I want to love you and treat you right,
I want to love you every day and every night,
We’ll be together with a roof right over our heads,
We’ll share the shelter of my single bed,
We’ll share the same room, yeah! for Jah provide the bread.
I have been busy, busy knitting that is. It was the Music Challenge over at Sew Weekly this week something I’ve been looking forward to for a couple of weeks now So. many. possibilities; *rubs hands together* after many flashing thoughts of what I might sew I settled on my go-to happy music, Reggae! There is not a day that goes by that any of the following-Dub, Reggae, Roots, Rock Steady, Ska are not played in my itunes, so feel free to pop on some Reggae- I’m going old school: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Desmond Dekker, Toots & the Maytals, Scratch Lee Perry, Jimmy Cliff, dig out those Trojan Records and lets dance. I’m a big big fan, it simply just, makes me happy. I could dance for days on the stuff. How about you?
I started this challenge about three weeks ago, I haven’t picked up knitting needles since high school, I never enjoyed the drawn-out process or the beige colour my mum chose for me enough for me to even finish the project however, when I found this amazing piece of yum by Isabel-Marant I thought- I’m going to give it a whirl. I absolutely LOVE the deconstructed/punk aesthetic it holds. I love the imperfections. If I was ever going to knit again it would be this baby for sure. She only costs $1599 :/
I purchased a stack of cotton poplin and started shredding it up into 1-inch strips, tying them at the joins then rolling them into balls. Off I went, knit one purl one, knit one purl one, occasionally getting myself into a tangled mess. The hardest thing for me was the ‘sitting still’ part just sitting and knitting, I’m always go-go-go so I found it a tad hard to just relax and do this rhythmic thing over and over. I eventually got to the point of I. don’t. want. to .do. this. anymore. I like sewing because I can have it by the end of the day. In the end, the wait was worth it.
Knitting two rectangles using 20mm rockets made the job somewhat easier and faster I added the different colours haphazardly as I went and this is how it turned out. The sleeves—I slowly descended on the stitching to get a shape that resembled a sleeve, they’re a bit bulky so if I were to ever do this again I wouldn’t cast on as many stitches. The neckline and the bottom are just the cast on’s and cast off”s, no band, I wanted it to look as deconstructed as possible. The top is rather heavy as you can imagine, approximately 10metres or so of 150mm wide cotton poplin, it is like the warmest, most comfortable bed you can imagine. Doonaville!
On to the graphics-Do you like my Bob Marley wall? Hubby and I found a plain white brick wall to take photo’s against and I used my handy Graphic Design- Photoshop skills to put this wall together using layer masks and the like; I think it turned out amazeballs! both the top and the wall. Looking back I put a lot of time into this one, I guess because I’m playing with my three main loves- Sewing, Music and Graphic Design. This little blog has been revolving around the three for sometime now so I guess it was inevitable. I’m a very visual person, tell me a joke! I’ll see it in pictures. Reading a book is a visual feast. I hope you like the visuals here, from the clothes through to the graphics. This is my little niche-sewing (even though this garment is knitted) and Graphic Design. Why not, I like my posts to be a visual presentation as opposed to a text heavy tutorial. I like blogs of the same nature, I do read more design blogs than sewing blogs because of their visual presentations. The way elements are laid out, the photography, typography. For me it’s like food for the visual side of my brain. Yum.
You might just love what the other girls over at SW have sewn, they’re so talented I tell ya!
Happy Sewing for now, hope to see your face around here again soon.