Friday, November 25, 2011
This is a sketch of my baby. It's a crocheted skirt. I got the idea when I was working on a swatch for a baby blanket. I wasn't in love with the colors that I had available to me, so I went to the shop and found a pretty heathered-brown. When I started doing my 3rd swatch, I thought "this would make a fantastic skirt!", and I ended up shaping my swatch like a mini-skirt. It was so cute!
So, now that I have a few swatches, and a sketch, and a range of sizes with a general idea of how I plan to approach this baby...what's next? Well, this is where I start working on a prototype, and taking some good notes. The prototype is simply that; a prototype. The finished garment can very quite a bit, or not at all from the original concept, because sometimes designers run into issues that work fine in a one-off situation but will never work out when it needs to be duplicated in multiple sizes. I've experienced this before, and probably will again. That being said, I'm off to go crochet a few more swatches and get some ideas of row gauge to go with my stitch gauge, and then I'll come back with more photos and an idea of what worked, what didn't, and where I'm headed next.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
|me standing in socks, and Norah in 3" heels, lol|
This holiday season I'm looking forward to spending time in my kitchen with Alex. He loves to help me (although sometimes it's not quite as much help as he thinks it is). I'm going to bake cookies today with my new Pampered Chef stoneware cookie sheet. I'm going to make mashed potatoes with goat milk/butter so I can eat them. I'm going to make candied yams with the mini marshmallows and brown sugar :) And if I can find the energy...I'll be making a pumpkin pie with coconut cream instead of condensed milk so I can eat that too! Oh, and at some point in time I have to put my vegetarian pot pie in the oven so it'll be warm when I go to my MIL's :) See... I'm a considerate vegetarian, and I come to holiday events with my own main course so the chef doesn't have to sweat over what I can eat ;)
Now, I'm gonna go knit the rest of my Takoma sleeve, on my couch, sitting next to all of my boys...who are all awake at 8:57am for once.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
In other news, I heard back already on one of the submission I sent out and unfortunately they did not choose to use my design. They were very kind, letting me know that they loved my work, and hope to work with me on a future project. They just got so many submissions for this project, and lots of them were the same type of project I'd submitted (but mine is crocheted and the project actually says "knits" in the title so I'm assuming they put priority on knit designs, which makes perfect sense and I would have done the same). To be honest, I don't even know if they were accepting crocheted designs (the submission call didn't say) so I was taking a risk by sending it out, but what's the worst that can happen?... they say 'no'? Well, they said 'no', and I feel okay with that. Maybe it's because I've really thought this project through, and I created my strongest submission yet so I know I did my best work and I'm proud of it. So I know that not being chosen wasn't personal. I can see it from a business perspective, and I get it. And maybe it's because I'm an independent designer and I have another option for it :)
So, with that in mind, I've decided to give you all a glimpse into what I go through as a designer to get a design written, a sample knit (or crocheted in this case) and tested, and to get it promoted. It's an "all access backstage pass" if you will. Keep in mind, this is only my process, and other designers may work in a totally different (and more efficient, or logical) way. I'll be working on this design over the next month or so, (with breaks for Holiday Knitting and the inevitable school work), and sharing it all with you! So enjoy, and try not to judge too harshly, lol.