Two steps back... At least I came out ahead!
The last few weeks have been... busy to say the least. Between work and family things, I have had to squeeze as much of my design work as possible into the few minutes that in have here and there. In the last two weeks I have made two prototypes for my newest pattern in the Tectonic line, and I am very pleased with how they turned out. The Tectonic Hat will be available in both crochet and knit versions, and I can't say which one I love more. Once I have a solid couple of hours to write the patterns and then get them tested, you can expect to see both patterns in my ravelry store.
On top of finishing those, I was able to start on a new shawl that I am designing, and then rip it all out. About 3 hours into the shawl I decided there were multiple issues I wanted to fix before going any further (because 3 hours wasn't too far.) Though I haven't restarted that project yet, I must say I couldn't be happier with my decision.
Starting tomorrow, I will be filming my new Curious.com course in earnest. About a month of preparation has gotten my ready to go. I will be teaching how to crochet a men's top-down seamless raglan style sweater. I am super psyched about this project, and will unveil the first lesson in about a week.
For all of these projects and their updates, check out my social media sites!
Spinzilla is over, and it was a major success not only for my team, but for me as an individual. I had modest goals this year, wanting to beat my total from last year of 2,308 yards. Not only did I beat that goal, I more than doubled it!
I finished the week with more than 7 skeins of finished, plied yarn, totaling 5,724 yards.
I am very happy with my week, not only did I finish what I wanted to for the week, I spun 7 more ounces of fiber.
Needless to say, I will have to up my goals for next year. Perhaps I should try to spin 3 pounds of fiber.
Did you participate in Spinzilla? If so, how many yards did you spin?
My wife asked me the other day how I keep track of all of the projects that I am working on. This question was coming from the woman who has memorized dozens of arias. I told her that although it may seem like it's all in my head, I have everything written down in a sketchbook.
At any given time, I probably have at least 3-4 projects in progress (usually one per medium) and most if not all are written down in my sketchbook. Many of my ideas actually start out as sketches that I end up mulling over for awhile.
One such pattern is a companion accessory to the Tectonic Cowl. In have now started the process of taking my sketches to the hook. I have chosen my yarn, Dreamy by Anzula, my hook, and now it is swatching time!
Not every project gets a spot in my sketchbook though. Often times I just pick up my needles or hook and start working. If it's a simple hat or scarf, there is no need for any written documentation.
Also, not every pattern in my sketchbook becomes a physical item. Sometimes the idea morphs into something else, or I scrap the idea entirely.
If I could give any advice to new or aspiring designers, it would be to write down as many ideas of yours as possible! Take photos, jot down notes, sketch a little shape; do anything that gets your ideas out of your head and on to paper.
Keep an eye out for the finished pattern,iIt will be available in my Ravelry pattern store!
Share your sketchbook photos with me on my social media (links at the head of the website!) I'd love to see your way of documenting your process!