Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Skill - Day2 2KCBWDAY2



What have I learned in the last year?  Gosh, so much.  I'm always learning new skills.  Every time I design something, I also learn something.  If I'm not doing something new, then I get bored, and I like each garment I knit to have some sort of challenge for me.  Keeps the gray matter working.

I love designing.  I love finding a yarn I've dyed, and then turning that bit of string into something pretty or elegant or practical.  I've been on a shawl binge for more than a year, and I'm still learning and trying things out.  

Here are some pics of stuff I've designed.  I have 2 designs that are mysteries because they are for the Light and Dark Lace club, but I can tell you that I learned more than a minimal amount with them.

Here's what I am working on:  actually writing up the design.  I really hate writing it all up, but it's just gotta get done.  So with a lot of cursing, I plod away on it.  Why is it so easy to design and such a pain in the tush to write it up?

CraftyCripple - You hit the nail on the head.  That is exactly the issue.  Two different uses of the brain.  It's a real challenge! 

Sarah - That's the first shawl for a Lace club I'm doing with Roxanne of ZenYarn Garden.  The challenge on that one was to go from the bottom to the top without running out of yarn.  I did it, too!

knitabulous - It would cost a fortune to outsource it, and anyhow, only I can read my notes and charts!

Kasia &Blogger scrapperjen - Thank you. 
Kepanie - Hard work!  I often design on the needle as I go along.  I work up graphs and try them out.  I frog a lot.


Sarah said...

Gorgeous shawls - I love the colour of the first one, it's beau-ti-FUL!

CraftyCripple said...

It's a pain because they require two completely different skill sets. To design you need to have good knitting knowledge and a creative vision to put that knowledge to good use to make something new and gorgeous. To write the pattern up you need to be articulate, meticulous and a disciplined thinker. It is hard to marry the two ways of thinking.

knitabulous said...

I don't know why but it is a complete pain to write a pattern up.

Personally, I wish I could outsource it, but I wouldn't even know where to start.

Your shawls are lovely, btw.

Kasia said...

Your shawls are so beautiful!

scrapperjen said...

Beautiful shawls!!!!

Kepanie said...

I so admire how you've been creating lace shawl designs!!! Any tips on creating a pattern out of lace?

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