I can't believe it's been over 3 years since I've been on this site. Or posted anything.
It's not that I haven't been knitting in that time. I've done several large pieces mostly, and mostly as gifts for other people. Inspiration sort of waxes and wanes, I guess. I have several pieces sort of languishing unfinished in the closet next to me as I sit at the computer right now.
However, I just finished a piece yesterday I thought I'd share. Though the inspiration comes from a rather sad source: At the end of July I lost my best friend and companion, Trotwood -- Trot for short -- after a brief illness. He's pictured next to me in that now rather old profile photo, the two of us in happier times.
Needless to say, after our 10+ years together, his absence has left me not only heartbroken but also kind of adrift. So I've been trying to channel the pain/loss in more positive/creative ways. Trying to find some proper way to pay tribute to this little guy who gave me so much and added to my life in countless ways. But the piece pretty much sums it all up, how much he meant to me.
It's only about 3.5 feet square. But I've attempted to incorporate things I've really not tried before: basically monochromatic, more pictorial charts, etc. There are no more than 5 colors in any one section, though there were as many as 25 different strands of yarn working on one section at times. All of the "portrait" sections are based on actual photos taken over the years.
It's not the best photo -- crappy camera on the iPod -- and it was hard to remain in focus while standing on a stool trying not to smack my head on the ceiling in order to keep it in proper perspective more or less. Still I thought I'd share with you all.