Sunday, March 30, 2008

Either You're Een or You're Out....Is Knitting a Dying Art?

My cool friend, Jackie went on a trip to Chicago. The Hershey Store had these designs from Project Runway on display. How nice to see them in their stillness to study the detail! I don't know about you, but I'm addicted to watching Project Runway. It's so inspiring to see what talented designers create under such a high stress deadline. It's also fascinating to see how stress brings out peoples' character.
I wonder if Jillian's dress could be displayed without roaches coming to eat the Twizzlers. That was an amazing feat to put and keep that design together. I was at the edge of my seat wondering if it will hold together.
My point here is to ask the title question. I hear and read that "knitting is out." I hear that Project Runway has made sewing the hot skill people are hungry to focus on. PR is responsible for increasing the enrollment in fashion schools as well. Does that mean that knitting has died on the vine? I can't imagine it has. Don't fashion shows have knits as well? And the major biggy that I love about hand knitting is that it's portable. You can't take a Bernina on the subway and do a few seams until you get to your destination. (Though I hear there are teeny hand machines people use.) I've heard celeb knitters in interviews mention knitting is not what it was even five years ago. I don't want to believe this. What do you think? I am still teaching people to knit and maybe knitting and sewing will do a Reese's peanutbutter and chocolate merge and create a new craze in the future. Being a Tolle fan, I can't worry about the future. So, I'm going to accept the "isness" of fashion and expect that knitting is going to hold its own. Is there an "isness" to fashion? I'm going to have to ask Eckhart Tolle.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Mistakes Are Our Friends

First of all, I'd like to thank my awesome art business coach, Michelle , for kickstarting me on finally making this blog.

This is a photo of me back in 1965. I had just learned to knit that year. Remember Earl Sheib the auto painting guru? Well, his wife, Mady, opened a knit shop in my home town and my Mom and I learned to knit there. I was ten. This is the first sweater I ever knit.

I remember the instructions said to rib in K1P1 for an inch and a half and change to St st. I didn't know what that meant, so I just kept on ribbing until I reached the arm hole. I brought the sweater in to show Mady how I was doing. I remember her putting her head in her hands. Then after a long pause, she said, "That's okay, you can make it a poorboy sweater." Poorboy sweaters were just starting to be a hot item back then. They looked cool with hip hugger mini-skirts and fishnet stockings. That was my first taste of learning to take advantage of my mistakes. Some of the best art comes out of going with the flow of the unexpected (or mistakes.) Jazz singers and musicians do it all the time. Performers do it all the time. Artists do it all the time. I highly recommend making friends with mistakes. Because sometimes they aren't miss takes at all. They are new road takes that put you on an exciting new journey called "finding your style." Does anyone have any mistake success stories they'd like to share? Please share them with your Knitfunctional Family.....