Sunday, April 6, 2014

Art: "This is how I see it."

When I was growing up, my brother Nathan was the family artist.  (If anything, I was the family talker.)  Flowers, frilly dresses, all pretty things delighted me.  Crayons and paints were among my favorite toys....but I was not the family artist.  Sometimes I asked to color the pictures Nate drew, but he wouldn't let me defile his pencil drawings for fear I'd obliterate his art.  So I stuck with the coloring books.....
Eventually I was taught all sorts of needle arts - embroidery of various kinds, sewing, as well as knitting and crocheting.  Thread began to replace crayons as I found I could make useful things to give as gifts or sell at the bazar to benefit the volunteer fire house..... but this was never seen as art.

But NOW!  Now, at last, my work is recognized as art!  The designs that take their shapes on my graph paper and then in knitted garments are expressions of my appreciation for the fascinating world around me.  Sometimes its nature, but also, often man-made beautiful creations draw my attention.
Supreme Court Tam 

My knitted designs show you, "this is how I see it."  That's art. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hats for Sale!

Lupine Meadow Tam
We are working on making labels for the finished wool hats we have for sale.  How incredibly complicated can a little label be!?  We are told people like information, and we're happy to share it with them.... but how much info can be expected to be on a garment tag?  A logo, care instructions, individual design inspiration and my biography... the price for the hat, the fact that our business qualifies for the "Maine Made" logo, room to punch a hole... wow!  It all adds up.  But soon, very soon, with all Stan's computer expertise and patience and my fussy critique, we will have labels to put on the hats that go into shops for sale.  If you visit Maine, look for Mrs Knitter Designs hand-knit hats in gift and artisan shops along the coast.  For more specific details on which shops, visit  Mrs Knitter Designs.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

February Cheer

There's a lovey-dovey hat coming!  

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Designing again

Next goal..... Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival!
I have several hat designs in my head, some partially on paper, or even charted in the computer program.  Now I'm getting at knitting them and preparing my part of the patterns so that "Mr" aka Stan can do his magic and make the patterns all pretty.  He also winds down the yarns to make the kits.  It all takes a lot of time, so I 'd better "get a wiggle on" as my Mom used to say!
Some of the ideas I'm working on: Lupines, Valentine's/Magenta Magpies/Love Birds, Falcons, Crabs, Loons, Buffalo Plaid..... Which ones will actually come to reality?!

Friday, September 20, 2013

October Traditions Tam

The pattern design that has been most popular this fall is my new "October Traditions."  We made up kits using the JaggerSpun colors I designed it in originally....
October Traditions Tam in JaggerSpun as in our kits

and then I began trying some Cascade 220 fingering  colors that I bought at Over the Rainbow Yarn in Rockland, Maine.  Since I bought a full skein each of 8 different colors, I could knit several hats, rearranging the colors any way I liked.  
October Traditions tam in Cascade 220 fingering
 Aren't they pretty!?  I think the mostly-rust one in the center is my favorite.  In the JaggerSpun, I really counted on their mustardy color called "Curry".  They have no good orange.  Cascade, on the other hand, had a good orange, but nothing like Curry.








Another autumn hat I enjoy knitting was originally designed in spring/summer colors.   It takes on a whole new look in autumn...
Trees in JaggerSpun
I really like the new look, and am going to use some Cascade to do it again.  

Monday, July 15, 2013

Random, Washable, One-of-a-kind hats

Norwegian Star
Pink Star


Burgundy Swirls tam

Burgundy Swirls tam
 I've been knitting away, enjoying the experience and letting the yarn tell me what it wants to be!  Self-striping sock yarn creates such lovely kaleidoscopes!
Swirls Flower slouch hat

Swirls Flower slouch hat

Swirls stocking cap


Swirls stocking cap

Want one?  Message me, as they are for sale!
Rainbow Slouch hat
Rainbow slouch hat

Monday, April 22, 2013

Rejoicing!

We will be busy this summer!  We are working now to fill an order for kits to be sold through The Mannings at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival next month.  Then we must also get kits made up to sell at the Boothbay Harbor Artisans co-op and the Lupine Cottage this summer.  Busy, busy, busy!!
We are putting our patterns up for sale on Ravlery, (go to Ravelry if you're a member) but if you want to make them using the same yarn and colors that I favor - buy a kit!  It's much better!