Mieko Asada




Knitting & Stitching Show

The 2001 Knitting & Stitching Show:

exhibited work




about my making: I am fond of plants, and often my inspiration comes from them. My parents, especially my father, who was a keen gardener, influenced me greatly. One of his passions was taking care of chrysanthemums. This involved a lot of work, from preparing the soil through to making supports for the flowers. He seemed to take each stage so seriously and concentrated intensely, rarely speaking. I imagine that this was the only moment when he could be himself, and not just a father or a husband. Despite all his effort, he wasn't interested in showing his beautifully flowering chrysanthemums to others, but only to his family. I respect his manner of making and I would like to think I can follow his example in my knitting. 
the main elements of my knitting: I began knitting because of my children. When my children were small, I knitted most of their sweaters by myself and I was self-taught. When they grew up, however, I started to feel the need to improve my knitting skills, so that I could make much prettier knitwear for them. I decided to take a variety of knitting lessons, and to go to colleges and schools.

I thought the most important requirement for both children's and adult clothes was that they should be light weight and comfortable to wear. I still hold to the view that these two elements are essential, and this remains firmly as the basis of my knitting.
message: If my piece makes you think of 'Vine Plants', I will be very encouraged. I am very happy to be able to show my piece at Knitting & Stitching Show.