Archive for July, 2014

During my numerous trips to Bulgaria I have been inspired by their rich knitting tradition, especially their stranded colour work which, though similar to ours from Fair Isle, does have a distinct Bulgarian/East European flavour of its own.
I began working on a design for a tunic while surrounded by the Bulgarian landscape, occasionally being lucky to find an old Babushka sitting on a bench outside her home, knitting traditional slipper-socks. (These are usually offered you to wear when entering a house – everyone takes off their outdoor shoes as few rural households have vacuum cleaners).
In my design I have muted the traditionally bright and bold colour palette of Bulgarian stranded colour work a little, while hopefully retaining the feel of Bold and Bright!
Here is a glimpse of what’s to come (plus┬ásome traditional Bulgarian knitwear):

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