Friday, November 27, 2009

Balalaika

knit Tetris mosaic cell phone cozyI’ve been designing knitting patterns feverishly for the last year, and have gone public with precious few of them because I’ve been so focused on getting published. This post and the next will feature a couple of bagatelles that were apparently not substantial enough for the big time. But who wants substantial when it’s knitting-to-a-deadline season?

I’ll lead off with Balalaika, my homage to Tetris on that game's 25th anniversary. This cell phone case was great fun to design. It’s an interesting mental challenge to arrange the blocks without gaps (and so restful, without the blocks falling on your head as you puzzle it out). I enjoy working with mosaic patterns, and I love how this pattern looks like any old mosaic until you pay attention.

Download pattern from Ravelry

Balalaika was almost as fun to photograph as to design. The bright sunlight on the day of the shoot was a challenge, but I’m so tickled that we figured out how to make it look like the knitting was in free fall, that I’m not too fussed about the lighting.

Now that I’m done working on this project, perhaps I will finally get shed of my “Back in the USSR” earworm. Could be worse though -- I could actually remember how the Balalaika tune goes.

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