Thinking about designing your own items? So many choices.
I approach it in 2 different ways. My choices are….. Do I use a particular YARN? ……Or do I approach it from the desired ITEM? Is it a need, a want, or a challenge?
All Yarns are not the same. The variety that we can access, is mindboggling. Origins from all over the globe. They are thick and they are thin, they are synthetically made or natural animal or plant. We can combine them to make them thicker. We can ply the colours for a new shade. We can make them suitable for use on the knitting machine, i.e. rewinding Handknitting yarn into cakes.
Read the ball bands on the handknitting yarns. The clues are there. What did the spinning mill designers feel was most suitable for that particular yarn. Of course, we be experimental and use it differently in our designs with stunning results.
Next, I think of a suitable stitch. Will it be a nice weight for my item? Will it complement the yarn. Is the colour suitable? Do I want a pumpkin orange felted purse? The answer might be, yes. Do I want a pumpkin orange hat? Maybe no. Do I want to add another colour to the mix. Black or blue trim, or none at all. Some fairisle as an accent trim or the body of the item?
Do I want to follow someone else’s pattern design? Is the yarn readily available in my Stash? Can I substitute? Is my knitting machine suitable for the technique?
Is the item within my skill set, or is this project suitable to improve my skill?
Is it suitable for my chosen yarn? The Drape, the body, the eventual care and maintenance? Think, baby blankets.
The dreaded swatch. So necessary, if you want your project to be successful. There is
no point in spending $$$ for yarn and no satisfactory result. Although, all is not lost, it can be unravelled and repurposed. The testing may bring out wonderful attributes or turn out to be, an unsuitable use of the yarn.
ENJOY the journey. We never know where the road will take us.
Mary Anne Cutler,
Yet Another Canadian Artisan, 2020