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Kylie25 Project

A few weeks ago I posted about one of my ideas for a project. I think I’m going to go through with venturing into it over the next year to year and a half.

If you haven’t read the previous post, the idea is called Kylie25. Kylie Minogue is my favorite singer and 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of her first album. Kylie also survived breast cancer, but my grandmother didn’t so I’d love to see a cure to help save other people. This project is two fold in that it will give me more experience with designing patterns and I will be donating part of what I make from selling items based on the patterns to breast cancer research.

The first pattern that I have totally mapped out in my head is called In My Arms (here is the video). The pattern is for a pair of fingerless gloves for women that split just above the wrist and run up just past the elbow. The split will be tied together with ribbon used to lace the two sides together and make the pattern an adjustable size. I have two color variations in mind for it. If you’re curious, here is the Pinterest board for planning it (please bear with me while I fight with getting the images to actually pin).

Another pattern I have in mind reaches back to Kylie’s 1997 album Impossible Princess (here is the song called “Dreams,” the name of the album comes from the lyrics in this song). I definitely want to use the colors from the album’s cover (see below) and am trying to think of an adult pattern that is kind of a “deconstructed” kid’s pattern for an adult. But this is where I’m stuck because I’m not sure what kind of pattern to do. I’m thinking something around the head and/or neck, just not sure what.

Finally, a good scan of this album cover (found via Google image search).

I think the emotions on her face with the bolder colors against the black background work together and will inspire a great pattern, just not sure what one.


Do you have any ideas to help me with this pattern? If you do and would be so kind as to share them, sound off in the comments. I would greatly appreciate it!


K25 idea (Patterns, part 3?)

Now that I have finalized all of the pattern parts for my Dude’s Cross Cable Gauntlets, I need to sit down and make it all pretty in Publisher so that I can share it. When that thought hit me, I realized that I have yet to write down the pattern for the Cellular Cables pillow pattern I designed (as well as sew the knit halves to the material). I need to finalize the pattern for a scarf that I made for a coworker a while back.

I had a few posts a while back about creating patterns. Since I wrote those, I noticed that if I get bored and look around, I can usually find someone wearing something that has been knitted. Often my mind will go to thinking about how the pattern was knit. After I think I’ve figured the pattern out, I think about what I would tweak. I suppose it’s one of those, “OOOO! Shiny object!” ADHD things a bit, but just so you don’t think I’m a total freak, I often also thing about web design interfaces and video games when I’m bored as well.

For those who don’t know me (or those who do and have somehow forgotten) Kylie Minogue is my favorite singer. I have pattern ideas in my head that I was thinking about naming after some of her songs. Then, an idea struck me: this year is the 25th anniversary of her first record so why not have a whole series of patterns for about a year that are named after and inspired by her songs? This could also be my first adventure in selling knitted items on Etsy.

I got to thinking more (you know, like I do) and tried to come up with a way to make it better. I realized that Kylie and my paternal grandmother have something in common: they both had breast cancer. What better way to improve the original idea than donating part of everything I sold to breast cancer research? So that is one of my ideas for a project set over a year.

Some examples of the patterns I have in my head now for this project (with a link to a video of the song on YouTube if that could help you picture it):

  • In My Arms (gals): fingerless gloves that open just past the wrist and are tied with ribbon just past the elbow. I’d likely have a darker version with pops of purple and blue and a version that is fuchsia and white or cream striped – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj6IKIPteuE&ob=av2e
  • Get Outta My Way (gals): long, narrow, symmetrical scarf that makes use of a modified version of the chevron pattern I used in my Chevron Hat pattern. I’m thinking shades of blue and white to match the cover of the album this song was on – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHGaW8lBlSk&ob=av2e
  • 2 Hearts (mostly guys, but gals could pull it off): a red, black, and white beanie mainly for guys. I might add a brim. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcGnoqUvLCg
  • Chocolate (gals): a cowl worn like a hood and draped a bit over the shoulders in shades of brown. Two color variations I also have in mind are the fuchsia and white/cream strips from In My Arms and possibly a checkered, double-knit one in those colors (clearly that one would be a one-of-a-kind). – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyMjCg7JNrM
  • Locomotion (gals): leg warmers done in neon colors as a throwback to the 80s. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xxjR1IJRHk (not that you need a link, if you haven’t heard this song before no matter what age you are, you live under a rock)
  • White Diamond (gals): fingerless gloves that go a few inches past the wrist have, you guessed it, diamonds worked into the pattern. (Sadly, this song was never released, but she has performed it live in several shows) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQTyn0p_5MQ

Well, those are 6 ideas so far. My goal is to have between 10 and 15 different patterns. These patterns also aren’t set in stone.

If you’re a Kylie fan as well, any suggestions for songs to think of pattern to match? As you can see, I’m having trouble with some of her older material. I’d also like to think of some more patterns that guys can wear as well.

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