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Initial swatch to see how things would look.

Initial swatch to see how things would look.

Designing is a bit like falling down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. The Queen of Hearts is my internal editor. She can hack to pieces an idea before it’s fully formed or kill it after it’s formed. Her main goal is just to do away with it. While the Queen of Hearts is censoring ideas, the White Rabbit constantly whizzes by to remind me that I am running late, taking too much time, the project will never be realized, better to move on to something else. That’s the point when the Mad Hatter enters the melee and time stops along with any progress. I get stuck. Stuck. Stuck. Stuck. At this point, I travel the same path over and over. Passageways that seem to lead somewhere disappointingly circle back to the Pavilion of Stuck. The Cheshire Cat will make an appearance at some point. His grin, charming; his answers enigmatic, yet I will follow them as if I understand.

And that’s where I am ladies and gentlemen. The Queen’s been chopping up ideas right and left. The White Rabbit is on my tail about getting a move on, and here I stand stranded with the Mad Hatter in the Pavilion of Stuck. All this over the yarn I’ve already chosen and the search for the main stitch pattern for the smock.

The yarn I selected is 100% alpaca in a light fingering weight. Cue the song Edelweiss from the movie The Sound of Music that keeps playing in my head, particularly the lyric “Blossoms of snow may you bloom and grow, bloom and grow forever.” Alpaca is notorious for blooming and growing.

(An aside here. I find it highly disturbing personally, yet very interesting from a scientific psychiatric stand point, that I can remember all the words to a song from a movie I saw once as a kid and didn’t like, and yet it takes me 15 minutes of searching to remember where I just laid my reading glasses.)

I chose the alpaca for it’s blooming and was sure I could tame it’s growing with the proper stitch pattern. So far, I have tried 15 different texture stitch patterns for the body of the garment. All collide with the checkered boarder. Stockinette Stitch works fine, but it will exacerbate the alpaca’s tendency to grow. I tried Linen Stitch and because the weight of the yarn is light it tends to make a fabric that is stiffer and has less drape than I want. Today I am going to try the Half Linen Stitch. After that I am going to wait for the Cheshire Cat with his grin to show up. I will listen carefully to what he says, pretend I understand it and follow it to the best of my ability.

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