Looking for bullseyes

Designing can be such a hit or miss proposition. Ideas that I have in my head or in my many notebooks don't always translate to the stitches. Things I think would be beautiful or interesting turn out warped and not pretty at all. Things that are simple yet innovative tend to do the best.

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Of course getting from idea to design isn't always a straight line. I have some design ideas that are absolutely fabulous but that I haven't even attempted to swatch. And some that I've swatched over and over again to always have them come out like square pegs. You know. Always. Never. Quite. Right.

I have goals. With the designing. But I'm not sure again how to get from point A to point B. I think I have some plans, and I want to do amazing things. But also, sometimes, I feel like I can't get enough sleep ever. Which of course does not encourage the whole idea to design to famous kind of process.

So I spend my time with graph paper, notebooks, piles of yarn and needles, and stacks of stitch dictionaries. And I look for a way to reinvent the wheel. Or at least to carve out a little niche in the knitting design world that I can call mine.

What do you do when you have a big dream? How do you get there?