Thursday, September 15, 2011

Inspirations

September is a great month to think about inspirations -- it is, after all, when fashion magazines publish their biggest issues, with the fall lineup, and when mail-order companies start rolling out their catalogs for the holiday season. But there are inspirations for knitting and crocheting all around. A tree has trunks and branches that suddenly looked like a crochet motif, with treble stitches on the bottom half and shell stitches filling in the top. Tire tracks in the dirt where I walk reminded me of rows of different pattern stitches, running lengthwise on an afghan. And then footprints on top of the tire tracks reminded me of Irish lace, where individual motifs are joined together on a netted background.
Even in a parking lot, there are lines and shapes that might be panels or color blocks or motifs or pattern stitches. Need to make thread samples to go with these thoughts.