Savor // Inspirations & Color Summary

Happy lazy Sunday, friends! Chicago has experienced about a million pounds of snow this weekend (very accurate measurement), which means I've spent a whole lot of time relaxing indoors, taking night time walks in the twinkly snow, knitting, & hanging out with some of my favorite people.

Basically, I've been embracing the feeling of this Journal: SAVOR - taking the time to enjoy late winter in all of its glory (read more about my new Journal model here). This post will give you a little more insight into the inspiration behind this issue, as well as preview of a few of my new designs & projects to come.

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The inspiration behind SAVOR came together very organically. The holiday season was insane for me this past year, & I found myself thinking about all the things I should be doing, or that I had missed out on, or I wasn't doing well enough. The short days & long nights gave me anxiety, & made me feel like there wasn't enough time in the day. I spent way more time thinking about everything I wasn't doing, instead of just living in the present & celebrating everything I had accomplished & all of the wonderful things & people around me.

And when I took the time to slow down & look at the good things surrounding me instead of the bad, I found so much light & joy. I mean, have you guys ever taken a walk at night while it's snowing? It's like the whole world is literally twinkling & the sky is this amazing purpley/orange color & you can make a snow angel wherever you want because no one else is out there! And all you knitters - have you ever swatched for a project & focused on the beautiful pattern unfolding in front of you instead of resenting the extra step it takes to get to the finished project? I did that the other day & it was like I fell in love with knitting all over again. I took time to appreciate the process, not just the product. And that little mind shift is what SAVOR is all about.

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Each piece in this Journal is extremely special to me. I have designs inspired by my Great Grandmother, my boyfriend, some of my closest friends, & my most beloved book series (Harry Potter, obviously). I was extremely thoughtful about the yarns I chose, both for their color(s) & fiber contents, & I am so pleased with how they've all come together.

In the photo above, you can find my mood board for this issue as well as a color summary. While I pulled inspiration from a variety of sources, many of the photos & artwork that you see are distinctly European. There are some polaroids from my time studying abroad in Vienna (& traveling around Eastern Europe) two years ago, a print I created in my Screen Printing class while there of a Jane Austen quote ("what are men to rocks & mountains" - classic), & several other pieces of art from European artists. Many of the yarns I used in this issue are directly sourced from Europe as well.

I think I was drawn to so many European influences because while living in Vienna I was basically a walking talking billboard for the core feelings of SAVOR (Austrians have an amazing work/life balance & they really love coffee & cake - very on brand), & my Great Grandmother emigrated from Austria when my Grandmother was a young woman. The jumping off point for this issue was the Maria sweater (inspired by my Great Grandmother, teased on Instagram several times as well as below), & her thoughtful & creative spirit is echoed throughout everything you'll see for the next few weeks.

 

Design Preview

I've been showing snippets of a lot of upcoming designs on Instagram for the past few weeks, but you can find a few more exclusive photos below to get you excited! (PS - there are more designs that haven't even been teased yet!)

 

Upcoming Delights

I have a lot of fun posts lined up for this week, including a few Valentine's Day inspired treats (both the edible kind & the knitwear kind) & the first pattern of SAVOR, the Grayson Hat (pictured above)! Make sure to subscribe below so that you don't miss a thing!