Divide Alpha

Divide Alpha

I'm getting better at these angular transitions, and messing with them more. The last time I did simultaneous multi-directional transitions was on Reflect Zero. I think before that it was Pyramid Charie. This time I took two transitions and intersected them, then added a steeper-angled transition after that. This resulted in some nice symmetry, at least in the design of it.

Well guess what: I like to break symmetry. So I used this intersection to split a ribbing pattern in two. And that might sound as confusing as it did to me at first, but then that's what sketchbooks are for. After confirming the math, I dove right in.

Divide Alpha WiP

The yarn is a 100% wool that I recycled out of a scratchy sweater quite some time ago. These rustic wools are great as hats, and show off some cool texture.

The Divide Series will give me a chance to do some lower-gauge stuff which I tend to avoid doing. I guess It'll be appropriate for the upcoming months. Plus these worsted weight yarns are starting to pile up on me.

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I'm Officially Less Ghetto

I'm still a little excited from yesterday when I received my new labels in the mail. I started putting them on the existing stock as well as the private pieces I kept for myself. The hat shown in the picture is Reflect Zero. These are a great finishing touch to my stuff.

It wasn't as hard as I thought to find someone locally to do these for me, and it was an added bonus that Print for Brand offered shorter runs at a great price. Now I can say "Made in San Jose" and really mean it.

At 3/8 inch by 2 inches, these are perfect for my hats and scarves. They're small, but precise. I'm not one to be flamboyant with any of my work, and the understated reiteration of my logo type connects well with my restrained, methodical nature.

Now I don't feel so ghetto. Next big buy: some sort of packaging.


Nudge Alpha

Nudge Alpha (Sold)Nudge Alpha WiP

By now I'm sure many of you have noticed my visual interest in geometric forms and angularity. Finding new ways to demonstrate these forms in knitting leads me to some interesting places. Nudge Alpha takes it's visual cue from crystalline structures, specifically their striated surfaces.

The technical premise of Nudge is simple: Treat a series of random numbers as ribbing while nudging to the right on every other row. This creates a continuum of numbers traveling up the work diagonally, and since it's ribbing, it's reversible.

The random number selection (1-9) asserts an improvisational nature. It's important to me to add these unpredictable elements. They represent the organic characteristics of the forms they demonstrate. A friend of mine described it as "i ching knitting."

This yarn was recycled from a nicely broken in sweater, so the the drape turned out pretty fantastic. It consists of a 9 thread multi-strand with 5 dark grays and 4 medium grays. They work up as a subtly striated charcoal reminiscent of brushed metal.

There are lots of directions to go with this design, and I'll definitely be screwing around with it.

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