I’ve been test-knitting a size run of my Pretty Little Things , and writing up & refining the pattern as I go. Technical writing is a very interesting thing, and really I never thought it would appeal to me. Yet now that I’ve done a few relatively simple patterns and relaxed a little since the last one , and now that it’s already into Autumn, I’m beginning to ‘chill out’ as they say. Its really not a very big deal if I decided to write my patterns my way.
After all, I’m not competing with anybody but myself. As thoughtfully and as precisely as possible, and in as standardized words as necessary, I’ll convey the instruction, however, I will allow my own voice to speak through the technical. I can’t even begin to know if an idea that came to me is completely original or even a little, or not at all. Degrees of originality don’t factor in, nor can they be measured.
I must be simply be in my own skin, and focus on communicating my idea and not worry and fret how others have done it, or said it, or written it before. My only wish for myself is that I communicate well and am artful.
There is suddenly in this Age of Indie Knit Design, a refreshing lack hard-core rules and so a wonderful freedom abounds. Especially so with indie design which bleeds over into creative writing. Oh, yeah, and lately I’ve been enjoying the creative writing style of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee immensely, reading-while-knitting I might add ! Her comedic book “Knitting Rules” has given me so much more confidence within myself to soldier on, in my own style, knowing that its okay to be different. I will learn one fine day at a time, and one design at a time.
here’s a second pair of “Pretty Little Things” socks !
It’s almost ready to go, so you can expect pattern to pop up in the days ahead!
( Forgive me the unavoidable clinging dog hair in the photos, if you have noticed even at all. We, and the yarn, and All Things Knitted, share hermitage here with a German Shedder Dog, and the hair being all over the house, hiding in every shadow ready to ambush any and all dog-hair-magnets. We have had to just surrender to it. )