For the past 3 months I’ve been cranking them out…well, quite literally in most cases. I can get so deep into my design ideas that I don’t ever come up for air – almost like I forget to breathe!
There isn’t a single design that I have made that I don’t spend days… perhaps weeks… or even months, mulling it over. In art college, our lecturer would say that “Art is never finished, but simply comes to a conclusion”. So during my mulling over, the question I ask of myself is “Have I resolved this?” “Can this design go no further?”
I’m slow at what I do – I know this. I can make quick and firm decisions about anything in life except for things that I produce. So for me, design ideas take a while to go from a concept in my head to the final written pattern. For example, if after having interrogated my designs at different angles and I am happy with the conclusion; or perhaps if I’m happy with how it wears after knitting it, only then will it go to the next stage for writing up. Size grading can depend on the method I choose to construct the garment in, so this can take a long time to write – the maths alone can put people off knitwear design as a job, let alone a hobby! But I see it as exercising the brain, so I don’t mind it really.
A few projects that have been keeping me busy lately:
Above picture – clockwise from top left: Sporty Gilet Vest (coming soon), LBW sock, Choob (coming soon, really!), Eventina – a cardi for my sister (still mulling it over), Massive Attack! Blanket (chunky version), Céri Beret, Massive Attack! Blanket (super chunky version), Refraction Shawl (gradient yarn), Refraction Shawl (variegated yarn), Bourbon Chaser (mulling-it-over is almost over!), Rupert Plaid Hat and Matterhorn Ridge Jumper.
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