Or alternatively, am I crazy? LOL With a new yarn just having been delivered I got the grand idea that designing something for the yarn would be a fantastic idea so why not try it myself? Crazy I know but there's lots of times where I just throw caution to the wind and dive right in especially when all the designers out there are so busy that it takes awhile for them to get to a design for you. Totally understandable of course - designing doesn't take 5 minutes.
Well, dive in I did indeed and what did it involve? Conceptualizing, charting and frustration...LOL First off it's pretty easy to set up a blank chart for a shawl but that's not where it ends...now you have to fill in the chart with stitches that come from what you are visualizing. Well, let's just say I sat and stared at the chart for quite some time before I decided to just jump in and start adding stitches to see where it would take me. From there, it just wasn't working out so I scrapped a couple of ideas and finally settled on something that I thought was "cool".
Now what? I knit up a teeny tiny swatch of maybe half the design just to "see" what it did. Once that was done, I realized it wasn't such a bad little idea for stitches so from there, I cast on and am anxiously waiting to see where the design takes me...hopefully somewhere?
I have cast on and am going to just throw caution to the wind to see what happens when I knit my simple design for a shawl. It may be a total disaster or it may turn out lovely - either way, I know I'll learn a lot along the way and sometimes the best way to learn is just to get your feet wet.
And before I close, I wanted to show you my new best friend - a filing cabinet! I am not kidding either - this lovely little rolling filing cabinet has made me that much more organized this year already. Definitely makes the organizer inside me very very happy. Now to make sure I stay organized throughout the year - I'm trying not to repeat this year's episode of taking 5 days to get organized for filing taxes. If I organize all throughout the year, that should put me ahead of the tax game next year, yes? Ah, the simple things in life are sometimes the most exciting.
Have yourself a great week! Maybe I'll have a nice design to show in the coming weeks or I'll have given up entirely...wish me luck!