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July 21, 2005

in which i stick my toe into pattern design

the beginning of an unknown sweater!
i have been thinking about this for a while, or more specifically, the last couple months after i was gifted these wonderful yarns by my dear friend. i know that with the quantities and colors, i can easily make a couple pairs of mittens and hats and be done with it. however, i feel that these yarns wanted to be more than just accessories. these beautiful colors can be carefully blended into a beautiful sweater. and it will be a colorful sweater.

i'm calling this my first serious sweater design and sure it will probably be more challenging than i think, however, we knitters welcome challenges! it'll be fun, it'll be rewarding and definitely worthwhile.

so, my friends, this will marked the beginning of the pattern design adventure from a novice.

here's a few ideas i'm thinking:

- make this sweater a funky one, use tom tom, oilily and missoni as inspirations
- avoid, during the process, turn it into a cheap wal-mart-like sweater
- use common sense and avoid fancy stuff. make it simple and straight forward
- make it fit, slim fit; and take plenty of notes
- always remember to have fun
- will come out loving knitting more, not the reverse

with help from another norweigan blogger i was able to acquire more of these lovely yarns. i guess i'm all set to go!

babysilk from norway! (courtesy of S T R I K K E R)


Oh, you're so brave. I can't wait to see the final design and then the finished project. The colors are great and you will make them into something marvelous. Don't let it drive you crazy!

Wow, looks like you're really going for it! Very exciting. Me, I'm still feeling adventurous when I do just minor pattern adjustments. Good luck!

I love your list of design ideas; inspirations and remembering to have fun are so important. It could be a beautiful sweater with that yarn. Have you thought including any fair isle?

You are right. Those colors are destined to be more than just accesories. I think the sweater will be cute. Just use some other patterns as a reference for getting the fit right and you should be okay. I've designed a few sweaters and the hardest thing is remembering to stop and write down what you did. I can't wait to see it.

I love that yarn and think that you have some wonderful ideas going! I can't wait to see what you end up with!

how exciting! i can't wait to see your progress. that yarn looks really, really lovely!

Gorgeous yarns! Can't wait to see your design...it will never be a walmart sweater...you can't buy a sweater knit from your hands at walmart!

How exciting!!! I have always dreamed of doing something like that but I don't have the guts to go and try it. I am looking forward to see your progress from start to finish. I am sure the result will be fabulous. Good luck!!!

This is soooo exciting!! I'm sure you'll come up with something fabulous and then everybody is going to want the pattern and you'll then decide to sell it and make millions off of it...To be continued.

WOW! You are brave. I look forward to seeing it in progress and of course the fabulous end result.

love the colours, it will turn out so oilily - you could go to their website for inspiration.

this is going to be amazing. i can't wait to see how it turns out.

The yarn is gorgeous! I love all of those colors. The sweater design looks great! Good luck and keep us posted!!!

I just adore those colors--they are so happy :) Good luck!

beautiful yarn - can't wait to see how this turns out

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