Thursday, August 6, 2009

Suum Cuique

In other words: to each his own...

Plain sock with eye of partridge heel, knit in Jitterbug's Raphael.

What is art? I consider some of my knitting to be art. Not all of it to be sure, but some of it. Like my circular cap shawl. That was made of blood, sweat, tears and lots and lots of time (not to mention a bit of money). I didn't design the pattern, nor spin the yarn, but just the same, I consider it a work of art. Some of the socks I've knit are works of art, too. Maybe not the stitches per se, but the beauty only one of a kind dyed yarns can achieve makes them art. Besides, I adore sock architecture. Every single time, indeed, every single sock I knit leaves me in awe of the knitters who went before, and even worked out that with a few fancy maneuvers, they could achieve an article of clothing that would cover the foot. With one piece of string no less. Artists. Every last one of them. The foot is not such an easy appendage to design an article of clothing for. Think about that the next time you slip on a sock (even if you are unlucky enough not to know how to make something special for your feet, or better yet, have someone make it for you).


I did spin the Creamsicle colored yarn and I think it's special. Art. Shown here in two ply, it's wound and ready to be knit into something completely unique. Something I'm going to design with a little help from those who have blazed the trail before me. Maybe a cute little tank top with leaves and a trellis knit in relief climbing right up the middle. I haven't decided yet. I'll be sure to take copious notes in the event it's a success and others will want to knit this.


The yarn is mostly wound up now-displayed here on a tatted piece of art that was made by my grandmother, Irma. Right next to it is the mug I won from Debra. I swear my coffee tastes ten times better when I sip it from this beautiful work of art. Is it because it's a pretty little thing, or is it because it's made by someone special? Either way, I'm holding art in my hands that contains something warm to sip while I ponder what that yarn will be. Perfection.


Where do you get your fill of art?



That's enough musing for today. I'm off to design a cute little top that I can wear to showcase my flair. I'll leave my fellow Detroit area residents with a blast from our pasts.

11 comments:

Stephanie V said...

Definitely, socks are art. You've got it right, there. I wish you luck with your design. I fear I'm getting too lazy to design garments. besides, it reeks of math. A Creamsicle tank top would be nice in the summer - or anytime.

Miss 376 said...

Well done on that yarn you have spun, it looks fantastic. It never ceases to amaze me that someone first thought up the whole process of knitting

Rose said...

Oh I totally agree about the joy of having art in our everyday lives. Seeing art in our everyday lives. Knitting fills many needs for me; color, process, and especially tactile. Lovely creamsicle color too by the way. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

SkippyMom said...

Definitely art. The creamsicle yarn is so lucious looking as to be almost edible :) yum.

Your socks are so beautiful and I can't even imagine the talent and ability it takes to make something like them. :)

Renie Burghardt said...

Oh, knitting certainly is art, especially your knitting, Rudee. I love that creamsicle yarn. That color is lovely. Can't wait to see the cute top you will make out of it. I guess I consider my writing my art, and I do a little dabbling in oils. Or I should say, I used to. I haven't done anything lately.

What a lovely post. I enjoyed it.

Winifred said...

That wool is gorgeous Rudee.

Until I looked at knitting blogs I'd never seen knitted socks other than in my Mam's knitting book from the war. They knitted them then because they couldn't get stockings. I didn't realise people knitted or wore them nowadays!

Queenmothermamaw said...

Art, definitely. The color of that yarn is amazing. I surely admire your ability to knit. Hope today was a better day for you.
QMM

Brenda said...

I love the yarn and can't wait to see what you make with it. I agree with Miss 376..we need to thank whoever thought of knitting.

Kathleen said...

I'd never thought about the architecture of socks! Can you make socks for square feet?

bettyjf1 said...

Gosh I love that creamscicle yarn. It's beautiful

debra said...

Beautiful yarn! (nice cup :-)