Friday, August 12, 2011

What inspires you?

Do you ever get inspired to knit by everyday objects? Whether it's a pattern or texture you see that you'd like to recreate, or simply colors you fall in love with that you'd like to incorporate in your knitting or crocheting?

This past weekend we drove to Helsinki to meet my parents who were arriving from the states for a week's visit. We had a wonderful time, and even though there was much to love about the city (food, sights, design, people, shops, restaurants, markets, etc) I was most inspired by the colors. I found myself thinking about yarn the whole time!

Here are some of my favorite shots from my weekend in Helsinki, and the yarns they brought to mind:
"Golden Girl" posing on the Esplanade
Yarns: Crystal in Gold, Minnow Merino in Green Grass, and  
Vintage in Sunny and Blush

The corner of Heleninkatu (means Helen's street, so of course we had to take a picture of Helen with the sign!) with its beautifully colored old buildings
Yarns: Baby Cashmerino in Gold, Apricot and Medium Grey

A block away from our hotel, on Fabianinkatu
Yarns: Baby Cashmerino in Yellow and Dusty Pink, 
Luna in Sunset and Silver Mist, and 
Ultra Alpaca in Salt and Pepper
Gorgeous buildings we passed on the way to the Design Museum
Yarns: Plymouth Encore in Living Coral, Soft White, 
Golden Glow and Cocoa
Window boxes full of purple and green foliage along the Esplanade
Yarns: Manos Wool Clasica in Uranium and 
Manos Serena in Mulled Wine and Boysenberry
A beautiful door at the sea fortress of Suomenlinna
Yarns: Manos Wool Classica in Medium Naturals, 
Manos Rittenhouse in Goldenrod, and 
Manos Maxima in Beehive and Key Lime
Fish, rice, fruit and vegetables at the Kauppatori, Helsinki's outside market. 
Doesn't this look delicious? (It was!)
Yarns: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Grapefruit Mix, Grove Mix 
and Cardinal, and Berroco Link in Earthen
Our first view of the Helsinki Cathedral
Yarns: Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino in Splash, Vanilla, 
Marmite, Carrots and Froggie
A scrumptious lunch of peas, strawberries and salmon. Okay, we were food obsessed!
Yarns: Jil Eaton Cottontail in Orangini, Poppy, 
Lime, Daisy and Spring
Don't rush through life. Stop for a minute and look around you. Take it all in. Let what you see inspire you in your creations!

1 comment:

Olivia said...

What beautiful pictures and creative yarn pairings. I love how you see things!