It is currently the summer holiday between my second and third year, and I was advised to make good use of the time by getting on with some preparation work for next year. I was also told I should try to update my blog at least once a week, so that is exactly what I am going to do.
I have decided to knit a large house, which I will first fill with stuffing and then plaster. While in Cornwall for a week I knitted the first wall, which is 50 stitches wide and square. It took a long time, but I should be able to get all the knitting for the house done over the summer.
I also want to explore colour in relation to knitting, since last year I used whatever wool I could get hold of, regardless of colour. My main inspiration for this comes from the lecture Chris gave last year about his work. I asked him how he chose colour in his work, and he said it was complicated, and couldn’t give me a straightforward answer. Another student chipped in and said sometimes artists choose colours as they go along, in response to the work they are creating. I think she was mainly talking about how painters choose colours as they paint, but I started thinking about how I could knit and choose colours as I go along. As a result, I have decided to create a piece where I chose colours in response to the work as it evolves.
First, I need to get a bit better at changing wool while knitting, so I am currently knitting a small piece to practice this. I am alternating between light blue, dark blue and purple wool, knitting two rows with each before changing to the next colour. I have wanted to created something with very small stripes like this for awhile, since I normally knit things with very big stripes.