PeoplePosted by AudB 28 Feb, 2018 19:44:51

Either you are conscious about it or not, you are sending signals to the world around you all the time. Some signals through body language, some through expressions and some through your clothing. Even though it’s written a lot about this theme, it is still of interest. Probably because things change, and do affect our behaviour and what’s accepted or not. Advises form yesterday have to be updated.

Signals through clothing have changed maybe more than the others over the years. Not always fast, but still a change.

Some of the traditional costumes in Norway show which of the women who was married or not. This “bunad” from Fana is an example. The unmarried girls should use blue ribbons, and the married ones should use green ribbons. Nowadays a wedding ring has the same function.

The April joke from The Norwegian Trekking Association in 2014 was made on this theme. For those who would take the traditional hiking tour in the mountains for the Easter, they recommended to where hats of different colours. Those who wanted to signal that they were in a relationship, should wear a red hat, and they who were single should wear a green hat. If it of some reason was difficult to decide, they recommended wearing a yellow hat. People loved the idea, and started practice it the very same Easter. This was the inspiration for the hat pattern Single Or Not from Aud B.

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PeoplePosted by AudB 18 Jan, 2018 11:17:36

How much fun isn’t it to work together with someone, who has a complete different way of thinking, and add new points of view to a subject?

When two people put their heads together, they will meet a task with their individual perspective and knowledge, even if they should have the same background in education and experience. Because there will always be some parts of their life that has been different, besides the distinctions between personalities.

It is really interesting to get to know another perspective, to see a task from a new angle. Very often it gives a wider view, and more opportunities for which solution to choose.

To cooperate with a six-year-old, gives indeed some new angles. And whatever thoughts one might have about what’s possible or not, they will have to be thought once again. Because a six-year-old will not leave a question open, or accept something as a problem without being given a very good reason.

This jacket, Duo, is the result of cooperation between mother and son. He wanted both Superman and Batman on his jacket, and his mother thought that would be quite difficult to manage in a pattern for knitting. Her six-year-old insisted on how easy it would be, and draw the motives from his point of view, into a chart. Of course the two superheroes on the jacket are not look-alike to the originals, but the six-year-old had made a motive he was happy with. And he had shown his mother a new angle to work on further with the design.

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TechniquePosted by AudB 08 Dec, 2017 10:32:52

Crocheted squares are often called «granny squares». Probably because they often are used in blankets, where granny or somebody else, has worked a great amount of squares in a lot of different colours, and put it all together. It’s a very smart solution for those who have too much left overs of yarn. And most “crafting people” have.

It was not really the granny squares which were the inspiration for this vest, but some small hot mats to put on the coffee table. Still, to put something like that together in a larger piece will very soon bring ones thoughts to granny. That’s why it’s exciting to make something that’s close, but still is very different, both in expression and shape.

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ItemsPosted by AudB 15 Nov, 2017 21:38:44

Both beautiful and scary, and indeed powerful in every meaning of the word, that’s lightning. And, it is the symbol of everything that is quick. That’s why the sweetest racing car ever has got the name Lightning Mc Queen. The story about him is worth seeing for grownups as well as kids. It’s easy to recognize the different type of characters, and relate them to people one meet during a lifetime.

This car was the inspiration to the hat and neck warmer called Lightning. Of course the colours are different, and the symbols have another shape, but the idea started with Mc Queen, and the world around him.

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TechniquePosted by AudB 02 Oct, 2017 19:04:02

Everyone who loves to go fishing knows that there are different ways to cast the line. That could depend on surroundings, equipment or other things. There is always something new to learn, and techniques to test.

Sometimes it is just like a door opens, to a new world, only because of the knowledge of a new technique. And it is all fun to explore how it works, and to find out which new possibilities it contains.

Maybe a new technique will make some tasks easier, but also give new challenges. Maybe it will be the solution needed to come further with an idea. One can guess, but never know exactly, before this new technique has been practiced on the project one hoped it would work for.

Like the jacket Playful. At first it was just meant to be a small crocheted piece, to test how the technique worked. Then the inspiration came, to make something more. It certainly was some questions who needed answers, before it could be a jacket, but it was all worth it. And – a lot of fun.

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ItemsPosted by AudB 02 Sep, 2017 19:53:44

It’s not easy to say, but fact is that there are a lot of designs where a football is some part of it. Somehow designers all over the world find inspiration in this item. Of course there is a lot of clothing decorated with footballs, but one will find them at curtains, blankets, bedclothes, party stash, boxes, wallpaper, pencils and other school materials as well. And much more.

Maybe the football represents something we like to be identified with. It does certainly signal activity and joy, but also movement and mastering, not to mention development.

For this sweater, the inspiration was most of all the joy in a child’s face, when playing with a ball. To see how much fun a child has in just watching a ball bouncing.

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NaturePosted by AudB 29 Jul, 2017 22:18:07

Everyone should have a beach like this nearby. A quiet, nice place, where it is possible to find peace. Where the colours are bright, and the sound of the waves is soft.

There is a lot of ways to bring a piece of a favorite place with you. Photos and pictures are the most common way, even though every person finds their own way. Why not crochet something which reminds you of the place?

This exact beach gave inspiration to the blanket waves. First it was the colours. The beautiful combination of greyish sand, blue water and some spots of white. Then this crochet technique made it possible to strengthen the expression of waves, by using three colours alternately, and with the curved shape.

And, voilà! A piece of the beach, to bring everywhere you like.

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NaturePosted by AudB 08 Jul, 2017 07:36:06

Sometimes the inspiration in a design is obvious, and easy to recognize in a finished product. Sometime one will have to take a closer look to find the link between them.

Here is one example on the first. The jacket Granite is inspired by the rocks along the seaside in the northern part of Norway. Both the colour and the texture are easy to recognize. The grey and white mixed together in the squares, reminds of granite, at least the grey variant. The use of garter makes texture, which put one’s mind to the round shape of the rocks.

The nature has been a source for inspiration at all times, and still it inspires new designs and new people. It seems to always be something to inspire someone. Like a day to day wonder.

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