Next, I want to ask your opinion on something. I'm trying hard to get myself reinspired and energized again (I think I've got a serious case of SAD going here in rainy, gray Oregon), and I thought that it would be very interesting to do a design deconstruction over the next few months on this blog. Would you all be interested in reading about this? Here's how I see it working.
In March, I would post 4-5 sketches each week and you all could vote for your favorites each weekend. At the end of the month, I'd take the four winners and do some more sketching and swatching. I'd then ask for a vote on the winner. Once the design is chosen, I'd take you all through the process of choosing the final yarn, calculating the pattern, working up the design, etc. It would be sort of like a complete dissection of my design process.
Why would I want to do this? Well, the idea was sparked by an article in this morning's paper about blogging and how it has helped several people around the Portland area respark their creativity, lose weight, get in shape, etc. For example, a writer has decided to try something new every day and then blog about it. He's done a bunch of stuff that he never would've done without encouragement from his audience. Obviously I don't need an audience to design, but I feel like I'm a bit isolated when I'm into the heavy-duty work of pattern grading, swatching, etc. because I don't really talk about it on my blog and there aren't too many people who really understand what I'm doing. I'd love to give people a first-hand view of what I do and maybe give some insight into what's involved in putting together one of my patterns.
So...if this sounds like something you would read, let me know! I think it could end up being really fun, and it might get me to blog a little more often. We'll plan to start the first week of April with the first few sketches. Now I'm off to find some more chocolate...