A creative Brit living in Colorado, I've been knitting since 7 years old. My big hobbies are landscape and skyscape photography, acrylic and oil painting. My latest knitting designs are "Western ...
A creative Brit living in Colorado, I've been knitting since 7 years old. My big hobbies are landscape and skyscape photography, acrylic and oil painting. My latest knitting designs are "Western Fiberscapes" where I take my design influence from the photographs I take and other's I admire and turn them into fiberscapes. Knitting, is very therapeutic to me, it slows me down and centers me. I started creating my own patterns in 2011, just, well because and was amazed they sold on etsy. It was just a fun little hobby that earned me some holiday and yarn money that year. But, I got hooked (no pun intended!) and really love the creative process, combining stitches for textures along with combined with the math calulation.
Sometimes I find an interesting stitch technique and fabric and imagine a design in it. Sometimes it takes many weeks and trial and errors to work something out. I can't tell you how many times I start, get 1/2 way and then pull it out and start again!
As of fall 2015, I'm becoming more focused on the artistic side of knitting. I've been studying mosaic knitting, which I love and playing with blending color - as with Canyonlands. "Navaho Sunsets" has a mix of mosaic and blending colors, while "Eagle Mountain" was inspired by the bald eagles soaring on the thermals above the mountain and canyon behind my house in the foothills of Colorado and Native American art and symbols..
I'm always willing to help my customers with any questions and welcome feedback to improve or add patterns that customers suggest.
This is a real stash buster! Knit this essential colorful chevron mesh beach bag in time for spring break or your anytime break to somewhere warm and tropical. This will fit everything but the kitchen sink in it. Or, brighten up a cold, dreary day and be eco-friendly by doing the grocery shopping with it.
I was actually inspired by the beautiful mountains of Colorado where I am fortunate to live and see daily. I wanted to do chevrons to represent the mountain peaks and started off with those essential Colorado colors - orange and blue sunsets, purple and indigo blue mountain hues, the bright sunshine and of course the snowy white peaks. But then I just put a bit of hot green in there to make it pop - just because.
It has a round bottom - so you'll start off at the bottom middle and increase the rounds to form the base.
I also recommend, if you want to - line it with a clear vinyl fabric - you can buy one for $7.00 from my blog at Hand Knit Artisans or make one. Instructions will be there at my blog soon.
The pattern calls for cotton yarn - I like the less stretchy and utilitarian properties - but you can use acrylic worsted yarns too, but do expect more stretch and give.
Gauge is not really important.
380 yards of Worsted weight