For me, it's all about knitting something for myself and up- or down-sizing it. Of course, I've learned to study the charts and I've realized that arms and body lengths don't always go up in increments matching the increments for the bust, but generally speaking, most of the time I don't know what the heck I'm up to.
And I figure, shoot, if you've got big new ones and skinny arms--and you can knit--you won't be calling me inept if your sleeves fit a bit loosely.
Beyond all the charts and stuff, though, I've been wondering why designing knitwear is so rigid? Is it just me? Am I too loose-y goose-y?
Kinda like when I have a recipe I make over and over. HWWV will make dinner once in awhile and want to make my recipe and then when he asks me how long it needs to stay in the oven, I'll say, "Until it's done."
Or, if he asks me how much salt to add, I say, "Taste it. Does it need any?"
So I'm feeling weird lately. I'm feeling like maybe, in my patterns, I leave too much to the knitter. That maybe my telling you to try something on as you go is too much to ask; so I'm worrying.
But if I didn't ask you to do that, would you end up, in the end, with a sweater that doesn't fit? And isn't making a successful modification so your garment fits you "just right" a joy?
But anyway. Behind the scenes stuff. This is one of the photos HWWV took when we stopped at a winery on our way home from the Bay Area this past weekend.
If you look closely, you'll see Girlfriend handing her auntie a diaper (while auntie is trying hard to stand stick straight like I asked her to).
*Yeah, you got it right: Girlfriend still isn't potty trained*
BTW: The design team over at the Garter Belt started a team blog. You can find it here.