The more I write patterns, the more I find myself seeing ideas in the everyday. I’ll stop and check out machine-made scarves and sweaters with interesting stitch patterns to see how I can make a variation for my own use.
I like that I’m honing my design skills to the point that I can now look at certain things and almost immediately get an idea of how to make my own. Take, for example, the following pictures:
I got this picture in an e-mail from a family friend [Hi, Teri!], and my first thought was, “That’s what I’ll do with all those skeins of Patons Lacette! Patons Lacette is a super-fine, slightly fuzzy yarn that Patons has discontinued. I’d planned to try and make a sweater from it, but then they cut off my supply, and I had to rethink my options. I want to use the basic construction of the tights as the starting point and make, perhaps, a shawl or openwork scarf. I don’t want such gaping holes [like on the upper left thigh], but I do very much like the idea of playing with the placement of stitches to get some sections that are more open than others.
And then there’s this sweater from Express. I happened upon it while browsing one day, and my very first thought was, “I can make that’. I really like the shape of it–the way it just skims the body, and the shape of the sleeves–and the sleeves have little silver buckles that I think take the whole look up a notch. I feel like, having accomplished my first sweater, I’m ready to tackle another, and I think this would look divine in a sportweight yarn.
My biggest concern, I think, will be the way the sleeves puff before they cinch into the cuff with the buckle. I get the feeling I’ll spend a bit of time frogging and re-stitching, but I know the final result will be well worth it.
And then there are the pictures that simply make me want to design more:
Being a busty, hippy, small-waisted type, I absolutely adore this dress [and the actress in it]. I’ve been staring at this picture on and off for days wondering if it’s possible to recreate it with yarn. Even if I can’t, there’s so much well-placed shaping on display that I know it’s going to inspire me for days. Possibly weeks. Maybe even months. It’s an interesting, unique-looking dress that makes Christina Hendricks look like even more of a bombshell than she already is. How could that not be inspiring?
What inspires you, dear reader?