With so much left-over yarn we decided to make the stripe pillows shown on top. They are the creation of Ingrid van Willenswaard, a knitter, crocheter, artist and blogger. Over the years she has made many things from wool to paper. She has also included many patterns and descriptions of her homemade projects on her blog. The author of three craft books also contributes to Dutch and English magazines in the form of DIY projects and/or illustrations. This Dutch maker is so successful that she has foregone a full-time job and concentrates solely on her creativity. In an article on Cosy Project she says this about her craft:
“I knit and crochet because it gives me a feeling of peace; it’s a kind of meditation, the counting of the stitches and the focus on your hands leaving little room for worries. I don’t have a special goal doing it – it’s just the fun of it.”
“Because I can’t choose what I like most, I make a lot of different things,” says Ingrid. “I like to crochet, to knit, embroider, draw, make cards and fold paper. I am not a specialist – I like to keep things simple and easy.”
You can follow the maker on her blog and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Ingthings.
Admiring these mixed media portraits created by Chicago-based artist Faith Humphrey Hill, who received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters in Arts Management from Columbia College. The knit under layer of her work is manipulate by machine or by hand. She then collages her original digital drawing with the knitted material. In her artist statement she says this:
“Knit Prints celebrate our common thread. Combining the visual symbolism of knitting with the expressive color and rendering of digital drawing. They create a comfort and familiarity between viewer and subject though they may be strangers.”
The artist can be found on her website and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Faith Humphrey Hill.
Thoroughly impressed with the yarn projects of Japanese knitters and crocheters known as 203gow. The unnamed primary artist is dedicated to spreading colorful, pop and fun knitting mainly as large space decoration but has also created small items for Japanese web shops. She says this about her work:
“It began with casually knitting the yarn that was on the desk that caught my eyes. (Maybe) I’ve loved drawing and making something since I was a kid, so it’s probably that the material that happened to be expressed was yarn.”
You can follow the artist on her website and on Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of 203gow.