In the new year, I set myself a challenge to design and knit a group of gloves that I would enter for an exhibition with the deadline of 1st March. Well, the challenge is completed, the entry is sent off, even though it hasn’t turned out as I expected.
I decided to machine knit so that I could make a group of gloves. In previous years I’ve hand knitted and made either two or three pairs in this period. The odd thing is that I still only made 7 pairs of gloves or mitts as I spent a lot of time researching and designing the range.
I actually went down some blind alleys too, and then had to start again … and in between times life intervened.
I went to the Lake District to stay with some very old friends (5 days out), then again to the Lakes to give a talk with my partner on his recent book about the Pyrenees (2 days away and lots of preparation), then half term and a 70th birthday party ceilidh to cater for – chilli con carne for 80+ anyone? which took a whole 7 days out of action but this included going swimming in the Splash Pool at Huddersfield and going to Leeds and visiting the university and family). Then there was the visit to Birmingham with the Knitting & Crochet Guild Trunk show, a further 2 days out. Plus I went to the opera in Leeds twice and to Lee Mills two days a week most weeks. So all in all, not really two months of designing and making at all …..
So this is the finished group. I hope you like them.
So now I’m wondering what I’ve learnt from this. In terms of designing:
- Stay focused
- Work around one theme.
- Not to get too complicated.
- Ugly colour combinations may be a novelty in folk art but are still ugly if you use them in designs to be worn now
In terms of machine knitting
- You can make many more problems when machine knitting than hand knitting as it’s so much quicker
- The quality of finish depends on the quality of make – very dependent on edge stitches and selvedges
- There’s no substitute for making good design decisions. If you don’t, then you are always compensating for it.
- You can never have too much good quality yarn.
- It’s harder to pay the same attention to detail when machine knitting as hand knitting – WHY?
- You have to make the machine do what you want it to do – concentrate!
So what am I going to knit next? I’m not sure but watch this space.