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I had planned to do this:

I am thinking that it’s too much, too fussy. The chevrons are too fussy, the double godets are too fussy. Always ready for these Kinds of challenges, Margery grabs the godet (ok, nicely takes the godet from my hands) and places it in the opening of a cardigan to see how the proportions work.

I’m in love with the look and knit this:

to be continued…

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  1. I love these little insights into your process. Thanks for sharing!

    June 26, 2008
  2. Oh wow- I love the look of the second one, too!

    June 27, 2008
  3. I am loving this peek into your design process! And at the same time as I look at your sheets feeling ever do disorganized!
    As I also watched your latest video slideshow for booklet 279 (keep doing these slide shows they are great) one question kept coming to mind. I was wondering how far ahead do you prepare these designs for the booklets? The way you both spoke of the designs in the slideshow they sounded like, well, old friends!

    June 27, 2008
  4. Kat #

    Oh ! ca va être beau… j’ai hâte de voir la suite !

    June 27, 2008
  5. Deborah #

    I too appreciate insight into your process. I have just received Vol 3 and can not adjust to the round insert into some of the more linear pieces. Feels like a push to insert this circular, fussy piece against a linear, architectural form. Maybe I’m struggling with the weight of the lace motif? It appears stiff (pictorally) and your pieces always have a flow and drape along with complex nuances and demonstrate knitting design ‘riffs’ that I’ve researched and enjoyed for years. But I respect to each their own taste and design process. Maybe if I could touch it or see it in action? Ah, yes, the video slideshow – haven’t checked that out yet….that would probably help me.

    Your designs always reflect and require a thinking knitter. Thank you for providing that to this art form!

    June 27, 2008
  6. In our culture people will associate the circular piece hanging below a linear edge as an inspiration from a brassiere. And I’m not sure that there’s anything wrong with that! I love the insert & I’m sure the designer, Gautier who did Madonna’s sexy bra tops would love it too. Thank you for sharing some of the design process with us. It is so interesting to see!

    June 27, 2008
  7. As always you are inspiring,amazing, etc.

    Your design process is so great to watch! When it comes time to execute a design are they 100% hand knit? And by yourself or the quintessential army?


    June 27, 2008
  8. I really enjoy getting to see bits and pieces of your design process!

    June 28, 2008
  9. Yes Tina – 100% hand knit! I spend my knitting time on the tricky bits and working out pattern stitches.

    June 28, 2008
  10. Good grief———– Norah that is amazing. I took the afternoon off today (the weather was too splendid not to) and sat on the porch while the dogs played. I sat with “Knitting Nature”, this of course means that I have even more respect and awe for you.

    Y’know……………”THE”:) Norah Gaughan!

    A friend of mine met you at TNNA and that was the first thing she told me when she got home from her trip! Made me smile!

    June 30, 2008
  11. Nancy C Sevigny #

    I like the godet idea , however the sketch of the double godets reminds me of two low hanging breasts. They’re going to get there anyway, no need to emphasize them.

    Keep up the good work, I love your original designs.

    July 28, 2008

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