Gauge Swatch Robot — And Hello!

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.

The original photo I pinned is gone from the website I first saw it on (which is in Icelandic of all things), so if anyone knows the originator of this little darling, please let me know!

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.

Well, maybe “pile” is a bit of an exaggeration. I have one more somewhere.

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.

An unfinished stockinette square. The whole internet yawns in unison.

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.

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