We photographed the Lazy Sunday cable collection in shades of grey to create a calm and simple focus on texture, on the concrete details of the knits themselves. Perhaps our pictures will inspire you to squint your eyes and your imagination, and perhaps see your own knitting just a little bit differently.
Colour can be a cacophony; it can turn up the emotional volume of a picture. It floods us with feelings that we associate with style, people, place, culture, and our own personal stories. Alexa and I, we really love colour – and we know that many of you do too!
But for Lazy Sunday, we sought to turn down the volume, to bleed out the intensely emotional specificity of colour. We took this course in order to allow some of the other, more subtle aspects, to shine. Light and shadow highlight the forms and textures of the knits. We aimed to encourage you to look at these cables a little differently, and in doing so, to see different things.
For me, this retreat from colour creates a calmness, and a slowness. Somehow it feels like I have the permission to go slowly, to focus on the way light falls over the knitted fabric, the organic pattern of a leaf’s structure, or the curl of my child’s eyelashes.
Perhaps because I’m accustomed to scrolling rapidly through images in many colours, this pulling back from colour beckons me closer. It invites me to look with more care, and lets me see the things I might have missed, if I hadn’t slowed down. It allows me to notice just a little bit more of the beauty of the world, and the beauty of our shared craft.
Little Amelia is cavorting around in a Wander Sweater – one of the simplest and most satisfying knits from this collection.
October 19, 2022 @ 11:00 am
I can’t wait to try making some of the patterns
October 6, 2022 @ 1:18 pm
I always think that portraits in black and white do the same thing. You really look right into a person’s soul when you are not distracted by the colour.
That cider sweater is gorgeous.
October 6, 2022 @ 10:55 am
Thanks! This makes it so much easier to see the pattern! I’ve done lots of cables. My problem is getting my knitted item to FIT ME. On your beginning lessons book, which I have downloaded, you say that you should have a negative ease for the first hat. That was. Wes to me and explained why my hats are sometimes too big. Before, I had always been choosing a ribbed hat pattern to get it to fit. So my question is: this hat looks like it is a ribbed hat where the ribbed section is cabled. Do I have to do a swatch if I order this hat? I KNOW, ALWAYS DO A SWATCH! But with cabled ribbing how will I know how much to stretch it? This is a beautiful hat! Thanks. Frustrated knitter.
October 9, 2022 @ 8:25 pm
Hi Nancy – For a hat like this I usually think good size swatch is ALMOST the same size as just knitting the hat, so I personally just cast on and rip out if it’s too big/small
October 6, 2022 @ 6:58 am
Beautiful!! Good move