My current WIP isn’t a WIP per se – I’m done knitting. So, what’s it doing in here, you ask. Where’s the P in the WIP?
Well, maybe it’s more of a WOP – Working out Pattern…
It’s number crunching time! (Did I ever mention that I really, really suck at maths?)
For grading patterns I use an odd combination of
- Spreadsheet tables
- Pen and Paper calculations (the incredibly useful expanded magic formula from Shirley Paden’s book, anyone?)
- Pocket calculator (because I don’t trust my own calculations)
- Loads of unreadable notes
- Mugs and mugs (and more mugs) of coffee or tea, depending on time of day
- Cookies, chocolate and music!
I’m almost done now (you hear that, Allyson?) and only have to calculate yarn amounts and do all the conversions from centimeters to inches. And then off it all goes to join the ever-growing pile of finished samples of spring and summer knitting accumulating in the Holla Knits! studio. I hope. When sending off a finished sample to the US I’m always a little worried that it might never arrive. Or be held up in customs until the cows come home. You hear so many horror stories about that in the designer forum. But I’ve been lucky so far, so let’s hope the very best.
If you want to see a few “real” WIP’s or share your own, head over to Tami’s Amis and take a look. See you there!