I am finally finding time to make headway on my project for the Fiber Fusion Design class taught by Steven Berg at his StevenBe Workshop. Steven had a career in Big Fashion before becoming one of the most creative and beloved LYS owners in the country, and he is teaching us how to apply some of the approaches they took to making designer knitwear.
Basically, you work from a sewing pattern to identify basic shapes that work with your inspiration. My inspiration was the small skeins of various handspun wools I have, including some rare breeds. I thought something like this tunic would suit streaks of knitting in various colors.
We traced the rough design of the pattern pieces on tag board, I sketched in my rough plans for shaping and knitting direction, and away we went. I finished the right front back in December and today got much of the way through the left front. It goes fast at this gauge!
Lisa is taking this course with me. You can see her progress on her Ravelry page (actually, I think she is already finished – she ain’t called Turbogal for nothin’!) She and Steven want me to keep the little rubber butterflies that were part of the art yarn I’m using to liven up my natural colored handspun skeins. I want me to be able to wear this sweater in public, so I’m not sure how long they will last. For now, I guess it is kind of fun to have them hovering over the work.
Time to go hover over the pillow.