Images, Mood and Inspiration





Ever since I purchased the natural color Malabrigo Rasta yarn, and ever since I mentioned the ermine, lots of images have been popping up in my mind's eye.

These images evoked a certain mood within me, which leads to inspiration and ultimately a better understanding of design #1 which I am having a lot of trouble with.

Slowly but surely, design #1 is allowing me to capture her, to define her, to find a name for her. I know she wants to reveal herself, but as soon as I think I have a grip on her, she slips through my hands and leaves me grasping in nothing much but air.

She is a smart one... it is almost as if she is telling me that just the yarn, needles and my hands are not good enough for her. So I walked away from the yarn and needles and tried to capture her in images, which hopefully will lead me closer.

Gathering images 

Every time I am in design mode, I gather images from all kinds of places: books, Internet, the things I see while walking outside, some body's face.

Not only do I collect images with my eyes, I also collect "images" from memories which also can entail scents and things that I felt by touching material. Or things that I felt when interacting with people: happiness, euphoria, sadness, pain and what have you.

Most of the time, I collect this data in my head but lately I feel the need to capture these images in "hard copy" so that I can make a tangible mood- or inspiration board.

This mood- or inspiration board will keep me more focused and even more important, will be a portal for designs to come through.

To give you a glimpse in my current mood board, take a look at the following images:

Snowy_Owl_Pic Ermine Moth white-ermine ivan stalio

images EmpressAlexandraFeodorvnacirca1840 GermanEmpressAugusta_von_Preussen

Not only am I very visual, I also like to link words to my mood board:

Arctic, bitter cold, tundra,

Eurasian continent ,Russia, Mongolia, royalty, opulence, femininity,

black, white, softness, pride, warmth, robe.

This is the first time that I am actively putting a mood board together. If you are a budding or established knitwear designer, I would say give it a try. It has been very refreshing to me and intensely inspirational.

Rather than finding inspiration from other knitwear designer's work, which is fine as long as you don't bluntly steal and tell everybody you are the one who created the piece, try to gather images that seemingly have nothing to do with the material yarn. Try it... and see what you come up with. I bet it will be quite exciting!

On Malabrigo Rasta

Malabrigo Rasta

This yarn leaves me puzzled and curious in a positive way. I like when that happens because it means I have never seen and touched something like it before. This also means it holds a certain mystery which I haven't figured out yet. Haaa, fits the bill when it comes to design #1!

This single ply super bulky 100% merino wool has a slight felted feel. At times it reminds me of a cottonball because of its density and feel. But most of the time I just don't know how to capture this delicious yarn in the right words.

I look at it, pet it, play with the strands, hold up the swatch and am left with a feeling of wonderment.

Happy wonderment if I might add. More to come, folks...

Thanks for reading and until the next entry!




Mood Board

Love your mood board.  Classy, clean, innocent are words that popped into my head when I looked at it.


You can almost write a poem by looking at images. At least that is how I feel. Love it when it evokes something and brings out words...

Can't wait to see what this

Can't wait to see what this becomes...


Believe you me, likewise... I am getting impatient.

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