Sourcerist Knits (AKA I Disappeared, But I Didn’t Die!)

It’s been a long, long LONG time since I’ve posted anything here, mostly because a while back I made the executive decision to close down KSSD. It was a hard call, but I am now happily frolicking (READ: battling uphill) through the wonderful world of skincare.

That doesn’t mean I gave up all things clothing- I just don’t do it for work anymore. Which, if I’m being honest, makes it a whole lot more enjoyable for me. Recently, I’ve taken up knitting. And, being me, I decided to do it the hard way.

No scarves and hats for me. Oh no. I decided that since I could do a basic knit-and-purl, and I can draft patterns, I am totally capable of designing my own knitting pattern.

It’s an interesting process. With sewing, the design is built into the construction and detailing of the final product. Those elements are still present in designing a knitting project, but on top of that, you have to create the actual textile!

Having not much background in knitting (aside from a barely functional ability to follow instructions), I thought this project would be way more intimidating… But once I got started, I realized that this is actually pretty straightforward. A lot of work to get it started, and A LOT of math (Ugh. MATH!), but it’s not the esoteric voodoo I was expecting.

I’ll be keeping track of my progress here. So far, I’ve gotten through a truly staggering amount of work on a repeating Fair Isle pattern I designed (9 hours. It took 9 hours.), and I came up with a simple lace pattern to use. The swatches came out pretty good… once I tested them out with matching needles. The first swatches were knit on a mismatched “pair of size 8 and size 7 needles. I’ve had smarter ideas.

I’ll also be posting full details for the design a little later. Also I’m working on a new bra (when am I not working on a bra?) and building a duct tape dress form. I’ll be posting a little about those projects, too!

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