I was going to blog again yesterday, yeah; but I had to do stuff. Christmas-type stuff, with the ribbons and the glitter glue and the peace on Earth and the what–another party, and the hey–what did you put in that egg nog and the excuse me–where are my pants.
But I woke up eventually, and so here's something else from my stack of backlogged blog topics.
Look at this. What does it look like to you? Besides an indifferent cell phone shot? Stripes, right? White and purple stripes?
But...let's look at it from a slightly different angle.
Huh. What's that? Is there something weird going on? Let's try another angle.
WHAT? A GRIFFIN?! IS THAT A GRIFFIN?!! HOLY CRAP! WHAT DID YOU PUT IN THAT EGG NOG?
Calm down, please. I didn't put anything funny in the egg nog. However I did put a griffin in the stripes. He was there the whole time–you just couldn't see him at first.
His name is Merv. Merv, say hi to the people.
Merv is very street.
This technique is called either Shadow Knitting or Illusion Knitting, depending upon who is doing the calling. I started fooling around with it this year, just as a goof. Merv was one of my early experiments. Now I'm unabashedly in love with it. It's a technique lots of folks look upon as a mere parlor trick. But I believe it has potential that hasn't yet been fully explored, in spite of Vivian Høxbro's excellent book from 2004 and the further elaborations of the UK outfit Woolly Thoughts.
Also, it's the only knitting technique I have yet encountered that makes non-knitters literally gasp. They gasp!
I felt so strongly about Shadow Knitting's potential that I've spent a great deal of 2013 exhuming every bit of information I can find about it; and playing around with different ways of designing it, charting it, thinking about it, and putting it to use. In 2014, it will be a new addition to my menu of classes.
The début at the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat is sold out, but I will be teaching it at the Plucky Knitter Shindig, the Squam Art Workshops, and a bunch of other gigs that'll be added to the calendar as they're confirmed in full. We'll learn the technique, of course; but we'll also learn to make new motifs, and ponder larger philosophical questions like the merits of mystery, opacity, surprise, and subterfuge in design.
That may seem dreadfully ambitious for one knitting class, but if you've taken classes with me before you know I'm not kidding.
Yes. Thank you, Merv.
Yes. That's quite enough, thank you. Goodnight, folks. More soon.