I’ve always toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo since the hardest part is deciding what to get inked on my body. It’s difficult to find an image or symbol that can represent my passions, regardless of whether those dreams are long term. Tattoos are reminders of the energy and focus I had or currently have towards goals/dreams/moments and that in turn, embraces the value of life and how I choose to live mine.
The interesting thing is, about six months ago I suddenly felt such a strong determination to get a tattoo of some sort by the end of the year. That feeling lasted a grand total of 48 hours. But in that time span, I was able to really narrow it down to which motifs I would have chosen, if I were to get inked at all. It came down to the two dreams that tugged the most at my heart. I decided that I wanted a minimal line-based Manhattan skyline and a pair of knitting needles (ball of yarn optional).
While I still fluctuate about placing permanent art on my body, here are a few tattoos of inspiration and sources of major tat envy!
Love the tiny heart at the end!
Unexpected and awesome placement
Great detail and shading
Nice graphic quality – bold, yet simple
Playing with typography
I always love hearing tattoo stories, so please share yours (if you have any) below! Or if you fluctuate on whether to get inked or not, and why?
And…just for laughs, here’s an interesting article where tattoo artists are asked about which are the “worst popular tattoos” they’re sick of doing.
I would love to hear about any readers’ tattoo stories!
What colors do you think of as we transition from summer to fall? For me, it’s all about muted, dusty beach tones for some reason. It reminds me of a scene at the beach when it’s about to storm. Pops of wine and soft pastels also come to mind. As I clear out and edit my yarn inventory, I’m trying to figure out which colors, yarns, and textures to incorporate into the next few pieces.
Image via Linen, Lace, Love
Here are a few color inspirations I’ve been looking through. What inspires you about color? Which colors come to mind when you think of the end of summer?
I also love the freshness of a warm fall tone with creamy neutrals, as seen on Thrifts and Threads.
What are your favorite colors to wear during this transition?
My comfort zone color palette may be soft pastels and cozy neutrals, but I actually love metallics. Especially when worked into knits, I think the contrast of the yarn’s softness and the hard edges of metals make for an eye-catching combination.
Antonio Berardi Pre-Fall
Weaving with a pop of gold from All Roads
Whether it’s a metallic dye treatment, or a piles of metal hardware connected to sweater knits, it is a feature I would love to explore more in the future.
Esther Paleologos creates knit art from various metal wires all from a domestic knitting machine.
This week, I found a bold metallic blue yarn deep in the archives of the Ita Vero yarn stash. I thought the brightness and futuristic element of the color would pair surprisingly well with the worn-in denim look yarn I had been saving for a special project. The “Mercury Cowl” is an ombre metallic textured knit cowl made from those two yarns. The soft drape and simple silhouette will be a stylish addition to any fall/winter wardrobe.
Can’t get over the fun gorgeous knit hats at the latest Chanel haute couture show. Chunky open knits in soft pastel colors with feather textures, plastic flower embellishments and pearl bead accents – what’s not to love?! Definitely will be looking to this show for future inspiration!
When describing the tactile elements of knits, words evoking softness, drape, and coziness come to mind. Artist Carol Milne has created works that have us re-considering that notion of knitting. Her pieces showcase knitting, but with glass as the medium.
Milne has come up with a revolutionary method of glass-making to create the base sculpture.
She then painstakingly chips away at the piece to create the final artwork. Therefore, all the yarn loops and textures have been sculpted by hand afterwards.
I love a cozy chunky knit sweater, and they seem like a trend that is here to stay. Thicker yarns create much texture and dimension, but Rotterdam-based artist Bauke Knottnerus has taken it to another level.
The threads are knit together using large scale needles operated by two people.
These works are often in cartoon-like proportions and set up in interior spaces.