Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Designin' Ol' School
If you can't see it, no one else will.
However, if you would have told me then that I would be writing a blog post about my notebooks and patterns now, today, I would have thought you completely crazy! I wouldn't have even known what a blog was!
The really wonderful part of all of this is how that process has carried over to the way I design today. Students ask so often where I work and how I work. Honestly I think they just want a glimpse into this somewhat 'mysterious' career I've made for myself and what a typical day looks like for a knitting instructor and designer (see...say it often and that's what you'll become...*insert big smile*).
Every day is different and I start by creating a to do list by priority and then get into the flow of things, meaning I remind myself to breathe and just keep moving. In this way I don't overwhelm myself with all I there is to accomplish.
Designing a pattern, especially for a class, takes the ultimate concentration for me though. While I have written many things amid the chaos and distractions of everyday life, I know myself well and I do try to carve out designated design time each week that can be solely devoted to this particular endeavor. I need to.
I am by far a morning person and so it stands to reason that I would have the most energy and creative flow in the early part of the day. Generally I am up with the chickens and I particularly love the spring and summer months when the sun is up with me. The light comes flooding into my dining room and that is where I like to set myself up for a little design time. It's quiet and peaceful and just the right recipe for being creative.
Finessing Fair Isle Workshop and the pattern and project that go with the class. Fair Isle is a sub category of stranded knitting and this is by far one of the most popular topics I teach. In the past, my students learned the nuances of Fair Isle knitting by making a cute headband with a simple snowflake motif.
next Tuesday's workshop, I would have the students make a Fair Isle hat instead. I had loosely written this hat pattern for Week 3 of my 4-Week Knit in Color class and have taught it many times. I often revamp and refresh tried and true favs with a new detail of some kind and that's exactly what I was working on this morning.
Coffee in one of my favorite mugs purchased at the Brown Sheep store, yarn and needles, a pretty handmade ring marker, glasses, and of course notebook, pencil and eraser all laid out in front of me are the perfect formula for banging out a new idea in short order. I also had my Kindle Fire handy to jot down blog notes and ideas as I went along.
It all depends on my mood.
Today the warmth of the sun, the smell of the coffee, the wool, and my eraser, were all too enticing. I didn't want to get out the computer. That just didn't seem to fit. I wanted to enjoy the simplicity of jotting down each row, each stitch as I did it, working and reworking the pattern until I was happy with it. And hopefully in turn my students will be happy with it as well.
Ask me again how much I love what I do...
Hope to see you in class!