Eeny, meeny, miny, mo

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That is how I felt these past couple of weeks when I had to pick yarns and colors for my upcoming 2014 October Malabrigo MFPP (Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project) collection and a couple of exciting projects with indie dyers and local yarn companies. There are so many jummy fibers and colors to choose from that it is overwhelming – in a good way!

Feb2014 swatching

Eeny, meeny, miny, mo,
Catch a skein by its bow,
If it squeals, then you know,
In the basket, home we go!

Haha, all those choices sure got my rhyming going!

And look at all of these swatches that have started to pile up too since the beginning of the year! Some of the swatches are over a foot long, “listing” variations on a design pattern that I was playing around with. I wonder how many yards of yarn were knitted up just for that?

Besides having nailed down my designs for the projects I initially set out for, my swatching sessions also generated lots of “accidental” design ideas. This is the first time I’ve ever done a dedicated block of time for swatching at the beginning of the year and I am just baffled at how productive it turned out to be. Looks like I should do this more often… How about you? Do you do swatching sessions to generate design ideas?

Now comes the difficult task of making the decision of what design should be submitted to what publication, yarn company, indie dyer, or be self-published, and what to work on first and in what yarn, color, etc…. Can I just do all at the same time? I like them all…

Of course that is not quite possible, so I will have to come up with some kind of a system, a list of priorities or questions to help me make those decisions. How do you decide what to work on first? I would love to know.

Eeny, meeny, miny, mo,…


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