I want to take you on a journey with me: from start to finish through the process of creating a knitwear pattern collection.
The journey starts with inspiration and I have been obsessed with this theme for a while now. I want to focus on the natural surroundings of East Anglia, the countryside I grew up in and the place where I still live. This is a topic that makes my heart sing and what better place to start from than that?
So the journey starts in Suffolk, farming country.
From the moment I was told, in a Geography lesson aged 11, that Suffolk had an undulating landscape, I adored the word. Say it. Undulating. It is almost onomatopoeic in the way the word flows around yourself making your tongue form the gentle hills and valleys that it describes.
This gentle rolling landscape is what I think of first when I think of home and is the jumping off point for my inspiration.
This will be my first full collection and my first knitwear collection. I have made a four piece crochet collection for Malabrigo with the inspiration, provided by them, of Space. I also curated the collections for The Crochet Project.
To create a collection I begin by collecting images together to inspire my designs. My Dad, is a fantastic photographer and has taken lots of beautiful pictures of East Anglia. He was kind enough to allow me to share these with you here.
Many of these images are of places I have been visiting since I was my son’s age or younger. They hold wonderful memories for me. I am so excited to be using these as inspiration. I just hope I can do their beauty justice.
What inspires you?
Do you like knitwear inspired by a story or is function enough?
This post is a slight detour from the Things I didn’t Know Tuesdays theme. Find out more here