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Does the world need another knitting blog?

I do have a reason, actually. I am creating videos showing a simple way to design and knit sweaters and I want a place to add info, share thoughts and get feedback from anyone who happens to stumble upon this site. So, who am I? Just a lowly knitter–not an expert, just someone who is frustrated and who thought there must be a better way. I’ve read books on sweater design and taken classes, and some parts of it are very straightforward (like knitting the body), and then suddenly you hit an amorphous part (like drafting a sleeve cap). Next thing you know you’re up to your tuchus in knitter’s graph paper and design software. Since one of the reasons I like knitting is that it is low tech, I’m not too excited about knitter’s software, however good it is. Knitting is a respite from all the things in my life that flash and ring and beep at me. My frustrations started me testing different methods. When I came to one of the gray areas, I looked for a way to create a formula, system or template that would provide a straightforward way to navigate that part of the sweater. Most of what I show in the videos are well-documented design methods. In a couple of places I deconstructed patterns to figure out a formula. What I ended up with is a system. In large part you can design the sweater as you go, rather than try to do all the calculations at the start, which, again, can make you sorry you ever tried it. This site is under construction. I will be posting the videos as I complete them–I’m working on them as fast as I can, but family, day job, and life in general occasionally intrude. So, watch the videos, give me your feedback, share your tips, and please, if you knit a sweater using this method, send me a photo–I share it on the site, along with your comments.

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Does the world need another knitting blog?

I do have a reason, actually. I am creating videos showing a simple way to design and knit sweaters and I want a place to add info, share thoughts and get feedback from anyone who happens to stumble upon this site. So, who am I? Just a lowly knitter–not an expert, just someone who is frustrated and who thought there must be a better way. I’ve read books on sweater design and taken classes, and some parts of it are very straightforward (like knitting the body), and then suddenly you hit an amorphous part (like drafting a sleeve cap). Next thing you know you’re up to your tuchus in knitter’s graph paper and design software. Since one of the reasons I like knitting is that it is low tech, I’m not too excited about knitter’s software, however good it is. Knitting is a respite from all the things in my life that flash and ring and beep at me. My frustrations started me testing different methods. When I came to one of the gray areas, I looked for a way to create a formula, system or template that would provide a straightforward way to navigate that part of the sweater. Most of what I show in the videos are well-documented design methods. In a couple of places I deconstructed patterns to figure out a formula. What I ended up with is a system. In large part you can design the sweater as you go, rather than try to do all the calculations at the start, which, again, can make you sorry you ever tried it. This site is under construction. I will be posting the videos as I complete them–I’m working on them as fast as I can, but family, day job, and life in general occasionally intrude. So, watch the videos, give me your feedback, share your tips, and please, if you knit a sweater using this method, send me a photo–I share it on the site, along with your comments.

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