Sometimes the best way for me to finish a project is to buy the supplies for the next one. I leave the new yarn in a place where I can admire it and touch it and get excited about using it. Then, I force myself to finish what I'm currently working on before I allow myself to use the new yarn.
I used this technique to finally finish the never ending cowl. I also wanted to finish it in time to actually use it before spring turns to summer.
My self-motivation tactics worked and I have worn the new cowl several times already. On Sunday, a friend asked where I bought it and I had the satisfaction of saying that I made it!
As much as I love following patterns, I decided that it's time to design a few new ones on my own. The next two projects in my queue are both "Painting Lilies" originals.
I'm not ready to publish the new pattern yet, but I thought I would share a little behind the scenes look at my design process.
I'm using a yarn that might look familiar if you've seen the Basketweave Baby Blanket. The new pattern is a blanket pattern similar to the Basketweave pattern. Instead of using squares, this one has a triangle pattern.
This is a simple pattern with only knit and purl stitches, but it took me a while to figure out exactly how I wanted it to look, how many stitches I needed, when to purl the knits and knit the purls, etc.
After each sketch, I tried knitting up a swatch to see if it was what I wanted. This process can be fairly tedious, especially since I hate knitting swatches. I started to get frustrated around sketch #5, but finally got it right with sketch #7.
Stay tuned for the full pattern. I'll write another post when I'm done knitting and the pattern is complete.
You know how I'm going to motivate myself to finish? That's right...the yarn for my next project is already sitting on my desk and enticing me towards the finish line!