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As a designer, not everything that is cast on ends up as a published pattern. Some designs will never see the lens of a camera. Most are finished, a few are at a half-way point. All have been abandoned for good reasons.

Sometimes what I envisioned doesn’t completely match what comes off the needles. I may have had to alter a stitch pattern or substitute a construction technique and the finished piece doesn’t elicit the same emotional response the imagined one did. As a designer what I most want to do is create an emotional response in the knitter.

As a knitter and sometime crocheter I want to fall in love with a design. I want the piece to make me stop cruising through the rest of the designs. I want to have the desire to click through to get more information about the project. But most designs I see elicit no emotional response in me. Yes, they may be well-designed and all, but emotionally they have no resonance. Instead I find myself looking through designs with the same dispassion as shopping for a head of lettuce. As long as the outer leaves aren’t already rotting, one head of lettuce is the same as the next.

Clever construction, a new technique are interesting, but they don’t make me feel excited about purchasing the pattern and collecting the yarn for it. I yearn for knitting and crochet that has emotional resonance.

While I’m yearning, I have enough work to do to keep me busy for a long while. Tech editing, photographing, and pulling into shape 4 patterns for the overseas company are on the front burner.

In updates: Yarn Rascal was in his glory with the small ball of merino yarn I gave him. He spent most of the day destroying playing with it. He even took it into bed with him and slept with it under his chin. I told The Skipper I think we should look into getting a merino sheep or two. The Skipper just looked at me.

I sent a PM to the shawl designer yesterday. I’ve heard nothing back. I have 4 more rows to complete and then I start the cast off for the shawl. I’m looking forward to it getting done.

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