Thursday, December 13, 2007

Craft Imitates Work

Funny how these things happen. I was thinking of knitting a mitten, and decided to choose colors I usually don't. Coming into work today, I was struck how Alison Langley's photographs have influenced my craft. Does the wavy edge not resemble the splashing seas? Do the needles not mimic the thrusting bowsprit and towering mast?

So when people take pause when I tell them my "day job", let them take a look at this symbiosis!

This sweet stitch called Fishtail is from Folk Knitting in Estonia, by Nancy Bush, one of my favorite authors, and also a great teacher, if you're every lucky enough to get the chance. I think Fishtail would make a nice sleeve cuff, or a fold up on a hat. I love the wavy bit. So many things to knit, so little time, so many crashing waves.

OK...scolling down, I see I do use these colors....why do I think I don't?... I use them when I think of my daughter Sophie's blue eyes that turn to grey.


Sassy said...

gorgeous colors!!!

kat coyle said...

great photo, it took me awhile to figure out what was going on. at first it looked like your knitting was on a big adventure.

Mary Jane said...

Ha! I laughed out loud and had to take another look kat! It does look like it's resting on the rail. I do bring my knitting along sometimes, but rarely get to knit.

j said...

I read your comment (on Kat Coyle's blog , coiled) about the photo shoot for her wavy skirt pattern. I've always loved that photo (funny how some pictures tell a story- make such an imprint on your memory). and I've always loved that trailer. thought it would be such fun to have a trailer like that. I'm sorry to read about your house fire.

your blog is wonderfully colorful and and your knitting is too- such great photography. thanks for sharing it all.

Christabel said...

That's great! Fantastic colours and I love the waves. It's funny how the subconscious works.

sophia s said...

:) thanks for thinking about mee!!!!
exams are stressing me ooouuuuuttttttt
its snowing a lot though, which makes me happy, especially when i'm walking home from the library at 2am and its all quiet and soft and i'm the only one in the street!!
i love you

Amber said...

What a great stitch pattern! And yes, I see the similarity there. Your mention of a cuff or turned up edge is just perfect for this pattern.