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What can I do so this blog is the most helpful for you?
It’s a question I have and continue to ponder. This is especially true right now as I approach my much improved post-Lyme health with an eye to being much more productive in the coming year(s)(s)(s). I am maintaining a completely positive attitude about my recovery and have no plans to look backwards.
Decision 1: What to blog?
I follow a wide range of blogs myself. Some publish almost constantly, some are general, some chit chat away and some are purely topical.
I decided pretty early on that I wanted each blog post to offer you something helpful. A new technique or design that shows you how to use it. I want you to trust that if you see a new blog post from Knitting Nuances, there will (hopefully) be something interesting. So no chatting about my dogs or the weather. That does mean that even if I am healthy and knitting away at new designs, I can’t possibly pop a new idea out weekly.
So how to keep in touch without clogging up the blog?
Decision 2: How soon to share it?
There is a second consideration when posting to the blog. Do I wait until I am done to spring new designs on you? Other than the one sweater design along, that’s kind of what I’ve been doing so far. These designs have gone though a lot of steps before you see them.
First they have made it into the Finished Object pile. That’s not a small thing. I have, at any one time, a dozen projects on the swatching board. Published projects also have detailed notes, a second or third sample, sizing and yardage calculations, a written pattern, tutorial support, snazzy photos, and descriptive materials for the blog and Ravelry. It’s a wonder anything makes it to you at all.
Designing is a risky process. If you never want to rip out hours of work, then follow someone else’s pattern. Designing is also fun and exciting. It a kick to see the hint of an idea work successfully on needles. I’d love to share these moments with you.
#knittingnuances on Instagram
I believe the solution is Instagram.
OK, so it’s not an original thought but it’s a tool I needed to use with a purpose.
On Instagram I can share snippets of ideas, sketches and swatches with you and let you know how it works out. It does require patience on your part. There’s no telling in what order WIPs will be published. For example, I have at least a dozen hats just waiting to get into the pattern queue.
Then again, this should be a two way street. If you see something you want now, it should move to the front of the line.
So if you are game, pop over to Instagram and search for knittingnuances. There you’ll find a few existing announcements and my first preview photos of my sock design ideas.
The Sock Template
I’m currently in Australia and working on a number of sock designs. This started with a class I designed for new sock knitters. As someone who didn’t really enjoy knitting socks myself, I wanted to create an easy template for knitting socks. Something onto which you can plop different stitch patterns.
With the feedback of some sock knitting friends, I chose to knit toe up socks starting with Judy’s Magic Cast on and German Short Row heels. Easy to learn and master, these are the basis for my new sock designs. I’m now excited to add some Nuances to my socks, Showy Decreases, textured stitch patterns, deep ribs and pretty bind offs.
Of course, I have to play around a little. So I’m trying the round top from my Marlette Lake Mittens for the toe. Like the mittens, the socks will also have right and left foot shaping. Why not? The pattern will be asymmetrical to help identify which foot the sock belongs to (just in case you need a little extra help).
I love German Short Rows because they are so easy to knit. However, while touring the Blue Mountains outside Sydney I became a bit distracted. You can see why, it’s beautiful.
Somehow, I had 5 stitches left on one side and just 2 on the other. Asymmetric toes are one thing, heels … not so much.
p.s. Make sure you find knittingnuances and not Laura Cunitz unless you really do want kids, dogs and lots of Tahoe snow photos.