Reflecting on my life of where I've been and what I've done, I am thankful for: my fun-loving son (who keeps me young), a supportive and loving if not slightly dysfunctional family, and host of really good friends. And then there is what do I see myself doing down the road? I've discovered that I really enjoy knitting, learning new knitting techniques, patterns and designs, scouring my LYS for new arrivals, and seeing what I can create with the different fibers I find.
Seeing my creations being worn and appreciated gives me a sense of satisfaction and success, something I haven't felt in a long time at the "day job". At the "day job" I'm a secretary and I've been in an administrative support role in one form or another for over 20 years and I feel I've done all I'm going to do in this field of work. Oh I'm sure there is more to learn out there, but at this point, I'm really not looking to advance up the corporate ladder. I'm happy where I am in my life at the "day job", I tell my friends and family that I work to afford my yarn addiction.
Now I'm at a point where I'm ready to discover more with my creative side. And that would include, creating my own knit-wear designs. Five years ago, I learned to knit, at the same time I taught myself (with lots of trial and error) how to read patterns. Of course that was before I discovered there is a vast community of knitters, spinners, and hookers (those who crochet) out there! I became a regular at my LYS and anything I didn't understand I asked the experts there or some of my knitting friends.
Lately though, I've been feeling the itch to design. When I see a particular knit item in a store, I think, I can make that or something close to it. I have tried my hand at it and feel I want to venture into it a lot more and the two scarf patterns below is what I've done so far, one is a combination seed stitch, with a garter stitch and basketweave stitch along the ends. What I liked about this pattern is that there isn't a wrong side, both sides are the same.
|Seed stitch & modified basketweave design|
in Lion Brand Wool-Ease, Color: Wheat
(86% acrylic, 10% wool, 4% rayon)
|Close-up - a copy of this|
pattern is available on the
sidebar under *Patterns
by Knitter Mama*
|Close-up of horizontal 2x2 ribbed scarf with garter stitch|
edging made with Sirdar Denim Chunky
in Starling (off-white) and Vintage (charcoal)
|Same design in Berocco Comfort Chunky|
in burgundy and black with matching
2x2 ribbed hat
|Great stitch library|
section for beginners
|My designing goal: to be published!|