Madness, Control Issues and a Sample Knitter

This has been a CRAZY knitting month!!!!  In 32 days I have designed and knit 3 pieces — one:  a cropped slip-stitch cardigan with over 12 rows to the inch, needing to be in England by the 30th; two:  a pair of gloves, having never designed or knit gloves before; three:  a lace vest.  Of course, I am thrilled to be doing this, but I also have a full-time job and three kids who are home for the summer and all have summer birthdays, so when I tell you that my house is a physical wreck and that Husband is keeping the household functioning solely by himself, I am not exaggerating.  I can’t show you any of the finished pieces because they are to be published in KNIT magazine (UK) Issue 42 and The Sanguine Gryphon’s Fall collection respectively, but I can show you snippets, here…

Now you may ask why I don’t use a sample knitter(s).  That’s a very good question, one I am trying to come to terms with.  I would LOVE to have a sample knitter, but there are some issues with this.  If I had a sample knitter who lived nearby and we could check in with each other to see how the sample was going, I’d be comfortable, but I don’t.  If I worked in a way that I wasn’t constantly tweaking as I go along, I’d be comfortable, but I don’t.  If I had more than a month to get these pieces out, I’d be comfortable, but I don’t.   I have control issues!!!

Shirley suggested that I pick a sample knitter and have them knit only the sleeves the first time out, which would make it somewhat easier.   I think I will give that a try in the very near future.  I have another 3 pieces to knit for KNIT .  The yarn for all three is here in my house.  I have a person in mind, but she doesn’t live close enough to check in.  I guess the worst case scenario is that she knits the sleeves, but the gauge is off or the pattern needs to be adjusted midway.  Then I’ll  have to reknit.  I guess that’s not so, so bad.   I can do it for the next piece, because the sleeves and body are done together, but I’m pretty sure I can do it for the next two.  I am trying to relinquish some control, because of course, if I could figure out a way to do this, I would be able to design a lot more with fewer time issues.  Should I have a go?

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3 thoughts on “Madness, Control Issues and a Sample Knitter

  1. Eliana Bahri says:

    I’ve loved testing for you before, and I’d really like to sample knit for you! Let me know if you still need someone, I’d be happy to help 🙂

    Eliana B

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