Stripes by EclatDuSoleil: A Striped Life

It’s not only in her latest pattern Blue Song that EclatDuSoleil/Hélène Marcy plays with crochet stripes!

In the pattern A Striped Life, Hélène plays with narrow stripes on three versions of a shawl with different borders.

To create one-row stripes without cutting the yarn each time, Hélène explains her method in the pattern. I provide you with an alternative in my crochet tutorial from June 2014.

The shawls were crocheted by Hélène in fingering weight yarn from her stash, comparable to my fingering weight merino, the Zauberball 100 or Balayage.

The pattern for A Striped Life, including three different versions, is available in the shop.

Kits for the Blue Song shawl

I have several kits in store for you, to make a two-colour version of the beautiful Blue Song shawl, designed by EclatDuSoleil!

In Beth Chatto and Covent Garden :

You can complement the delicately nuanced freesia (Beth Chatto) either with the elegant grey Romeo (Covent Garden)

or with the warm brown Othello (Covent Garden).

Another suggestion is to combine the zesty green Juliette (Covent Garden) with the charcoal Campêche with a hint of violet (London).

And as a foreboding of spring, this fresh combination of the sweet freesia (Beth Chatto) and the crisp cream (London).

The pattern is not included in the kit – if you haven’t purchased it already, click here to find it.

Inspiration for Guinguette

Part of my inspiration for my new knitted shawl design Guinguette came from this book by Ingrid Fetell Lee: Joyful – The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness.

The idea of the author, backed by her thorough investigations is that some things are universally joyful!

Among these things are vivid colours and round shapes, especially when there are lots of them – like in a shawl knitted with bright colours and edged with a string of pompons!

And if you simply need some inspirations to choose the colours for your own Guinguitte, check out this blog post for details about the kits.

The pattern for the Guinguette shawl is available in my shop and on Ravelry.

Anna Bauer, a Swedish textile artist

Have you already seen the textile work of Swedish artist Anna Bauer?

Anna often uses knitting in her work and gives a large place to the type of free stranded knitting Scandinavians call “hönsestrikk” (the name itself is a mix of Swedish, Danish and Norwegian). In “hönsestrikk” you work with bands of freely chosen motifs, mixing colours and not caring the slightest about evening out stitch repeats.

This is not ski wear, but a costume by Anna for dancer Fanny Kivimäki. Fanny created a performance on the topic of homesickness for Kiruna, the town in the north of Sweden that has to move entirely not to be swallowed up by the ground.

On Anna’s web site, you can discover many other aspects of her work, such as the cardigan she created as a homage to Niki de Saint Phalle. You can also follow her on Instagram, where she is @annabauergbg.

All pictures are Anna Bauer’s.