Friday, April 16, 2010

Going with the Flow.

I am so excited, most of my fabulous test knitters are done and I am doing the final edits on my current pattern.  After that, I am going to send it off to be tech edited.  This is the first pattern that I am using a tech editor for and I can't wait to learn more about the process!  My goal is to have Vixen ready before the end of the month.

In between all the editing, I have been slowly making progress on my first sweater design.  So far, so good!  Plus I am knitting it up in madelinetosh pashmina, a decadent merino, silk and cashmere blend.  I am anxious about the size grading, but there are some wonderful knitters that have offered to give me advice when I am ready to tackle that aspect of pattern writing.   Just another reason I love Ravelry!

The other day I told my father about my few design accomplishments and many aspirations.  He said it was about time!  Funny, he said that it is about time I am doing something I love.  Obviously, my dad is awesome and is super proud of me for taking a chance and following my heart.  It is always wonderful, even when you aren't a child anymore, that a parent can be so encouraging and supportive.  You would have thought I had found the key to world peace instead of designing a few patterns!

I am just going to keep riding the wave of inspiration I have been on lately.  There are so many great people that have helped me start on this journey and continue to cheer me on along the way.  I am so thankful for them and that I have this opportunity to create!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Another Prototype Done!

I just finished taking pictures of my newest prototype, Vixen.  The pattern is in rough draft stage right now, and hopefully I'll be able to get it test knit soon.  I am not sure yet if I am going to self publish this pattern or submit it to some knitting publication...obviously it would have to be one that doesn't care if you've shown pictures of it before publishing!  I guess I'll decide once I hear what the testers think!

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Unfortunately I did not meet my goal to only work on that one project until the end of last month.  Actually, I didn't touch it.  I swear I have the attention span of a flea!

The design bug has bitten again and I decided not to resist.  I get these ideas and am not scared to knit them up, like I used to be! I am just over halfway through the prototype for another shawl.  The yarn is just gorgeous, Becoming Art's Cielo Fingering.  I got it from the fiber fix in the colorway, "Rich."  It is so fun to watch the design develop and the colors change!

Hopefully I will get the shawl finished up soon and get the pattern written.  Then (maybe) I can finish up all the WIPs that are hanging around.  That will end the vicious cycle of feeling guilty about neglecting them while I work on a design and resenting working on them when I could be designing.  It is amazing how an enjoyable, relaxing craft can make me so neurotic!