Fact Vs. Fiction - Or, The Skyline Totes Have Arrived!

If I could summarize the design process sometimes, that's how I'd do it: Fact vs. Fiction.  What you THINK something will look like is not always what it ACTUALLY looks like. 

Colors and textures collide in one melody in your head . . . and then emerge our of the knitting machine either as a 1) jangled mess, 2)  close approximation, or 3) much better than you imagined.  Much of life is this way, no?  So it's not just limited to the design process.  Anyway - I digress. 

I dearly love these Skyline totes.  The Fact was even better than the imagined Fiction in my head!

You be the judge:  do these work? 

Pattern Language - Why Not Something Curvy?

I'm in the midst of developing a new pattern, which is (usually) an involved process.  First the inspiration, translated into black & white and/or a sketch.  Then the sketch is shifted on to graph paper.  Then the graphed design is inked on to a punchcard and eventually punched.  Then a tester is knit on the actual knitting machine.  I'm not yet satisfied with this pattern, but there is progress . . .

4 Friday Favorites

Señorita Beige and Mr. Grey are not invited into the studio today . . .

(Left to Right) All ready for the Mill No. 5 show next weekend!   |     1970s Art of Sewing books.  Best. Gift. Ever.    |    A favorite treasure from my son's pre-school days.    |    Because why not add color to the linings, too???