I had a great Fall 2013 planning meeting with Susan Mills, Creative Director of Classic Elite Yarns, the distributor for Color By Kristin this week. Susan and I have worked together for many years and it is so nice that we are once again working together now that my yarn is with CEY. We cooked up dozens of handknit pattern ideas in a short time. Only problem is ideas are easy - it is the sitting down, swatching, writing the pattern and then knitting it that takes so long.
I often think that there are "idea people" and there are "doing people." "Ideas" are easy - at least for me. I come up with new ideas all the time. Some are good and some get thrown out the window. Some are good but there is no time to make the project happen. It's the "doing" that takes commitment, hours - days - months of working to get to the finish line and actually produce a finished project whether a book, a knitting pattern or just a pair of mittens.
The other day I overheard some knitters talking at our local library. They were talking about the price of yarn, number of balls needed for a sweater, etc. The scope of the conversation was that they weren't willing to plunk down $100 for a project that in the end might not fit them. I thought about this all the way home and the entire next day as I was working on a photography project. Do all knitters think this way? Do they not want to risk their hard earned dollars on big projects? Is it more fulfilling to knit smaller things where fit isn't a big problem? After all if a hat doesn't fit someone it is easy to find a head it will actually fit!
Interesting thing for me to think about as a handknit designer. I'm always trying to figure out what to design next. What do you think? Do you knit sweaters or only little things? Would love to hear your thoughts if you have the time.
I'm almost finished with the two pairs of Sebastian gloves I have been working on. Here they are - just waiting for some embroidery to make them more colorful. Pattern is available here.
I'm also working on a Knit It Felt It Tech Cozy. I'm doing the "random" colorway in shades of blues, purples, chartreuse, and gold. This is it before felting. Looks a mess, doesn't it?
Here's the inside with all the color change ends hanging. Nice thing is you don't have to weave in the ends because they will tangle together when felted.
I'll felt it this weekend and share it with you soon. Love this pattern from my PDF Collection. Comes in 4 sizes to cover all kinds of techie things. Each size includes instructions for both Fair Isle and solid versions. Makes a nice addition for a holiday tech gift you may be giving someone. You can buy it in my Shop Here or on Ravelry Here.
Have a great weekend everyone!