|I am super loving these frills lately!|
The one thing that this whole skirt kick has emphasized for me -- which is an ongoing issue I have dealt with my whole life -- is that I have no visual sense of measurement. I honestly cannot compute distance or size by sight, whether it's an inch or a mile. I can look at something I've knit and say, "Oh, that's about an inch of ribbing," when it's actually closer to four...or else I can say "Yep, that's a whole six inches of stockinette!" when it's really only two. As such, sizing is really hard for me. I can look at something and think that it will fit the intended recipient for sure, when in reality it comes nowhere close.
|The black and purple makes me heart this piece|
Most of the wearable items I've made so far have been either one-sized or accessories, which is safe for someone like me...but the one thing I wanted when I first started this blog was to learn new things, and that means stepping out of my comfort zone once in a while. This has definitely been a new experience for me, and while I may never be able to accurately judge the length of a garment on sight, I have at least learned a few things.
First of all, I have come to rely on my trusty measuring tape while I knit, and to double-check the sizing as I go. Having the exact measurements of the recipient helps, but checking online against market sizing standards helps, too. Also, I keep a sort of knitting journal, where I record each and every step I take in creating the piece, as well as any variations I make. Everything from the type of yarn used to how many stitches and rows in each...it's a great help when drafting patterns that other people could use, and it really helps keep track of what works and what might need some tweaking. All things considered, I might have some new patterns ready to post soon! Keep an eye out for me on Ravelry, as DizzyStitchin.