Posted on June 27, 2014 at 2:24 pm

When Knitscene editor Amy Palmer asked me if I would like to be the featured designer in the magazine this fall, you can imagine my delight. I thought about what I wanted to do for a few weeks, and then we emailed back and forth about which of the ten or so sketches I sent her would make the most coherent statement. Amy is a receptive and encouraging sounding board, and she knows her readership well.

BullockBoyfriend, steampunkfairisle

I looked at what we eventually agreed upon and thought there was a revisionist Victorian quality to it, somewhat – dare I say it out loud? – steampunk. Indeed, smack in the middle of it was a sweater with fair isle “cog wheels” across the yoke. It was the first one Amy chose, so it formed the keynote to the collection.


We decided to go with a muted yarn palette throughout, which I really love in how it all worked with the styling. The lighting is magnificent especially, and really captures the idea rather than make the whole thing quite literal had they gone with the usual goggle and airship routine. I’m really grateful to the team at Knitscene for their beautiful collaboration in this story, and to Amy Palmer for the opportunity to think in “collection” terms. I’ll take a little time in the next week or so to talk about the patterns, and hopefully encourage a few knitters to cast on.