The inspiration is the green, usually in various stages of rust, of the China Shipping containers I see in nearly every container ship photo and shipyard. I chose the colors of Bugga! for China Shipping when I was at The Verdant Gryphon open house, knowing that they would be a China Shipping-based project, but not knowing what the project would be.
Here are some of the inspiration photos, which both fascinate and frighten me. Global trade can be scary, for the environment, for labor, for the economy. However, there's something magical about huge amounts of cargo circling the globe toward their ultimate destinations.
What better place to take photos than my new neighborhood in Baltimore?
If you're part of the Container Ships club, you've already received the pattern. If you're not, you can join and receive China Shipping and the previous three Container Ships patterns, as well as future patterns (I'm currently at work on an accessory) for $13:
The individual pdf for China Shipping is now available through The Verdant Gryphon. It will be available as a pdf on Ravelry in a month. Because the colors I used are not standard Verdant Gryphon colors, you can special order them through Monday! AND you get 5% off when you order three or more skeins of Bugga! in ANY colors (think of the possibilities for this cardigan!).
The colors are:
A: Canada Darner
B: Owl Moth
C: Blue Duke
See them here.
Now it's time to DYE SOME YARN AT VERDANT GRYPHON!