Archive for March 31st, 2016

Things have calmed a bit. In the lull, I’ve been able to mess up work on finalizing the New Rugby Sweater. It should see the light of publishing next week. What’s basically held this up is my dithering over page design and general layout of my patterns. Now that I have the logo I want some standardization of the way the pages look from pattern to pattern.

What I’ve come up with might stun you. After all this time I’ve reached the conclusion that a knitting pattern is a knitting pattern. Knitters buy it to make the item. They need a clean layout that easily shows the stages of the project with lettering that won’t make their eyes cross and headings that are easily recognizable. It’s meant to be understood at a glance. A pattern is not a brochure.

The next item that needs attention is writing up the Feelin’ Groovy Sweater. Yes I am finally at that point. The proto type is done. I do like the way it turned out. I will be looking for test knitters by next week. Pictures of the sweater are coming.

At the moment nothing pressing is on the needles. I have two pairs of socks: one toe up the other cuff down in progress, my spring sweater’s back is waiting to be finished, and the Rock Island Shawl is still in a time out, a Shetland inspired baby blanket is still waiting, but instead I have turned my attention to a vintage 1920s baby sweater design and cap that’s been rolling around in my head for what seems like forever. I’ve sketched out the idea. Ruffles on collar and cuffs, with a few inches of smocking on the sleeves and across the upper part of the chest. The problem is that ruffles and smocking don’t go well with the yarn I really want to use. I’ve gone up down and all around with needle sizes, but it’s the yarn. It doesn’t want to ruffle and it doesn’t want to show off the smocking. So I am in need of another yarn. The problem of course is which yarn. Hence, I am without an immediate project. The weird thing is I am not in angst over not having a project. I rather like not having to pick up needles and yarn. This is, of course, worrisome behavior.

Now that I don’t necessarily sit down with yarn and needles before the television, I really can’t help but watch the news and take it in. I find that disturbing. I also get to see all the commercials and experience how trite and stupid they are. Hundreds of television channels and not a thing to watch. How did civilization come to this? I realize there is a lot I don’t take in when I am knitting and perhaps it is the best way to watch television. Otherwise I feel like I am wasting my time.

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