Monday, May 5, 2008

Knitting & drawing, drawing & knitting

I don't know what possessed me to draw my knitting - after those brushes I've become a sucker for punishment. This is my load-shedding jersey (or sweater to any American visitors popping in). When electricity cuts became a regular feature of our evenings, I thought it would be something I could do that I wouldn't need to see too well for... which is probably the reason I suspect I may prefer the look of the knitting-in-progress itself rather than the end product. All the lovely nubbly textures, the uneven meandering ribby lines, the interesting lacy holey bits - look so compelling bunched and draped around their needles - but extended over my (non load-shod) upper body... well, might just not come up to original expectations. And, wouldn't you know it, the powers(ha!)-that-be have announced that there will be no more load-shedding, as the poor old substations were collapsing under the strain of all that mass switching off-and-on again. So this may be as far as my jersey gets, though it is also a very good thing to do during rugby season...

6 comments:

Vivienne said...

Wow! Knit one pearl one.It is a most amazing drawing - really beautiful and soft and draped. One of those 'looks easy' things, but surely impossible.
I have given up knitting, but surely drawing ones knitting must be more laborious than doing it!! I will try and find and send some nice transfer prints I once made from a knitted baby garment I had kept... I photocopied the knitting itself and then transferred the ink with solvent onto good paper. I was very pleased wiht it at the time.

Cathy Gatland said...

It wasn't as hard as one might think - developed a shorthand rythymic pattern for the stitches, and the texture of the paper gives a woolly look, but yes, I did wonder why after a couple of hours... after I did this I came across a link to Alison Watt's beautiful paintings http://junomain.wordpress.com/2008/04/27/alison-watt-by-kanti-jocelyn/
and thought about doing a knitting one, then thought nah...
I'd love to see your transfer prints - I've still got half-knitted baby things too!

Gillian said...

It's beautiful Cath - but my eyes ache at the thought of all that detail!! I want to reach into the picture and pick up the needles... My friend showed me how to knit little diagonal wash cloths - for the kitchen. They only take a few hours to complete - 100% cotton thread - and I have to say -it's been quite therapeutic... the low key rhythm of the craft helps me have a quiet little think... always good!

Martha said...

A very impressive drawing! The sweater looks very soft and cozy.

Kyle Kunnecke said...

what an amazing drawing! are you interested in selling it? :) - if so, email me and let's talk! I love this piece and would love to know its actual size and how much you might sell it for...

:)

Cathy Gatland said...

Hi Kyle...thanks so much - will get back to you soon. The drawing is 15 x 20 inches/38 x 51 cm