I just called my girlfriend who lives in what they call a historic home in Long Beach to ask her what type of historic home she lives in. "Is it Spanish Revival? A Revival Bungalow? Is it Mission Style?"
"It's a Spanish Revival. The one next to me is a California Bungalow."
Then I asked her how to tell the difference between her home and that bungalow next door. "How am I supposed to know? I have a Spanish Revival home. The bungalow has more windows and wood. I just got home from a run and I'm sweaty. Mine is Spanish Revival. That's all I know."
"Real quick and by the way: What's a Hoosier cabinet?"
"Hell if I know."
Actually the conversation didn't go exactly like that but it was close. Who'd have thought that California had more to it than beach babes in sweaters (gasp) or babes posing on couches with pool boys in the background? (double gasp).
Turns out, there's a whole other world out here. And it has little to do with beaches and babes. It's all about the California Revival Period, something that you don't hear very much about unless you're an architecture buff or someone who is more well versed in art history and design than I am.
Stephannie Tallent, in her book, California Revival Knits, focuses on the style, lines, design elements, and history of early-ish turn-of-the-century design of California architecture including the tiles, textiles and colors and applies all this to the design of her 14 patterns in the book.
What I like most about this book is that she talks about how she studied this architecture and took all the inspiration and created knit designs that reflect the period.
I say this because, as someone who has written books on the subject of knit design and who has also sat through endless speeches and lectures by and about other designer's design process--speeches that were so tedious and so lengthy that I wanted to eat my pantyhose--is that the refreshing (and pithy) essay at the beginning of Stephannie's book was worth the price of the e-book or physical book alone.
I'm serious when I write this. Stephannie is so clear and succint about the design process that I can say that I have learned from her. Even her brief discussion about mood boards is a revelation.
Meanwhile . . . I have this yarn from Cephalopod Yarns. This one is Bugga! I must do something with it but I still haven't decided. Thoughts from readers are totally encouraged.
I was thinking about a cap for my Pilates instructor but I love orange so much I just might have to keep it.