Friday, April 15, 2005

Knitting or Objects d'art?

My brother and his sister-in-law have recently taken up knitting. Neither of them seem interested in making anything of substance, but they both are intent on gaining a basic proficiency at the craft. Their creations so far have been limited to small rectangles. (Or rather small trapezoids because they tend to add extra stitches while knitting.) However, I'm proud to say that both of them can cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. And they are experts at frogging (hee hee).

Unfortunately, I don't live near my brother, so I can only give him knitting advice over the phone or via email. Just for fun, my brother sent me photos of his knitting. He calls this photo Persistence of Vision.

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So what do you think? Is it art?

18 comments:

K said...

Oh they're so curvy! If you sew a couple together you could have a banana warmer! I think the pastels would definatley compliment the yellow peel.

Ceci said...

Absolutely! The setup reminds me of a fish (without a head.) You could mount them on board for the mantle. Except that making them probably took far longer than catching any fish.

Anonymous said...

Objects d'art absolutment! C'est tres bon! Formidable! :)

knit chick said...

Kudos to them for learning how to knit.

You know, if you rotate the photo 90 degress clockwise and attach the pieces at the seams (leaving with the spaces as is in between), you'll have quite the fashion forward dress. Dare I say haute couture?

I picture it fitting someone like Pamela Anderson...

42MainSt said...

You forgot to mention that in addition to casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off, they are pretty good at increasing!

rogueknitter said...

Ooh...what pretty colors. You could sew them together and make a baby blanket for...um...a baby snake?

Elisabeth said...

Wow! I never thought I'd ever see a real Smurf Blanket!

peri said...

What interesting curves - I like the idea of a banana warmer or a courgette one?

I'm sure one of my tarantulas would live a cosy blankie - these look the perfect size.

Nederlass said...

Wow, that looks professional! I love the fact that it kinda branches out to the sides. How did he get it to do that?
I mean, square is so....square.

Egeria said...

I see some kind of bikini emerging from the pieces...it definately screams skimpy top!

And ya, squares are SO last season!

Shanidy said...

Hmmm...if you do modeling or art they could be modern sails for a boat! I also like the idea of an ittybitty blanket :) Keep it up!

Margot said...

Hey, that's great - whenever I try to knit a trapeziod, they come out square --- and those squares cam out as trapezoids!

Wanna trade?? : )

Anonymous said...

reminds me of Stonehenge: it's there, for sure, but I can't make sense of it.

Susan said...

hmm, they look like pieces of Barbie clothes - does your brother like to dress up Barbie??

Megan said...

String those babies to a coat hanger and you've got an instant mobile! Very soothing to babies, very irritating to cats. Purrrrfect!

sarai said...

Actually, I thought it was a clever commentary on the undervaluation of traditional practical arts. The shapes of the knitting evoke knitted accessories such as socks or mittens, but their simple construction and two-dimensionality reflect the common underestimation of the complexity of knitting. This can be seen as an allusion to women's work in general, particularly given the feminine colours.

steeltoedwmn said...

Very nice smaplers if he starts working on his kitcchener stitch he can make an afghan!

Romy geissler said...

now for decreasing! maybe it could be sewn together to make the wold's most uneven, funky, pastel scarf. though i cannot poke too much fun, as i'm not much better!ha ha