May 18, 2009

Vacation Inspiration

In 2004, my friends Adrienne and Clayton were living in Copenhagen for a few months. Never having been to Denmark, and missing them very much, I decided to visit. It was such a lovely time, both staying with them in their home and seeing this beautiful city for the first time. I felt very much at home there (due in no small part to the size of the Danes; they are my sized people, all the way down to their feet). But I was also very excited and inspired by Danish style, not fancy Danish modern design, which I also like, but more everyday style: colors, clothing, how people fixed their homes. Ever since that trip, I've found myself gravitating towards colors and styles I saw, for what felt like the first time, on that trip.

Among the many sites that made a lasting impression on me were these buildings:

It took me a bit to figure out how many buildings there were and which facades had been painted. There was no marker or anything to indicate that these buildings were special in any way, and I like the fact that I still don't know what they're about. They're just a pretty memory. The blues and greys are my kinds of colors, and have turned up in my most recent project, the Textured Shawl recipe by Orlane.

I knit this for myself with Kraemer Yarns Sterling Silk and Silver on US6s. There's a wee bit of real silver in the yarn, but not enough to compromise softness. (the second photo is a bit more true to life, colorwise). It was fun to knit, easy but not boring, but before it was this pretty little thang, it was this hot mess:
I've got to get myself a swift.


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Yes, you need a swift very badly. What a horrible mess. Kudos to you for untangling that mess.