Huzzah! It is finished! After nearly 6 months of work, this sweater is DONE.
I tried two new things for this drawing, texture and colored lines.
It’s another WIP Wednesday. I’m still working on my Cersei Howl. The project is 50% complete, and the hood should not take that long to complete. I might actually have matching accessories this year.
Ages ago, I knit a pair of fingerless gloves out of this beautiful red cashmere yarn. The Howl matches them perfectly. I love these gloves so much. It’s like the goddess of soft things made the yarn perfectly for them.
This month, I begin swatching for the 2018 Fall/Winter season. Approximately half of those swatches are done, too, which means I’m on track. There are 13 designs coming out this year.
There are two designs I needed to push back from spring to early fall. Finding test knitters for an April release during the holidays is bananas. Don’t do it! Everyone is knitting for family and friends or taking a break. Come the February, I will have three patterns to test right off the batt. If you want to be a tester, please fill out the form on this page and I will enter you into the database.
Illustrations are going well. I’ve been working on January’s desktop calendar. There have been a lot of edits to the original sketch, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary. If you’re one of my tweeps, you’ve seen a sneak peak of what’s going on. If you’re not, please check me out on Twitter. This first desktop calendar will be free to all, but they will be subscriber-only freebies.
The great debate is whether to create patreon account or do a mailing list subscription for the freebies. I’m kind of hesitant to create a patreon account this early in the game. However, I want to do a twitch.tv account by the end of February. So, that too is a work in progress. I’ll update more on this soon.
I hope you had an awesome Wednesday!
This is the second post of a three post series on my design process. If you would like to read the previous post, please, click here. The next step in the process is sketching how I envision the final product and making additional notes. There is a lot of practice required for this stage, but best of all, anyone can do it.
Designing for the new year has begun, so I’m going to talk about my design process. Like many artist processes, it’s not plug and play. The first three steps in my process are finding inspiration, sketching, and swatching.
Today was supposed to be another Wordless Wednesday post, but I’m sick. My son is bringing all of his pre-school projects and germs home to share, again. It is the third time in three months that he’s caught a cold. That means that this is the third time I’ve also caught his cold.
It’s very nerve-wracking when you’re trying to work, even if it is from home. Today, we also had a snow storm. There was no shot of doing anything except watching good movies, snuggling, cleaning Mr. H. B. Brew, medicating, and knitting.
I feel like that part of The Matrix, where Neo is roaming, and all the other people are passing him by at light speed. Their images are fuzzy at best. It’s like tunnel vision, but objects may appear faster than they really are. The oblivious nature of this cold condition really sucks because the congestion hasn’t begun.
Imagine waiting for a pizza delivery, only it’s cold, disgusting and the cook may have spit on it. That is what waiting for sinus congestion is like when you’re already showing visible signs of being sick (fever, airheaded). You know it’s coming, and it’s going to be gross.
People tell me that this is normal for the first year of pre-school. To which I reply, “What? You have got to be kidding me!” This is no way to lead a life. It’s not a wonder why children in the past were lucky to survive.
Well, here we are now surviving. I just wish this wasn’t hitting right around Christmas. My previous colds and sinus infections impact my hearing. For some reason, my ears just don’t drain adequately but seldom become infected. So, there is a great chance I won’t be hearing what people are saying during Christmas gatherings and feasts.
Yes, this is turning into more of a rant. It just goes to show how much I hate being sick. I don’t use the word hate lightly, but with snow and being sick… I use the word.
Snow has a purpose. I completely understand animals use it to burrow and keep warm. It is an insulator for pipes when the temperature is extremely low. I just really dislike snow and the cold. Unfortunately, I didn’t choose the Midwestern life, it chose me.
Anyways, I’ll be posting more Wordless Wednesdays in the future, but probably not until the new year as this sickness runs its course.
Have a happy holiday season!