I am so honored to be the first stop on Talitha Kuomi’s Artistic Differences Tour. I’ve been intrigued by Tal’s designs ever since she provided us with our first Mystery KAL. Remember the Quench bag? Then, I LOVED watching her videos when she was a contestant on the Fiber Factor. “I am the troll under the bridge of my children’s lives…” – priceless! So when she started dropping hints on her website that she was working on something with Classic Elite Yarns, I could hardly wait.
Artistic Differences is a collection of 10 projects, each presented twice with subtle adaptations to encourage the knitter to customize the piece to their own personal style. Take a look. There is a pair of “boot” socks with a simple detail that makes my heart sing and a bag that makes me want to start making bags again and a cowl that just lays perfectly. I could go on and on, but this will be the last time I’m invited to do a blog tour if I don’t get to the featured pattern pretty soon.
Blog Tour – Day 1: Terva
Terva is the light and lacy pullover that everyone wants in their wardrobe for Spring and Summer. Knit a little longer, over a tank, with some wide leg linen pants…. The “rocker” style is worn with 6″ of ease; the “boho” style is more form fitting.
Now, you’ve probably heard that I struggle with lace, so I’m especially grateful for all the ways that Tal has made this manageable for a non-lace knitter like me.
- She starts with ribbing. It is going to be a breeze to make those (most visible) seams at the top of the arm look professionally done. You could even do a provisional cast on and a three needle bind off later.
- There is no shaping. The sweater is knit in two pieces: the back with the back halves of the sleeves and the front with the front halves of the sleeves . So once I get the lace pattern in my head, there will be no need to adjust.
- It is top down. I can block as I go. Whether I decide on waist length or tunic, it will be exactly as long as I want it.
What fascinates me about Tal’s designs is the thought behind them. There is always a story that she is willing to share. So I asked Tal what inspired this piece. This is what she said:
most of the places i’ve played are urban where the rocker chic in me thrives but, one of my favorite places to sing with a guitar is a campfire, preferably by a lake to feed my boho side.
as i swatched for ‘terva’, the way the wide ribbing came together at the shoulders and down the top of both sleeves looked to me like rocks laid neatly side by side. do you see it? the way the first few rows of lace nip the ribbing in a little, making the rounded edges of what i see as stones?
after that happened, i worked to create a lace that would give the rippled effect that you get when you look through the heated air near a campfire. it’s not smoke, as you can see right through, but the overly heated air distorts the picture somehow. almost like little waves.
so, to me this pullover is the stones of a campfire circle and the rippled warmth of the fire. that’s a scene i’d love to be carrying in my head as i navigated the brightly lit stage of an urban club.
And now, I’ll be carrying that image as I knit this sweater.
Discount and Giveaway
Today only, Terva is 10% off on Ravelry (no code necessary).
Tomorrow, check out Slate Falls Press for the next stop on the blog tour.
Classic Elite is giving away a free pattern to one lucky winner per blog. Just leave a comment below telling me which is your favorite design from the Artistic Differences collection.
* all photographs are courtesy of Classic Elite Yarns