Wednesday, June 25, 2014

October Wedding Collection

As you might be able to tell, I like putting together pattern collections.

And I've found the best inspiration and motivation for them lies in things that I feel excited and passionate about. Previously I've designed around my love for the outdoors, different times of the year, and my fascination with ghosts. Now, I'm focusing on the intersection between my favourite month, something quite topical, and celebrations that I love.

The October Wedding Collection is inspired by my own October wedding. It's a fantastic time of year, and one that it seems more and more people are choosing for their marriage celebrations. And at least in my part of the world, October can be a somewhat chilly month. Making it PERFECT for cozy, fun, and elegant (but you know, with my twist of the weirdness) handknits.

Even if I wasn't getting married in October, I have to admit that I love weddings. I love a bit of pomp and circumstance. I love fancy outfits. I love seeing how different people bring out their personalities in different ways. And most of all, I bloody love parties. I think bringing together family and friends is one of the things that makes life a worthwhile experience. It's important to celebrate with people you love.1

Weddings can be about what you want them to be about. And I want mine to be about eating damn good food in a room filled with people I love. And dancing like fools. And maybe (no, definitely) getting some drinky drink in there too.

Oh, and MAKING for it.

I want to enable as much making as possible. And why not make things that you and your guests can use? Items that are small and quick or large and epic enough to be functional and lovely?

Here you see some yarn that sits patiently, waiting to be knit up into a sample for the October Wedding Collection. It's going to be a quick-knit, but EPIC shrug. I can't wait to wear this! And I really can't wait for you to see it!

1 And I do feel I should note: there are plenty of things I DON'T like about The Modern Wedding Complex.  I come from a place of feminist ethics that disagrees with many of the stereotypical trappings and social pressures/expectations that come with contemporary weddings.


Amy said...

I can't wait to see your collection! My own thoughts on weddings are "eeeeh. give me the reception and the open bar or give me death!" Sorry, Patrick Henry. :D

kingshearte said...

I'm very much all about the notion of making your wedding be what *you* want it to be, regardless of other people's expectations. I had slightly mixed feelings about having my dad walk me down the aisle, but ultimately, it's my daddy, and I wanted to. There was no official giving of anyone to anyone else, though. Blech. Can't wait to see the lovely things you knit for your big day!