It occurs to me that designing for knitwear – at least for me – is really an exercise in knediting. (BTW, it is my prerogative to make up words on my blog.)
My designs typically start with a yarn & a project idea. I find it difficult to seek out “the perfect yarn” for a particular project idea. Instead I will have a beloved, inspiring yarn (or yarns) and a general idea of what I will knit. Next I swatch & sketch – knediting as I go – adjusting the swatch, changing needle size, changing the stitch pattern slightly (or drastically), updating the sketch. There is usually some (or much) frogging – ripping – restarting.
I take plentiful notes. Even if I am not intending to share/publish the pattern, I try to keep notes in case something doesn’t work and I need to go back and change things. Notes help me identify what I should fix and how far back to frog.
Last night’s knediting found me whipping up a new sample for an old design. As I am updating old patterns I am discovering that I have lost the original files to an old computer. I can pull the text from the published PDFs but I need new photos. The original Noro version of Really Want You in My World (Step by Step cowl) was gifted long ago. A new sample was thus required. It has become my MO to first turn to handspun yarns. This skein of bulky BFL locks was begging to model the design. Who am I to argue with yarn. It just happened to match the CD I had decided to include in the photo this time. (Last time it was still in storage while we were between homes.)
Previously I had hinted at the name-origin in my description. With this round of photos I was explicit.
Stepping up. Engaging. Check.
Updating patterns – one down… (several more mid-edit).