the design process #2

So … slowly, slowly go the jester booties while I’m interning.  Not much free time at all during the week, and I’m brain-dead when I do get any.

jester booties in progress

Bootie #1 is almost done, so I’m going to finish it today, type up my notes into a coherent pattern outline, then knit #2 of the pair sometime over the weekend to test the accuracy of the notes.  I’ll need to take copious quantities of pictures while I do that so that I have some good ones to include with the pattern.  I think I probably will knit a second pair (in one of the girly colour combos) to really fine tune and for more good pics.

Stay tuned!

the design process

So, I woke up this morning from a vivid (if bizarre) dream that involved knitting tiny little coloured points … obviously I need to design some jester booties!

I sketched out a rough bootie outline, scanned it, pasted it into a Word doc, then copied it so I had four to a page.  Now for the fun part – the colouring in!  – I love colouring. :)  We still have a big bag of crayons (even though the “children” are now 18 and 20) so I got to work:

jester booties colour schemejester booties colour scheme

The combinations are endless (well, not really, but I was never good at that bit in maths), and I ended up polling the family for their opinions.  Votes were:

  • the architect: 6 … or 7 …. or 1 … or maybe 8  (not really very helpful)
  • the handknitlibrarian: #8
  • the ungrateful one: not here, so she doesn’t get a vote
  • the boy: #1 or #8

We have a winner!  Number 8 it is.  Or, maybe I’ll just colour in a few more ….

I’ll probably do one of the “girlier” combinations as a second knit-through, both to make sure the pattern works, and to demonstrate the different looks for the finished booties.

jester booties colour schemejester booties colour schemeI’m leaning strongly towards #10 or #16 for the girlie ones.

Now, on to the actual knitting!