Last year I went to see the V&A ‘Bowie is…’ exhibit at the AGO when it rolled through Toronto. It was a mesmerizing 2 hour walk through his life and impossible not to leave there inspired by his influence. My favourite part of the exhibit was getting up close to his amazing stage costumes. Who could wear a one legged, off the shoulder knit jumpsuit? There is only one answer to that question.
When David Bowie passed away early this week I don’t know anyone who wasn’t at least a little reflective. Everyone has a Bowie story, some way in which he shaped or changed or made a moment. I went on Facebook, constantly refreshing my feed to read friends’ thoughts on this other worldly beauty that we were suddenly without. It was like a virtual vigil. I thought fondly of all the sweaty dance floors I blissfully danced on while Bowie blasted. Back when we were Rebel Rebels. Hot tramp, I loved you so. I also thought of the amazing knit jumpsuits I saw at the V&A exhibit.
That afternoon, I decided to use my knitwear design powers for good and spent my lunch hour charting out one of the fair isle patterns in one of Kansai Yamamoto’s iconic jumpsuits he did for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust tour. A small thing I could do to pay tribute to this beautiful space oddity.
The pattern is a 20 stitch, 69 row repeat & would look great used in a hat or scarf or…. a jumpsuit (with matching arm warmers please) I’d love to see what projects you come up with!
Note: You’re project will probably turn out best if you do yourself up in some great Bowie inspired make-up and crank up your stereo while you knit.
Yours in Bowie,
|Nicole Winer In-house Designer, Yarnspirations|