dream phase to pattern phase

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Since my studio time is limited these days to 1 - 2 hour blocks (sounds sadly like my sleep schedule at night!), I've been in my dreaming and scheming phase now since I released Anthology 2. This is easily one of my favorite parts of the process, so I don't mind if it lingers on a little longer than usual. Right now, I'm pairing yarns with fabrics, thinking about clothing I'd wear with certain silhouettes, and which yarns might be a good match for each sweater (or accessory). And color...I love choosing the color palette!

Above: Tinkering with the Anthology 3 line-up...
Below: A new project idea in the works for later this year...still wondering if I can pull it off...? We'll see!

Anyway, next it is time to carve out more studio time in longer chunks so I can write some patterns. I now have a rough list of all the projects I'd like to make/design this year. So for the next several weeks, I'll be in pattern writing mode. This is a time where I need to focus and concentrate...so I will try to finish this before Immie is on summer vacation!
 

dream phase

At the beginning of last year I had so many knit design ideas, they filled my calendar up for about a year. Now the year has past and those projects have been completed. I have a clean slate on my calendar for the future and I'm trying to plan my new ideas realistically. But, that's really hard because there is so much I want to do! I have had to face that my time and my brain space is not what it used to be now that Sigrid is on the scene. And that's okay—she's worth it.

Perhaps what would have been a full work load for a year is now stretched out to fill up two years instead. Slow design. I'm excited about what I have planned, though, and hope you'll all stick around as the projects unfold.

Shown above: chickadee / quince & co.
Colors from left to right: caspian, sedum, aleutian, clay, & honey