Hello there! Hope you’ve been having a lovely week, I have been ever-so-busy with my day job, but of course I still found time to knit! The Tuk-Tuk purses are coming along nicely! They are knitted and blocked, I’m hoping to sew them together through the week and showcase them next weekend!

Last weekend I also spent some time on my course work (for my Hand knit Textile Design course). I am using some of my photos for stripe design inspiration. I want to show you how you can choose one of your own photos to inspire you to design and create something.

I have a lovely office I create my mess in, but for this you need as much natural light as possible, so I moved into the living room.

1.An-explosion-of-coloured-yarn

This was taken a dusk so the light is beginning to fade but I have a wall of windows and a skylight in our living space, so it is perfect for choosing colours! I am one for working in a ‘little’ (some would say a lot) mess and I love having all the colours and pictures surrounding me…

2.Overflow-on-the-floor-too

The yarns were even over-flowing onto the floor!

3.Tangalle-beach-with-boat

I looked through my photos and selected which ones to inspire me. This one was taken in Nilaveli, which is in the North East of the Island, near Trincomalee, a beautiful beach. The sand was so fine it reminded me of fairy dust.

As you can see, I selected the yarns from the colours in the picture, for this one I decided to go with a simple one yarn stripe.

4.Beach-inspired-knitting-sample

And here is the finished piece!

5.Beach-inspired-knitting

I’m really happy with this design. A one stripe colour design is a lovely simple way to start out designing your own stripes from the inspiration around you.

Bamboo-on-lake-drive

The next photo I chose was of bamboo against a mottled wall, which I took along the road I live, Lake Drive.

9.Bamboo-mottled-wall

I selected the yarns and this time I wanted to try out some yarn wraps first. This is where you cut out a rectangle of cardboard – 4cm x 12cm ( 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) and start wrapping the yarn round to try out different stripe combinations and widths. (which is much quicker then trying it out by knitting!!)

10.Yarn-wrap-too-much-white

Here is my first one, but too much light yarn was my thoughts…

11.Yarn-wrap-don't-like-the-dark-green-bands

Next attempt I wasn’t keen on the dark green stripes, un-ravel, try again…

12.Yarn-wrap-getting-there

I was liking this one…

13.yarn-wrap-with-brown-added

I decided to add a little brown also to tone down the light yarn a little.

14.Bamboo-inspired-knitting-sample

Here is the finished sample, I changed the stripe layout a little whilst I was knitting as I added an extra narrow band. it was quite strange to work with such thick yarn and reminds me a little of a rug! I used a combination of moss (seed) stitch, garter and stocking for this one.

Jenolan-caves

My third photograph I choose was a picture I’d taken at Jenolan Caves in Australia, I love how they use different coloured lights to illuminate the caves.

15.Cave-lights-inspired-colour-work

I picked out the colours from the photo and started wrapping….

16.First-wrap-attemp-cave-inspired

The first wrap I tried I wasn’t sure on all the colours being used, I decided to focus on the orange colour and add accents to that.

17.Orange-base-yarn-wrap

The ground of the orange and yellow yarn.

18.Added-oink-to-orange-base

I like the addition of the pink!

19.Tried-the-blue-next-to-yellow

Tried the blue in one place….

20.Moved-the-blue-next-to-the-pink

Then tried it next to the pink instead. I really like this combination. Now to knit it up! Unfortunately I did not have very much of the orange yarn so had to knit a small sample.

21.Cave-lights-inspired-knit-sample

I would like to try a blue based one too, maybe with the colours ‘reversed’ so the blue is the base with accents of orange…

I hope this has shown you how you can design your own stripes too from the pictures you’ve taken, the stripe doesn’t have to be a representation of the picture, purely a start for inspiration.

Why don’t you have a look through your yarn stash this weekend, choose a photo and play with stripes?

Last week I mentioned I would be making a recipe for a ‘perfect for one or two’ Carrot and Banana cake, just to let you know, it’s now available, and tastes delicious! I’m going to be making another one for me tonight. I realised that it is a perfect size for my home too, and also means I eat slightly less cake per piece!

Carrot-and-banana-cake-for-one

Hope you have a lovely week and play with some stripes!

Take care,

Rebecca x

 

 

 

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