My city woke to a frosty 3 degrees Celsius this morning.
I kept warm in the usual ways:
- air conditioner programmed to take away the chill before I get up
- sleep-in until 7:30 a.m. with layers of woollen blankets on the bed
- hot breakfast in bed
- hot cups of tea
- hot shower
- hair dryer
- lots of layers
- hand-made woollens—cardi, scarf & gloves
- home-made soup; and
- staying active—housework today;
… but my heart was warmed the most by the visit of dear friends whom I hadn't seen in a long time.
The conversation turned to crochet and craft activities (as is so oft with me).
I was introducing my friends to the wonders of Ravelry, when they revealed that they have a cousin who is a prize-winning European knitwear designer—a delightful coincidence!
Her name is Martina Manfreda and her web site displays her range of knitted textile and garment designs: simple, classic lines, but with modern patterns.
I love her amazing blends of colour and texture (and I am not just saying that because she is my friends' cousin). Currently based in Berlin, she has a shop/gallery in Wilmersdorf and so it should be called a 'gallery' as Martina's collection of dresses and skirts are original and imaginative works of textile art.
Martina's designs range from undulating asymmetrical stripes and textures to regular geometric shapes. Her online gallery of skirts demonstrates an an assortment of creative ideas.
Knitters will enjoy the close-up photographs of Martina's knitted textures.
If you are looking for inspiration and dynamic ideas, you could do worse than visit her web site "Manfreda Knitwear".
It is amazing what you can discover within only
three degrees of separation.
- web site: http://www.manfredaknitwear.com/index.html
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/manfredaknitwear
- new dress designs: http://www.manfredaknitwear.com/New_A.html
- past dress designs: http://www.manfredaknitwear.com/Creations.html
- skirt designs: http://www.manfredaknitwear.com/Creations2.html