Artistic Differences Blog Tour – Giveaway

Artistic Differences Blog Tour  – Giveaway

I am so honored to be the first stop on Talitha Kuomi’s Artistic Differences Tour. I’ve been intrigued by Tal’s designs ever since she provided us with our first Mystery KAL. Remember the Quench bag? Then, I LOVED watching her videos when she was a contestant on the Fiber Factor. “I am the troll under the bridge of my children’s lives…” – priceless! So when she started dropping hints on her website that she was working on something with Classic Elite Yarns, I could hardly wait.


Artistic Differences is a collection of 10 projects, each presented twice with subtle adaptations to encourage the knitter to customize the piece to their own personal style. Take a look. There is a pair of “boot” socks with a simple detail that makes my heart sing and a bag that makes me want to start making bags again and a cowl that just lays perfectly. I could go on and on, but this will be the last time I’m invited to do a blog tour if I don’t get to the featured pattern pretty soon.

terva rocker 2

Terva – rocker style

Blog Tour – Day 1: Terva

Terva is the light and lacy pullover that everyone wants in their wardrobe for Spring and Summer. Knit a little longer, over a tank, with some wide leg linen pants…. The “rocker” style is worn with 6″ of ease; the “boho” style is more form fitting.

Now, you’ve probably heard that I struggle with lace, so I’m especially grateful for all the ways that Tal has made this manageable for a non-lace knitter like me.

  1. She starts with ribbing. It is going to be a breeze to make those (most visible) seams at the top of the arm look professionally done. You could even do a provisional cast on and a three needle bind off later.
  2. There is no shaping. The sweater is knit in two pieces: the back with the back halves of the sleeves and the front with the front halves of the sleeves . So once I get the lace pattern in my head, there will be no need to adjust.
  3. It is top down. I can block as I go. Whether I decide on waist length or tunic, it will be exactly as long as I want it.

terva arm

What fascinates me about Tal’s designs is the thought behind them. There is always a story that she is willing to share. So I asked Tal what inspired this piece. This is what she said:

most of the places i’ve played are urban where the rocker chic in me thrives but, one of my favorite places to sing with a guitar is a campfire, preferably by a lake to feed my boho side.

as i swatched for ‘terva’, the way the wide ribbing came together at the shoulders and down the top of both sleeves looked to me like rocks laid neatly side by side. do you see it? the way the first few rows of lace nip the ribbing in a little, making the rounded edges of what i see as stones?

after that happened, i worked to create a lace that would give the rippled effect that you get when you look through the heated air near a campfire. it’s not smoke, as you can see right through, but the overly heated air distorts the picture somehow. almost like little waves.

so, to me this pullover is the stones of a campfire circle and the rippled warmth of the fire. that’s a scene i’d love to be carrying in my head as i navigated the brightly lit stage of an urban club.

And now, I’ll be carrying that image as I knit this sweater.

Discount and Giveaway

Today only, Terva is 10% off on Ravelry (no code necessary).

Tomorrow, check out Slate Falls Press for the next stop on the blog tour.

Classic Elite is giving away a free pattern to one lucky winner per blog. Just leave a comment below telling me which is your favorite design from the Artistic Differences collection.

* all photographs are courtesy of Classic Elite Yarns

Comments (15)

  1. Tough choice, but Setto is my favorite. I love those squishy cables! And on a day like today, the turtleneck would be perfect.

    January 6th, 2015 Reply
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  3. Silve, Osci, Cade, where do I begin??? But I would have to pick the Rocker version of Terva. Or just knit all four of them. I too loved her on Fiber Factor and got to meet her once.

    Linda Parduhn
    January 6th, 2015 Reply
  4. My favorite design in the Artistic Differences collection is the hat pattern, Osci, in the longer, gray version. The back is a nice touch, and appeals to me. I am especially intrigued by hat patterns right now. For one thing, it is COLD, which it isn’t supposed to be, here in the South. For another, I can’t find a single hat in the house to wear. For a third, a ribbed hat in a large size is just what I need.

    All the designs are lovely, but Osci is truly delightful.

    Lee Louise
    January 6th, 2015 Reply
  5. Setto is my favorite of the group. Thanks much.

    January 6th, 2015 Reply
  6. From what I have seen, Terva is my favorite, although I would knit a longer version. I love the lacy look.

    January 6th, 2015 Reply
  7. Lovely designs. Forte is my favorite.

    Virginia Smith
    January 6th, 2015 Reply
  8. I’m in love with this Terva sweater….and love the campfire reference.

    Ann Galezio
    January 6th, 2015 Reply
  9. It is hard to choose between The Terva and Forte Sweaters and the Tensity bag. I guess if I had to pick one, it would be Forte, at least for today.

    Mary Helgesen
    January 6th, 2015 Reply
  10. It’s difficult to choose but I’m going with the rocker version of Terva. I love the wavy lace pattern and the design approach. Top down is the way to go!

    Cindy K
    January 6th, 2015 Reply
  11. I like the sweater Setto and the bag Tensity. Both very different knits, but both I would like to knit.

    January 6th, 2015 Reply
  12. It is a toss up between Osci and Imp; running neck and neck in the wishing department!

    January 6th, 2015 Reply
  13. This is a beautiful collection. Forte is my favorite, although I could see knitting all of the sweaters. The front neckline treatment is beautiful, and I love that it can be as revealing or modest as one chooses and still have all the detail that makes the front so interesting. The slight flare of the sleeve at the wrist is very pretty, but not overly exaggerated.

    January 6th, 2015 Reply
  14. I love the hat, Osci. So many patterns I think “I like it but …” . Talitha takes away the ‘but’ by offering riffs on the basics. This looks like the perfect hat to stuff my hair in.

    joan eorgoff
    January 6th, 2015 Reply
  15. Terva is my favorite; I love knitting lace!

    Denise Duda
    January 7th, 2015 Reply

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