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Finished Knit Painting

Finished Knit Painting

Yay!!!I'm so excited, this piece turned out just as I had hoped!

After completing the last two knit pieces I knew that I wanted to do a full series where the subjects face was centered and large. I completed this piece and am thrilled with how the subject and the monochromatic color palette are working! The finished piece is exactly how I imagined!

The only thing that isn't quite how I'd prefer, is the laying of the stitches after blocking.  It's not a huge surprise since some of the yarn I used is a cotton blend which proved less flexible than the wool blends used on other parts of the piece. It's not a big deal since obviously it's a hand knit piece, but I am going to stay consistent in fiber content when selecting yarn for future projects. 

I should mention that I don't envision these pieces ever being distributed as "knit" pieces. Instead I prefer their distribution and viewing to occur either digitally or as printed photographs. It's important to me that they are appreciated as abstracted paintings that happen to be knit. I also strive for the stitches to be as clean, consistent, and tidy as possible however, I'm not bothered at all by any that are askew. If I wanted the stitches to be absolutely perfect I'd just paint on a piece of knit fabric like sock blanks. 

I'm planning a full series of these knit portraits. I'd love to use wool yarn or wool blends in fingering or sport weight that are confirmed to come from ethical sources. I want to know the animals are treated well. I'd also love to use yarn in 4-6 monochromatic shades and it would be awesome if they are from independent yarn dyers and from plant based dyes. If you know of any great sources please let me know.

Happy Birthday: Ida Kohlmeyer

Happy Birthday: Ida Kohlmeyer

The Debate Over Monuments

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