Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Return; Art Deco Inspiration

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Well hello, friends! Since last we spoke, big exciting changes have been afoot in Chez Rat Cave, which I'll finally (finally, finally) be able to share sometime in May. I'm a bit superstitious about sharing good news on the internet until every single damn duck is properly lined up and quacking, so thanks for bearing with me!

But enough about that - onto the yarn! Last week, I celebrated my 27th birthday, and one of Blake's very thoughtful gifts to me was a trip out to Tolt Yarn & Wool in Carnation. My friend Jenny also happened to be working on Saturday - she's one of my rockstar test knitters, as well as a dear friend from my Issaquah Tinkers knit group - so it was great to squish yarn, catch up, and nerd out about yarn and projects with her.

And once I started squishing yarn, I went down a serious rabbit hole. I've been thinking a lot about Art Deco lately: the focus on functionality & beauty in art objects; the clean edges and intuitive symmetry; the soft, sophisticated color palette. As soon as I saw these colors of Quince & Co Piper sitting together on the table at Tolt, I had an idea - maybe a deeply unhinged one? - for a shawl inspired by a gorgeous Japanese vase from the 1930s, with a stained-glass-like motif down the center, contrasting white wings and a deep blue i-cord border.

So we'll see where that rabbit hole leads, I suppose!


On a bloggy note, I've also been thinking for a while that it makes sense to reduce my posting schedule a bit, from three times a week to two, with posts on Wednesdays and Fridays. I'm hoping that slightly less blogging will give me more time to focus on designing and writing - both of which I've been doing a lot more of lately, and enjoying a great deal.

Happy Wednesday, friends!


Kat Riddell said...

Yay for good news! Hopefully everything will be lined up soon-I hate sharing information before everything's settled. I love your art deco inspiration and yarn choice-I can't wait to see where that creative stream ends up :)

Hannah said...

Nice to have you back in the blog world Cory!

That vase is stunning and I can't wait to see how the shawl design comes out

Unknown said...

I can't wait to see what you make - it sounds like an amazing idea!!