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.
If you read my Bio page you will see why all my patterns have been inspired and why I am so proud of them.
All my patterns print out on A5 paper with photos on front and back pages and they are all copyright protected.
Of course, you are welcome to sell any items you make from my patterns, but please do not replicate the pattern to sell in any format.
Tommy is a 4 piece outfit comprising polo neck jumper with half folded to back and half to front, full length trousers, fold back rib hat and boots, all using 2 or 3 colours of DK yarn. This outfit was designed for a friend who wanted a smart outfit to take her babies out in the pram. It twins with Tammy (she had one of each)!