Introducing the art-infused new Klee Collection!

Helen —  October 29, 2015 — Leave a comment

I was lucky enough to interview the very talented and lovely Renee Callahan on last week’s podcast. She gave us a glimpse into her fascinating art and fashion background, and chatted about the inspiration behind her new collection of knitting designs. The collection has just been launched, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Today I’m very pleased to be part of a blog tour to spread the word! Before I jump into my own impressions, I’ll share the official description.

The Klee Collection is a collection of modern garments and accessories designed for the knitter to enjoy both the process of knitting, with innovative constructions, as well as the product of their work, with wearable, beautiful garments.

“The Klee Collection is a gathering of knitting patterns close to my heart. Although I trained as an art historian, I rarely get a chance to see even a fraction of the amazing art on offer in London,” explains designer Renée. “A few years ago the Tate Modern held an exhibition of Paul Klee’s work and it was like visiting an old friend. The inspiration to design my first collection came quickly and I have named each of the designs after a painting by Klee.”
Each design features unique geometric lace knitting inspired by the strange and wonderful shapes that run like a language through Klee’s work, providing interest and detail on extremely wearable garments. Selfish knitting at its best, this collection is intended to be worn and loved for years to come.
Angelus Novus Cardi 1 by Renée Callahan

Renee’s passion for art and beauty is apparent in every detail of these designs. I love knowing about her process: I think it adds a real depth to the collection. In honour of that, I thought it would be fun to show you the paintings alongside the designs that they inspired.

Angel in the Making

angel in the making collage

Garment: Pullover sweater
Accessory: Shawl
Yarn: Walk Collection Cozy Merino Fingering (100% Superwash Merino, 400 yd/366 m per 100g skein)
Colours: Sample knit in Nightshade and Lipstick

I think the lace detail on the cardigan’s yoke is so pretty. I’m a big fan of colour blocking and these are two distinctive pieces that could become total wardrobe staples.

Twilight Flowers
twilight flowers collage
Garment: Pullover sweater
Accessory: Long, fingerless gloves
Yarn: The Uncommon Thread Everyday Sport (100% Superwash Merino, 328 yd/300 m per 100g skein)
Colour: Sample knit in Hemlock
I am a little in love with those mitts! So elegant and romantic. They would make a gorgeous holiday gift.

Angelus Novus
angelus novus collage
Garment: Cardigan
Accessory: Shawl
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Swan DK (100% Superwash Falkland Islands Wool, 119 yd/110 m per 50g ball)
Colour: Sample knit in Stone
If I had to pick a favourite from the collection, it would be the Angelus Novus cardigan. I love the interesting construction and it’s so wearable. I also love that Blacker yarn. DK weight is my favourite weight for fall sweaters in London – heavy enough to keep warm but not too bulky.
I can see all of these designs fitting into all different kinds of handmade wardrobes. It’s wonderful to see a collection where every single piece is in harmony with each other. I pre-ordered Renee’s collection because I knew it was going to be something special, and now that it’s here I’m delighted to say it’s every bit as wonderful as I’d hoped!
You can purchase The Klee Collection today on Ravelry. (Go ahead, treat yourself!) To learn more about Renee, her designs, the beautiful things she makes and all the wonderful things she’s up to, you can find hers at all of these places:

ELK Ravelry group

This is just the first stop on the blog tour: next the collection will be visiting Carmen on The Yarn Story blog on Nov 3rd. I can’t wait to hear everyone’s else’s reaction to this wonderful collection. Now I just need to find some time to get at least one of these projects onto my needles!

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