Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Designs, New Class

A new new new design: Omnishambles Brioche Scarf. An ideal second brioche project, it provides a gentle introduction to increasing and decreasing. The pattern uses a single 50gm ball of Noro Kureyon - or Silk Garden, of course - and 100yds or so of a contrasting solid worsted weight.

This would look equally good, too, in two solid shades if you're not a Noro-lover.

Finished scarf is pleasingly long and skinny: about 5 inches by 64 or so. Instructions are fully detailed, if you need a brioche refresher, or are trying a new thing!

A less new design is the Dunrossness colourwork hat. This was launched last year as a kit, and now it's available as a standalone pattern. This is a classic me sort of pattern: it comes in multiple sizes, covering kids to adults and the design and pattern were designed specifically to be very user-friendly, suitable even for your first colourwork project.  Plus, who doesn't love a giant pom-pom?

And the new class: Introduction to Technical Editing. I'm launching this class at Shall We Knit in the spring - Friday, May 12th.

Interested in what a technical editor does? Looking for ways to become a better pattern writer and teacher? The technical editor is a vital part of the pattern publication process, helping designers turn their notes and outlines into patterns ready for publication. Training in technical editing also enhances your understanding of how patterns work and how to read and write them – hugely valuable skills for knitting teachers and designers.
This introductory-level session gets you started down the path. We’ll explain the role of the technical editor in the pattern development and publication process. We’ll dive deep into the different types of reviews required: language, numbers and usability. And we’ll explain the value of the pattern style sheet: what it includes, how to establish one, and how to edit a pattern to meet specific requirements.We’ll also talk about concrete ways to start your business and gain experience as an editor.
Bring: paper and pencil, calculator or app, any patterns they wish to discuss.