Welcome to the first of a regular feature on the knits, patterns, people and movements that are currently inspiring us- we hope you find things here that make you smile…
1. The launch of Australian knitwear icon Jenny Kee’s beautiful new website, which highlights Kee’s work over the past 40 years. Known for her incredible use of colour and pattern on many different media, including fabric, machine and hand knits and tapestry, Kee now uses large silk scarves as her canvas to produce work as vibrant as ever.
2. The ‘Follow Your Arrow Shawl’ knit-a-long currently happening over on Ravelry, a choose-your-own-adventure-style project: sign up and each week you’ll receive a clue with two sets of knitting instructions. Because both options lead on from previous clues, you can choose either one, resulting in 32 possible outcomes!
3. The Scottish initiative, Make Works, that supports making and manufacturing in Scotland by creating connections between designers and manufacturers of all kinds, including those who work with yarn and textiles. It would be great to see this happen in Australia in order to support our almost-extinct yarn manufacturing industry- the fact that the team travels Scotland in a tartan combie just adds to the appeal of the job.
4. The versatility and DIY approach of knit designer Carrie Bostick-Hoge’s recent pattern, Uniform Cardigan. On the surface, this is a simple pattern for a 10-ply cardigan but start reading and you’ll see that it allows you to mix and match the sleeve, body, pocket and neck elements- it’s essentially a practical lesson on how to recreate a favourite cardigan.
We’d love to hear what’s inspiring you… in the meantime, we hope you have a happy weekend!