(Which reminds me of the line from Triple X, "It was only a corvette!" in reference to a car driven off a bridge. Lots of good lines in that movie.)
I've dithered back and forth for twenty-four hours on this submission to Twist Collective, like it's the end of the world or an offer to compete in the Olympics. I think I have finally gotten my head straight and put things in perspective.
February 20 is the deadline for proposals. I can fool around all I like until then with no commitment whatsoever. So I'm going to work on things a bit, and see what I've got February 15 and make a decision then.
Yesterday, I had an idea for an autumn-themed pattern almost immediately. (With a clever name and everything.) First thing I did was cruise around Ravelry to see what was popular and what had already been done; don't know how designers functioned before Ravelry. Then I sort of picked a yarn and started sketching and charting. Next payday I'll get a skein of yarn and do some swatches. If it all hangs together decently, I'll probably send a proposal.
The fly in the ointment is my attitude toward sizing. See, any pattern I write, I want to either offer a wide range of sizes, or have it be like the Steeked Jacket where you customize it and, again, it will fit nearly anyone. For a women's sweater, I think most patterns should come with options for bust sizes in 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, and 62 inches (86 to 158 cm, in eight cm increments, ish). That's essentially eight different patterns to write, and then collate into one set of directions. My pattern writing skills? Well. For your entertainment, here's the pattern - if you want to call it that - for my father-in-law's sweater, that I just finished up.
I've got that, and two cable charts. That's it. If you look closely you can see I shift between metric and Imperial measurements at will. It's kind of spooky. Obviously that's not gonna fly for a commercial pattern. Heck, I think only I could decode this into another sweater resembling the one I've got.
So, knitters. Another question. I'm thinking of two sets of charts, one for the 34, 38, 42, and 46 sizes, and one set for the 50, 54, 58, and 62 sizes. And basically writing two patterns. Wouldn't that make more sense? I'd think they're easier to read that way. In .pdf form, printing cost is not an issue, so if you ask me, we should take advantage of the format and make patterns as easy to read as possible. Does this make sense to YOU guys? Or is it my snot-filled brain off on a tangent?
Oh well. That's the plan. Start working on this, and see what I've got on February 15. At that point I'll decide whether or not I can make the commitment. (That decision will hinge directly on how much charting I've gotten done.) Until then, I shall smack myself in the head if I find myself freaking out over it. I suspect I'll have time for that later.
In other news, well, we're still sick. And the Goob's hair? Uh. Well.
I've got the Wild Baby of Borneo. Growing up, I had the same hair, and I remember my mother combing it while I was sick and thinking mutinous thoughts. The husbeast had a go at her hair the other day and she started crying. So I think we'll just go with the Borneo Baby look until she feels better. All she needs is a bone in it.