Inside the mind of a serial knitter
Sometimes though, if you have a slightly off the wall idea, it's off to the drawing board. With me that tends to be quite literal. You're probably familiar with the quote from Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's - "Jose brought up the blueprints for a new ranch house... I have this strange feeling that the blueprints and the knitting instructions got switched. I may be knitting a ranch house." You could just as easily make the same mistake with me. I work via a series of technical drawings, sometimes to scale, sometimes not. Either way, my knitting designs don't generally have written directions, but more often than not a map.
You might be wondering why I was being quite so picky, but it was a very special project. I was pushing my luck a little too far with Nick when I knitted a sheep suit for his baby (he's Welsh, but not without humour), so I thought I'd knit something to make up for it. Given that he's military aircrew I thought he might appreciate a replica flying suit for the wee one when he/she finally puts in an appearance.
There must be something about this yarn that sets me off in a designing frenzy. I woke in the early hours a few days ago and grabbed a scrap of paper to scribble on. My next big project the 'Does My Bum Look Big In This?' Cardigan (also in this yarn) is currently mapped out on the back of an envelope, meaning that it's either going to be the size of a postage stamp, or that I need to add a bit more detail.