I’ve been concentrating on designing and knitting the wedding dress for my granddaughter. When I’ve finished decreases from hem to waist I’ll transfer the stitches to scrap yarn and block each panel so we can see how the skirt will look and how much “pull” the fabric will have on the length. I’ll post photos at that time—I’m thinking maybe 6 more weeks, what with holiday interruptions.
To provide some relief from such a huge project I’ve been designing a bolero. The fabric design is the diamond brocade pattern with a knit-on narrow lace edging. I’ve knit the prototype and am now working up the various sizes (called grading)—this is the hard part for me.
The first stumbling block in this process is math—never my favorite subject, but I’ve gradually been able to tame that dragon by meticulously labeling every step along the path. It’s so easy to get lost, kind of like thinking of something I need from another room, only to arrive in that room and not able to remember why I am there.
The next thing I’ve learned is to walk away, which goes completely against my natural instinct. I tend to just push and push until I get through anything that’s difficult. When designing knitwear, pushing does NOT work for me. When I hit a snag where a solution isn’t apparent after several tries, I’ve learned that is the time to walk away and let the subconscious work on the problem for a few hours or overnight. The subconscious is my friend and has saved me countless hours of frustration. Frustration and fatigue are the bedrock of mistakes. It has been a hard lesson to learn.
I’ve posted a photo of the prototype I’ve named my “Brooks Bay Bolero.” I still haven’t decided how to finish the armholes. Originally, I wanted to make it with long sleeves with flared cuffs, but finally decided I liked it better sleeveless.