Goodness gracious, September went by REALLY fast. Thankfully, I finally have a design for the DAL, and part of it knit to boot! But I'm going to have to work really fast if I want enough time to have the pattern tested and edited before the November 25th deadline. I feel like it's going to be down to the wire for me again, but at least I won't be weaseling out of this like last time! :P
This round has been a bit hard for me. I had a ton of ideas when the theme was announced ("fairytale") - but when I put the mood board together, I got a bit of a blank. I spent time doodling on this piece of paper that I keep near my desk, and it took a huge beating. I narrowed it down to three ideas:
There was a Seven Raven's Shawlette, which would have been double knit, reversible, and SO MUCH WORK. There was the Princess and the Pea socks, which I really liked the idea of, but... they looked oddly familiar to Warren's room mate's socks... which I had never heard of, but am fascinated with! They're called Solmate Socks. Cool idea, but... why not do something original?
So, I settled on a gingerbread house inspired cardigan. Wait. Freeze.
I've never knit a cardigan before. In fact, I've never designed a wearable before (unless you count socks, but really... I don't) and, seeing as I've only ever knit one adult-sized article of clothing, maybe I should scale it down in three months?
So, out went the pockets. Out went the contrasting i-cord trim in white and the multicolored "gumdrop" bobbles that would have transitioned the edging from the stockinette stitch base. (It looked so good in my head, but the look I got when I explained my idea at Hooks and Needles made me reconsider. Writing it down now, and reading it, I understand) I cut it down so that it would seem more like a knit object that babies would wear and less like... well, a gingerbread house costume. It will have bright red buttons, though! That I will not compromise on.
So, that's where I'm at right now. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to work the decreases for the yoke (having never worked one before) but I think I can fandangle it! I even did a swatch, although that's been entered into service as a brick... more on that some other time, I think. I have a lot of projects going on right now, and I feel like I need to finish at least 8 before I can breathe again.