Designer Spotlight: “Thanks! Piet” Wrap by Candy Key
Candy Key says that her life changed when a “real yarn shop” finally opened in her area. Yarnies, located in Abilene, TX, allowed Candy to build a stash with fabulous yarns, which continues to inspire her knitting!
As a former teacher of both geometry and art, Candy is also greatly inspired by the work of Piet Mondrian. In fact, her “Thanks! Piet” Wrap is an homage to the artist’s painting, Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow. The colorful wrap is knit flat, entirely in garter stitch. Candy used intarsia colorwork to switch between the six shades of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine featured in her design.
How long have you been knitting?
I learned to knit in my teens from my mom. I knitted for several years on and off and then stopped. About 8 years ago, my husband and I bought season tickets for the Texas A&M football games. On those weekends, I rode five hours each way and picked knitting back up.
How did you choose this yarn?
I had purchased several different colors of this yarn because I love alpaca and working with thinner yarns. Also, the colors are delish with good color consistency, no matter which Berroco yarns you use.
Any funny knitting stories?
Years ago, my mom knitted me a sweater for Christmas. She was so proud. I took it to try on after I unwrapped it. My younger sister went with me. I put the sweater on and it was so large, my sister got into the sweater with me! We walked out and mom laughed till she cried.
If you could knit something for anyone in the world, who/what would it be?
My mom has developed Alzheimer’s and she has forgotten how to do many things. I want to make her a sweater to thank her for teaching me how to knit.