Another of the classes that I am taking for the Knit & Crochet Show is a class by Lily Chin that I think is called “Fine Shaping in Stitch Patterning”. I am SO excited for this class because 1)Lily Chin is one of the “big” names in crochet garment design and 2)I think I will learn a lot that is really going to help me improve my ability to design crochet garments, which I definitely want to do more of! So, one of the homework items was to make a swatch atleast 8″ x 8″ in any yarn and any stitch pattern. I grabbed some old sport weight acrylic from my stash from ages ago and worked up this swatch. Per her instructions, I made 3 photocopies of it. I’ve read one of her books before and I think I know what the photocopies are for, to draw shaping lines onto so that you can see exactly how the stitches need to go. This is a super good idea, and one that I need to use more! Another part of the homework for this class is to work a couple rows of shell stitch in a worsted weight yarn. I’ve also done that. I’m all finished with the homework. I still need to get some graph paper and colored pencils for this class, finish up my gift for the gift exchange, and continue to work on my portfolio. I am working up some new design ideas for it. I also have some designs previously submitted to magazines that they didn’t use in there. I also have a folder with all of my previously published designs in there. I also have a spreadsheet with all of the designs on it so that I can keep track of any that get purchased.
Crochet professionals are such nice people! There is a Yahoo! group for crochet professionals with CGOA. I posted a question on there last week asking everyone in the group for suggestions of how to organize my portfolio and got some great suggestions! That group and my mentor, Jocelyn Sass, have been such great helps to me over the past 2 years as I have worked at learning the business of crochet design. I have actually turned in my application to be recognized as a full-fledged Crochet Professional, as opposed to an Associate Professional. I haven’t heard anything back about it, so I’m not completely sure what the status on that is, but I suppose I’ll find out sometime soon. Well, I’m super stoked for the conference! I’ll post a picture of my gift exchange item when it is finished! Until then…