Today I'm writing because the new Holiday Gifts issue just came out. You can see the preview here (and scroll down to see the Sweetheart Socks if you want to know why this is a big deal for me). Not only that, but when I went to Twisted last night to teach, I got to see the hard-copy issue and not only are the socks in there, but the scarf I designed for Classic Elite is on the back cover! The pink cable-and-lace Lush scarf? That's mine! That was a nice surprise. The other nice thing about the new magazine coming out is that I know I'll soon be getting my designer's copy in the mail along with a check (even though I did the design work about six months ago, we don't get paid until the issue comes out).
This helps to make up for the fact that the sweaters I'm trying to design for the January TNNA aren't cooperating. I was using the Craft Yarn Council sizing standards, adding in standard ease (since I hate things that are too tight), and they're turning out way too big. I'd be curious to know what you all think of their measurements and whether they seem too big or just right to you... Another sample that I just seamed together is waaaay too low in the neck - I wasn't intending for it to require something to be worn underneath it but the way it's falling right now, it would definitely need something to avoid showing off the sternum like a Hollywood starlet at the Oscars... Sigh...back to the drawing board! The good news is that the lace tunic that I seamed together last night is perfect. One out of four ain't bad, eh?
It's a constant learning process and one of the most important things about being a designer is learning not to fear ripping. More often than not, things just don't work out right the first time. Or the second. Sometimes things don't ever work out until drastic changes are made. Sometimes the yarn just won't cooperate, but another yarn works fabulously for what I have in mind. These are all things I'm continuing to explore and discover, and the more I learn the more I realize I don't know!
Gosh I've gotten philosophical lately. On a totally unrelated note, we got three eggs yesterday. That means our late layer has finally gotten busy! Yahoo! Needless to say, we had omelets for dinner. Yum!