Hard to believe that here in the U.S. it’s the middle of Labor Day Weekend already. It seems like it was just the beginning of July — I blinked and it became September. Not that I’m complaining — autumn is my favorite season so I’m happy to be a little closer to it.
Last week I started a new project, once again using my new favorite yarn — Hand Maiden Swiss Silk. Another lace sweater, my third from this yarn. Yesterday morning I took a look at what I had so far and ripped it out. The lace pattern I had come up with was just not working with the colorway I’m using (Earth).
I decided this time to do a very simple all-over pattern. No complex bottom border, just the same simple lace motif from bottom to top. Here’s what I have so far:
This time I think I’ll do a boatneck to make this a really simple design to knit. So basically, it will be just knitting 4 rectangles and putting them together.
I do remember that I have not yet written up the patterns for the last two lace sweaters I’ve designed. I do have the patterns pretty much completely written. Do you want to know the main thing that is holding me back from finalizing the patterns? I need to create schematics for the sweaters, and I don’t have a way to easily do that.
Can anyone recommend an easy-to-use Mac graphics program that I can use to create pattern schematics? I just need to be able to draw the shape of the body (with neckline) and sleeve laid flat and insert the multiple measurements for each piece. I do own Adobe Illustrator, but simply do not have the time to learn how to use it. I’d love to have a program that is dead-simple since I don’t need to do anything fancy. I’d love to hear any ideas y’all have.
Last week was my first week at my new job — so far so good. I haven’t broken anything as far as I know. While it’s a great place to work and my new coworkers have been extremely nice and welcoming, I staggered home on Friday in a state of advance exhaustion. I don’t deal well with change and find it stressful being the new kid. (I am working in the same huge federal building I’ve worked in for over 15 years so happily I don’t have to deal with a change in commute and location.) This “new kid” feeling will pass, of course, but all the same I am very happy to have a three-day weekend after my first week. I’m looking forward to going back to work on Tuesday, so that’s a very good sign for the future!
But I’ll be spending the rest of this holiday weekend watching old movies, knitting, cuddling Lucy, and doing not much else. Gotta conserve my strength, right?
“Look at me! I am decorative!”