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Prototype in stripes

Striped prototype, at Polka Dot Cottage

I had an epiphany a few months ago.

See, when I first started knitting and crocheting, it was strictly for personal enjoyment. And as such, I felt I should save it for evenings and weekends, after the day’s work was done. It’s been four years and two years respectively since I learned each craft, and in that time I have published some patterns, but I still saw needlework as something to do in front of the TV.

Striped prototype, at Polka Dot Cottage

But like I said, I recently had an epiphany.

I started getting serious about publishing patterns and tutorials on a real schedule. And when I sat down and mapped it all out, reserving time for planning, time for making, time for writing, it hit me: knitting or crocheting is my work now. At least, it is when the stitching is for a pattern to be published.

Striped prototype, at Polka Dot Cottage

It seems obvious, but that was kind of a lightbulb moment for me.

Today is the first day I have had daytime-approved stitching to do. It was fun! I’m using leftovers from my latest crochet blanket to make these striped wristwarmer prototypes.

Striped prototype, at Polka Dot Cottage

I like them, but I don’t think they are quite the finished product yet. These are, actually, exactly what I saw in my head when I came up with the idea, but while I was knitting them I had new thoughts that I think are worth entertaining, too. That will be my task tomorrow.

This iteration is knit on double-pointed needles. From the beginning I was thinking I’d like to also include loom-knit and crocheted versions in the same pattern/tutorial. We’ll see if that’s do-able in the amount of time allotted. They may have to be add-ons, sometime down the road.

Striped prototype, at Polka Dot Cottage

I hope you like them. I think they’re bright and fun-loving, peeking out from under a low-key coat 🙂


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5 thoughts on “Prototype in stripes

  1. I think they’re great. I like stripes almost as much as polka dots. Three cheers for knitting whenever you want!

  2. I love them! They would be cute for socks, too. 🙂

  3. Yeah, it took me awhile to realize knitting was my work. Now I can say Im working while I watch a BBC miniseries and stitch away!

    I’m addicted to handwarmers right now too!

  4. I love the red and green stripes.

    My extra knitting time came when I realized that I can knit at the same time that I do other things, like reading, waiting on the light to turn green, waiting to pick up the kids and especially during their many soccer practices and games. I love the simple, mindless projects that don’t require counting or charts. Your hand warmers would be perfect. I save the the fancy stuff for TV watching, etc.

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