Thursday, 20 October 2011

Secret knitting?

A few bits of interesting TFA news to share today:
  • Julie is spearheading a January 2012 TFA Knitalong over on the TFA Ravelry group. It will be tons of fun, I will be participating for sure in some way. Maybe I'll give myself a design challenge! There will be prizes I'm sure... head on over and join in the excitement!
  • The 2011 TFA Year In Colour Club is wrapping up. Whew! What an exciting inaugural year this has been! 2011 memberships will remain open until the end of October, at which point the 2011 memberships will close and 2012 will open. 2012 will be formatted exactly the same way as 2011, 6 custom colourways of fingering weight yarn, 6 exclusive designs. There will be a few upgrades, but I'll fill you in on all the juicy details towards the end of the month.  

Terracotta Sneak Peek!

Now that we've got the official business portion of this blog post done, I have a question for all my lovely readers. First, let me explain, this year I've started doing something new, I've started doing "secret knitting." I never thought that I would be working on anything so important that I'd have to keep it a secret... but it's happened! Sometimes it's because I'm test knitting a pattern for a friend, so I can't share it until the pattern is ready. Sometimes my secret knitting is my own pattern, and though I don't always keep my patterns-in-progress a complete secret its nice to let the details of the pattern be revealed only when the pattern is officially ready. What do you think? Do you like to see designs in progress or be surprised by a big, exciting pattern reveal? I think I like to see the pattern come together, get snippets of what to look forward to as the designer progresses, I'd love to hear your feedback on this "secret knitting" issue.

One of my secret projects this summer was a sweater design that I was working on. I knit it in my new Brick colourway, I've had it finished for months and have actually gotten quite a bit of use of of it (I am wearing it today and had Chris snap a photo of me in my new fall uniform). I procrastinated forever and the pattern is finally in the test knitting phase, I'm hoping to have it ready in a matter of weeks. Ooh! I almost forgot! I have another pattern that has already complete the test knitting phase and will be ready even sooner, so stay tuned for that too! 

Isn't autumn just the best for perking up your knitting mojo? 


13 comments:

  1. I am definitely a fan of following progress (even if only in small tantalizing details) and design processes. I always learn so much from watching and hearing how other people think through a project, and it would honestly be a real treat to be able to look over your shoulder as you think through things like neckline design or hem treatment, even if I couldn't see the whole project right away. By the time you reveal the final version, we'd all be practically camping out on your doorstep waiting for the pattern!

    I love the cabled hem on this new secret thing you've done and I'd love to know how it "handles"--does it draw in much (did you have to use larger/smaller needles)? And what a great fall color!

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  2. A design in progress is always fun to follow. Please go ahead and let us have some sneak photo shots in the future. Looking forward to the launch of the "Red Label".

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  3. I far prefer to get snippets of the design in progress. I think it is in the designer's favour because I have a better chance of watching for a pattern I have seen one, two, maybe three times before, then the possibility that I will miss that ONE big announcement (am I making sense here!). It's also interesting to follow along with how you might have tweaked it here or there, or why you did a certain detail. No need to show everything, but I agree with Julia, it makes you excited for the final product.

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  4. I know I'd rather watch something slowly come along. However, I understand that some designs either pose more problems than designer thought, or end up being something they don't want to follow through with after all, or languish in a closet until forgotten. So on one hand, if you show a snippet you might have people begging for the pattern which can get annoying. But on the other hand all the people asking after it might make you even more motivated to get it done, and also all the readers will feel like they were there all through the process, which is nice.

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  5. I love seeing process, even if it's just stitch detail or colors.

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  6. I love following along the design process, it's so inspiring! But I've read on some blogs that other shave had trouble with very similar designs popping up just before they were ready to release them, and it's hard to say sometimes if some people are actually willing to steal an idea... that's why I love sneak peaks and teaser shots, so at least some of the mystery is still there to protect the design.

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  7. I like to follow along with the design process too! I find it really interesting to see why the designer chose different elements and what worked for them and, equally importantly, what didn't!

    I love the cabled hem here, it's gorgeous, and looks fantastic in Brick!

    I'm currently knitting in Stormy and am so in love with it, it knits up so beautifully and is so soft and warm!

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  8. First of all, I saw Julie's call for the TFA KAL and I definitely want to jump in. As for secret knitting, I love seeing knits in-progress and really love those blog posts where knitters show how their fabric and designs are developing. I always appreciate knowing how designers think through their patterns, too.

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  9. I think that lots of little updates and a few picture "snippets" are so much fun! It keeps you interested, but doesn't take away all the fun of the surprise!

    Can't wait for the 2012 club! I'm hoping to work it into my yarn budget for next year!

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  10. I love watching the design process as things come together or even change entirely.

    I also like the sneak peeks :) It is fun to guess what the finished object will actually look like!

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  11. I like seeing a colourway, and little close-ups of a stitch pattern, but I think its exciting to keep most other details under wraps (maybe other then what sort of garment it is) until the final reveal. I suppose if the design takes longer than the designer has anticipated, readers could end up seeing too many progress shots and get start to wonder when the actual design is coming. Having said that, I agree with Julia that its good to be able to see how a designer has worked out how to approach a particular problem or work out the best way to approach a particular part of the pattern.

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  12. I agree with everyone who has posted already. Little sneak peeks get your followers excited for the end product.

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  13. Definitely snippets of info and of course...pics. I love to look at pictures of details, colours, textures as much as love full patterns.

    Donna

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