Posted on January 13, 2015 at 6:00 am

Along with From Folly Cove, Classic Elite also published this month a collection by Talitha Kuomi, Artistic Differences.


You might know Talitha from her work for Classic Elite, and also from her appearance in the first season of The Fiber Factor. I got to know Tal a little bit as we both worked on our collections, and was honored to visit her on the set of her Artistic Differences shoot at Cambridge’s fabled Club Passim.


Both of us will be in the Knitty City booth at Vogue Knitting Live this Sunday, 10-11 am

Tal took her particular inspiration from her own experience in the Boston music scene, and dressed her models to reflect the complimentary personas she herself enjoyed as a working musician. Each pattern in the collection is rendered twice, with modifications to enhance either a “bohemian” style, or a “rocker” vibe.


This week, Artistic Differences is making the rounds in a blog tour, and it is my privilege to feature Forte, one of several wonderful sweaters in Tal’s diverse collection. “Forte” is of course a musical term indicating a increase in the volume of sound, as in, “play louder!” Those of you who read music will know that this is sometimes indicated by a crescendo, a elongated V lying on its side in the musical score. Forte has a literal crescendo as its neckline treatment, a funky face-framing flourish for the Bohemian version, and a more daring (and sexy) plunge for the Rocker. I love this drop stitch detail, and when I saw the sweaters in person at Club Passim, I told Tal this was the design from her collection that I would most certainly knit for myself. And worked up in Blackthorn on size 10 needles, you know it would be a fun and quick knit.


As the featured pattern for today’s stop on the Artistic Differences blog tour, Forte is automatically 10% off when you buy it on Ravelry. And one commenter below will be chosen at random to have the pattern awarded as a prize. So say something – perhaps musical – and maybe you’ll win a copy of this fun pattern. And later in the week, on the Classic Elite Blog, they will be giving away yarn for the pattern of the winner’s choice to one of their commenters, so be sure to log in over there too. Meanwhile, don’t miss tomorrow’s installment of the blog tour on Lee Meredith’s blog.