Well, in two days I'll be heading off on our Sicily adventure! We are taking another Rick Steves tour--as you can see, we will be covering a lot of ground. John's been studying Italian for the last year and a half, so he'll have a chance to use his language skills; I'll be on the lookout for colors and patterns, of course. We'll both be enjoying the food!
When I announced this trip in my newsletter last month (sign up for the newsletter at Feral Knitter) I was pleased to hear that a number of my readers have family ties to this intriguing land. I'll be sharing pictures sporadically over the next two weeks, then I'll fill you in on the details when I get home.
And don't worry: Housesitters will be moving in to take care of Mason.
The most difficult part of planning for this trip? Figuring out what knitting to take with me, of course. I'm spending way too much time on Ravelry trying to find something that A. is lightweight, B. is a single ball of yarn, C. doesn't require a pattern, and D. that I have the appropriate yarn in my stash already.
Needless to say, I'm finding this kind of hard!
So, enough about me. Let me tell you about some design tools I have found recently that make plotting your garments easier. One (odd) word: croquis. A word that autocorrect is suspicious of. Here's what Wikipedia has to say: "In fashion, the term refers to a quick sketch of a figure (typically nine heads tall as this is the accepted proportions for fashion illustration) with a loose drawing of the clothes that are being designed."
For those of us who aren't excited about the idea of drawing a correctly proportioned human figure, there are simple tools: Fashionary (pictured above) croquis are available in several different formats. Can you see the dotted figure on the page? You sketch your clothing design over the barely visible figure and it won't distract from the garment details but it will guide your proportions. Fashionary is good for thinner figures--if you want croquis for larger sizes you can find them in the Cashmerette Curvy Sketchbook. The women behind the Cashmerette Curvy Sketchbook also offer customized croquis!
These simple and inexpensive tools can help you visualize the proportions of your garments. Get to work and show me your designs when I get home!