There is a small village called Spydeberg, in the southern part of Norway. The village symbol is a spear, which refers to “spyd” in the name. It is placed in the park where this photo is taken, a spear against the blue sky. One does not know the exact reason for the name, but Spydeberg is the original name of the rectory, which is located on a hill with several protruding points. It may be these that are compared to spearheads.
However, this symbol is the inspiration for the sweater Spydeberg. The shape of the spear is very suitable for a knitted yoke. And the dark, rusty brown spear towards the blue sky is just beautiful! So, the sweater had to be blue, and the spears brown. The background for the spears is white, to make the contrast outstanding.
The lines in our lives are easier to see after they are made than along the road. Some of them looks like they were “meant to be”, while other lines were neither planned nor welcomed. Altogether they make the path of our lives and represent experiences that we can use in other situations.
This vest from Aud B is called Linjer. It is Norwegian and refers to the lines in a train track. The idea came one day Aud B was waiting for the tram, and she watched the beauty of the lines, and how similar they look knitted fabric where the technique garter is used.
One of the things many of us long the most for after the winter, is to see the trees turn green again, and all the leaves moving in the wind. Some of them different in shape, but still, they have a lot in common. Like the line in the middle, and the tip. The beauty of leaves!
A shrug inspired of the beauty of leaves
The design Shrug Leaf is obvious inspired of leaves. Each of the main parts has the line in the middle, and a tip. The main parts are knitted, and then they are assembled by crocheting. The crocheted part gives a little space and air between each leaf.
The shrug is fun to make, and very comfortable to wear.
Crocheted squares are often called «granny squares». Probably because they often are used in blankets, worked by granny or somebody like her. To make one, you will have to crochet a great number of squares in a lot of different colours and put it all together. It is a very smart solution if you have too much left over of yarn. And most “crafting people” have.
A crocheted vest made of granny squares
It was not really this kind of squares which were the inspiration for the vest Squares. It was some small coasters to put on the coffee table. They were crocheted and very cute! Coasters like that are meant to put cups or glasses on.
Still, to put something like that together in a larger piece, will very soon bring one’s thoughts to granny. That is why it is exciting to make something that is similar, but still is very different, both in expression and shape. In other words, less granny but still squares.
Sometimes the inspiration in a design is obvious, and easy to recognize in a finished product. Sometimes one will have to take a closer look to find the link between them. Here is one example on the first, where it is easy to see that nature has been the inspiration.
The jacket Granite is inspired by the rocks along the seaside in the northern part of Norway. Both the colour and the texture are easy to recognize. The grey and white mixed together in the squares, reminds of granite, at least the grey variant. The use of garter makes texture, which put one’s mind to the round shape of the rocks.
The nature has been a source for inspiration at all times, and still it inspires to new designs and new people. It seems to always be something there to inspire someone. Like a day-to-day wonder.