Monday, March 30, 2009


I find that inspiration strikes me most often when I'm not seeking it. Case in point: Fairly recently, I was re-watching I'm Not There, the Todd Haynes film based on the life of Bob Dylan. I love how the film is an obvious pastiche of Haynes's influences - Godard, Fellini, etc. In the segment with Billy the Kid, we're set in a fading western. The colors were once rich, but now take a hazy, vintage look.

This clip doesn't really do the film complete justice, but I think you get the idea. And it doesn't hurt that this segment includes one of the best covers from the soundtrack (in my opinion) by Jim James and Calexico. This imagery has been floating around in my head and from it, my recent yarn purchases have been rich fibers in muted tones.

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Araucania Yarns - Copihue Alpaca in Color 910

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The Fibre Company - Road to China Worsted in Citrine

I'm planning to use the Road to China on Kelbourne Woolen's Springtime Bandit scarf, my first foray into lace knitting. I'm still seeking out a simpler lace pattern to try before I start this one. However, I found a quick-to-knit and surprisingly fun pattern to use up my 2 small skeins of Copihue - a cute little scarflet called The Fidget. The twisted moss stitch pattern really shows off the colors and creates a lovely, layered texture.

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These new colors are quite a contrast from the bold, saturated tones I was using in the dead of winter - take this Quant headscarf made with Malabrigo in a deep purple, for instance (but excuse the poorly lit self-portrait).

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A few more FOs should be ready in the coming days, fingers crossed.

1 comment:

Brian said...

I have never seen that movie, despite having wanted to.

Now you're rollin'.