspect of our culture, I’m going to try and focus on the positives of this. As a visual, and an observant person I choose to see the inundation of information as a constant source of inspiration for my practice. Whether I’m scrolling through Instagram, falling into the black hole that is Pinterest, or selling my soul to Netflix I’m constantly taking in visual information and therefore collecting a vast bank of inspiration.

The ah-ha moment for the pattern I’m working on now came about while I was test knitting a sock pattern for another designer. I was casually knitting in front of the tv, watching Vikings on the History Channel (Such a soap opera, but full of incredible textiles). I kept seeing this woven screen in the background of one of the sets and every time it caught my interest.

Vikings-woven screen
It’s very possible I’m not just into this show for the textiles…

At first I was thinking about a weaving project and doodled it a few different ways in my sketchbook.

I ended up finishing the socks I was working on and needed to find another project for myself to knit. After doodling it a few more times I started playing with it in my knitting software and the pattern was born. Two weeks and a computer crash later I’m about to write up this pattern and find some test knitters.

Here are some in-progress shots I’ve posted on Instagram. Follow me there and be the first to get pattern information, more #wip updates, and cute cat pictures.


Here goes nothing…

After having my entire life flash before my eyes two weeks ago (don’t worry it was just my computer taking a giant shit – but it’s fixed now!) I made the decision to finally, actually, really start blogging. Over the years I’ve left a trail of abandoned blogs scattered throughout the internet but third (fourth? fifth? twelfth?) times the charm, right?

At this point my brain wants to work on so many projects and do so many things that I can’t even pick something to focus on. Should I knit like crazy? Should I make a million quilts? Should I pick all the black walnuts on my driveway and dye everything brown? Should I start playing Skyrim? Hopefully I’ll be able to harness some of this mental energy and get something done.

Follow along with me and maybe see some insider information on my design process, maybe learn how to do some cool things, maybe even get really excited about the history of textiles. Who knows? I can guarantee cat pictures though.