My current main work in progress: Gauge Swatch Robot.
I LOVE robots, rocket ships, Flash Gordon, any sort of 1940s/50s Atomic Age design kitsch. And I have a daughter so I deplore that all the robot-related kid stuff is squarely marketed at boys. So when I ran across this little sweetie on Pinterest, I was smitten.
Unrelatedly, as I’ve decided to start designing I thought I’d spend my in-front-of-the-TV knitting time working through a stitch dictionary (it was the first one I saw at the library). So I’ve amassed a pile of swatches and was thinking I ought to do something with them.
Also mostly unrelatedly, I have a mixed-media robot I started making a year or two ago (:embarrassed face:) and set aside. And it occurred to me — “robots are made of squares.” And thus the idea of the Gauge Swatch Robot was born.
This is what I have done so far.
Impressive, right? Problem being that gauge swatches aren’t usually uniform in size (well, some folk’s probably are all exactly 4×4, but those folks aren’t me). Plus, that yarn I made the swatches out of is kind of gross. So for my sample I’m knitting roughly a squillion (36) new pattern squares of various sizes.
I have a few other ideas swirling around. Next up: the Increase-Decrease Sampler Scarf (sounds electrifying, doesn’t it? I bet you’re on the edge of your seat).
“Hello. My name is Laura and I am a hand knit designer.”
Okay, I’m totally not. I am a 40ish stay-at-home-mom with a three-and-three-quarters-year-old daughter and a 12-week-old son. I live on seven lovely but weed-covered acres in North Idaho that I hope someday to turn into a lushly landscaped garden (well, maybe not ALL seven acres) and grow most of my family’s fruit and veg (if I can keep the stinkbugs and the *^&%ing deer off it). My house is a mess. Many, many days it’s all I can do to feed and put clean clothes on my family. My to-do list is — well, it’s long and boring, like everyone else’s. I’ve been knitting since I was a child and am pretty skilled (she said modestly), but know jack squat about design, Heck, it was only a few years ago I learned there was more than one way to cast on and bind off.
But I *want* to be a knit designer. And I think it might be interesting to others who want to too to (Holy run-on tos, Batman!) see my process from complete design novice to wildly successful multi-jillionaire designer to the stars. Or possibly to becoming completely demoralized and giving up. One or the other.