Unusual knitting – shining a light, knitting art.

Just before last Christmas I got back into knitting and I had fallen down the knitting rabbit hole looking at one new designer after another with delightful creations they had shared.

In the middle of all this chunky wool and bamboo and Merino and mohair, I came across a beautiful and unexpected project which I just fell in love with.

©Leila Raven

Knitting designer, Leila Raven, had created kits for a gorgeous wall hanging made by knitting string lights.  It just looked amazing and I thought “I have to do this”.  Leila was selling kits for her lights but being in the US and also 6 days before Christmas, there was no way I was going to get one of them, so I very quickly got online and managed to get 20m of string lights from an online seller.

Once the lights arrived I knitted up a random rectangle, but because I didn’t have the wooden knitting needles required to make the wall hanging as in the original idea, I thought it would be cool to mould the lights into an abstract heart shape.

When I posted my results online I was overwhelmed by the response and this is what comes the closest to my having a viral post on Instagram.

I made a short video showing how I cast on and knitted using a small set of 2 m of lights and I posted it here so that it just doesn’t get lost in the Instagram timeline. I wore my heart throughout Christmas and now I’m looking for the perfect place to hang it on the wall at home.


About Elaine Batiste

I'm a teacher, a lifelong learner, a traveller, a maker, an adventurer and a 'want to do more' kind of gal.

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