Design ideas looking for a good home, No.2

Knitted shawl shapes free to a home.

Last March, I posted some ideas for shawl layouts to clear out my mental clutter. I have no idea if they sparked inspiration for anyone else, but that’s okay. It’s time to do it again!

I’ve been thinking about different ways of making shawls that have a curved shape to fit nicely on the shoulders. I have a pattern in the works for one, in fact. But here’s two more that I don’t think I’ll have time for any time soon.

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Design ideas looking for a good home.

possible shawl layout

I’ve been talking with my friend Sarah Sipe about designing for a while, and now I’m also having design conversations with other designers as well. Top that off with reading books about design and browsing through patterns on Ravelry, and my brain is awash with ideas. All the ideas bump against each other and spark still more ideas.

I’ve heard of stash-acquisition-beyond-life-expectancy (that is, the acquisition of more yarn than one can use in a lifetime). Right now I feel as if I’ve got design-ideas-beyond-life-expectancy and it’s gumming up the works. I’ve got a list of things I’ve planned for the year or two ahead of me, and I just can’t deal with all these other things.

So I’m going to put some of them here for anyone who wants to use them. Take them! Be inspired by them and modify them. I’ll be happy if someone runs with them – I just need to get them out of my head. Continue reading