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!
I have always had a bit of a soft spot for dyeing yarn and fiber. At the end of the summer, I felt the need to pull out some blank Merino wool and dye it.
I came up with two colorways that were inspired by past travels of mine. The first, New England Tide, was inspired by a trip I took to Revere Beach in Boston, MA. The deep blues and greens of the Atlantic have stuck with me ever since that summer trip.
Just a month ago, on my honeymoon, my wife and I went to the Georgia O'Keefe museum in New Mexico. There we saw images of her Ghost Ranch studio and her vividly painted landscapes. This was the inspiration behind the Ghost Ranch colorway. Earthy tones of warm yellows, oranges, reds, greys and browns transport you to the dusty landscape of New Mexico.
Both of these colorways are available in my Etsy store for $20.00 for 4oz.
I have more colorways planned, but first, I need to get through Spinzilla. This is a contest that is taking place in October (6th-12th) that involves teams around the world spinning as much yarn as they can. I am on team Schacht Spindle Company, and am absolutely psyched to try and break my record from last year of 2,302 yards.
Are you participating in Spinzilla this year? What are your goals? What are you spinning? Let me know in the comments!