So I have been designing jewelry since I can remember. I love working with the colors and the wire and create new and amazing things. I especially like it when I make something that I was not expecting and it turns out better than that I originally planned. I know I get frustrated but I go with the flow and surprise something amazing happens. Or I scratch it all and put the wire in my to be recycled bag...now on to knitting.
I started knitting last year. You know to make things for lil' R.* What I loved most was looking through pattern books. Immediately thinking of how I could tweak this or that. I scavenged how to design things, and read patterns for fun.
Fast forward to the beginning of the month. I was talking to Dee, of Posh Yarn, and we were chatting about her silk boucle (which I think is an amazing and unique yarn) and how she needed a pattern for it. I busted out - "I could work one up for you" So we chatted and it was figured out that I would be designing something out of this yarn I have seen, had in my stash , but alas never yet knit. I would take what I had on the cruise and start playing with it while Dee dyed up a colorway of her choice and mail it across the pond to me. Well the new yarn got here on Friday and I started. Quickly I discovered I did not like my chosen stitch with this yarn. I was wondering and worrying about what I had gotten myself into. I was feeling REALLY down about the whole situation. I went to knit with my girlfriend and she agreed yarn lovely, stitch would normally be lovely, but these two were not a marriage at all. Well I sat there and pondered. I brought a ball to swatch and spare needles in my size and just casted on. I decided to just knit and knit simple garter stitch. I knew that reverse stockinette highlighted this fabric. I thought maybe just maybe garter stitch would give me the thickness and the stiffness I was looking for. Well 5 rows in was promising. 10 rows in it was confirmed GARTER stitch it was!!!!! The design has now changed. I am going with the flow. I am so excited about this project now. I have a renewed since of hope and excitement for what is flying off my needles. Just what I feel like I was born to do. Designing and changing and working with my materials and making something to highlight them something entirely new.
Good gawd I am seriously a dork I know!
*yes I know I have only finished two items for him...but lets not go there.