NEVER GIVE UP!
Being involved with crafts for more than 50 years, over 35 of those as a professional designer and knitter of one off' items from baby shoes to a wedding dress, having to depend on ...
NEVER GIVE UP!
Being involved with crafts for more than 50 years, over 35 of those as a professional designer and knitter of one off' items from baby shoes to a wedding dress, having to depend on somebody else was very difficult.
In 2001 when illness struck, and eventually resulted in relying on a wheelchair, it was hard not to just give up. But starting to use the computer again helped to cope with the changed situation. Study was easy to do from a chair! Since that time 8 Diplomas, in a number of varied subjects, have been completed.
Hence My Motto Is NEVER GIVE UP.
Knitting had to go by the wayside for a long time, but one day a relative arrived with wool, needles and pattern and said 'time to start using your talent again'. This was just the challenge I needed but there were many issues associated with it!
The first issue was with the needles: the one with no stitches kept falling on the floor - this was resolved by changing to circular needles and that worked perfectly. To stop dropping the wool on the floor a drawstring bag was fitted over the arm of my chair, so that just left the pattern!
All the patterns previously used were in A4 format - A4 does not fit into a small knitting bag to carry around or put on my book stand - and to work with them meant folding them to see the correct section. Once this had been done a few times you could hardly read the print where the folds were! Trying to keep the patterns in good condition - and workable - was very upsetting.
To overcome this hurdle, a couple of A4 patterns were re-typed into A5 documents and printed out this meant they fitted onto my book rest and in the drawstring bag. To keep them clean each one was put into a plastic wallet and kept together in an A5 ring binder. Great!
Having found the A5 pattern so easy to use the next step was to copyright protect it at http:/www.copyrightdeposit.com/cd2/0030952.htm. This has been used, and will continue to be used in all my designs.
Designing the first little outfit was a wonderful achievement! Since then over 40 patterns have been designed for both boys and girls, and the enjoyment this has given has created a better quality of life.
Now differences don't matter, as great pleasure comes from passing ideas onto other knitters who want an original design to work to.