Sunday, January 16, 2005

The loneliness of the long-distance designer

Well, the Design That Dare Not Speak Its Name (yes, Linda, it's your belated Christmas present!) is gathering speed and starting to look almost like a real garment! Forgive my air of disbelief, but this is the first time I've designed anything where the size and shape are more important than simply hoping a hat won't pop off someone's head, or that a scarf won't strangle them :)

I can heartily recommend Maggie Righetti's 'Sweater Design In Plain English', and I only wish I'd had it when I was making the original plans for this item. It's only two-thirds finished, and already I'm adjusting the pattern for changes I would make next time. I think that's the nature of the beast, though - inspiration doesn't strike in nice neat packets, nor at convenient times! I would love to be able to try it on the recipient, but she is 350 miles away, and anyway it would spoil the surprise....

Richard's alien cushion got finished just in time for him to take it back to University. I'm hoping for a photo so that I can show all my loyal readers (yes, both of you!) how it turned out. I was really pleased with the ephemeral effect it created, especially once it was slightly stretched and curved over the cushion form.

The nummy yarn mittens also got finished, but I wasn't happy with the pattern (one from a book, and not my own). Soooo...... now it's in a big ball waiting for my 6mm dpns to arrive, so that I can try it as socks! It is amazingly forgiving about being unpicked - this is the second time I've done it.

Finally, Richard's dad, Paul, requested a beanie, so I designed a simple style to use up some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran I had sitting around. Unfortunately it wasn't enough, so I'm now waiting for more supplies. One day I'll learn how to estimate yarn requirements :)

1 comment:

Sarah said...

It is amazingly forgiving about being unpicked - this is the second time I've done it.You don't know how glad I am to hear that... :)