Long. It's usually a long, long process to design a new pattern, and this one is no exception. There were a few "problem areas" in the earlier versions that are finally resolved on this one. The biggest concern before? The "flow" on the vertical repeat was off. The curves looked too choppy and incomplete. It took time to resolve, but after some redrafting and fiddling on Excel and on a lot of graph paper, I'm now (almost) ready to punch another card and try again . . .
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 . . .
The Traditional Incan Festival of the Sun is a World-Class Textile Extravaganza
(Post from Raisa) This past June we had a chance to see the famous Incan Inti Raymi festival, or the Festival of the Sun, in Cusco, Peru.
This month-long celebration in South America is second only in size to Carnival in Brazil.
Sure, sure, it's a chance to see ancient Quechuan dances and customs, and an opportunity to honor a centuries-old culture still vibrant, strong and proud.
But my oh my, THE TEXTILES!
My favorite costumes were the full, black wool skirts with wide woven trim on the bottom edges. But the heavily embroidered mantas, or shawls, were also ludicrously lovely.
And the men's costumes were a welcome surprise. Some incorporated feathers (painted and natural) and others used straw to create huge headpieces. But my favorite involved these enormous bright red yarn loop bomb headpieces that also included matching tiered skirts.
Combine all of these costumes, exquisite textiles, pageantry and culture with the beauty of Cusco's Plaza de Armas, the Andes and the bright blue sky and it was a Visual Spectacular of a lifetime!
(The photos below are from one of the Secundaria, or high school, days of parade.)