I know more about knitting, designing, and pattern writing now than I did a few years ago. That’s actually a good thing. If I hadn’t learned something in the last several years, I’d be terribly disappointed in myself. The tricky bit, though, is that when I look back at my early work, I sometimes get twitchy. I see all sorts of things I’d like to improve. Not correct…correcting is for wrong things…just improve. Different yarns, different directions, different charts, different photos.
Alas, making these changes is generally not practical. There are only so many hours in the day, and updating things like that (not to mention getting new samples to photograph) is hugely time consuming. It’s either spend my time updating the old stuff, or spend it making new stuff. I generally elect to make new things rather than revisit the old.
But. You knew there was a but, didn’t you. But just this once, I’m making an exception. There’s a project afoot to help a friend undertake a grand adventure (how’s that for not giving away too many details). One of the ways I can contribute to this project is by spiffing up an old pattern so it can go live an exciting new life. I chose Interstices.
Now, there’s nothing hugely wrong with that pattern as it was released, it’s just that my early pattern writing, yarn selecting, and photography skills did it no justice at all. I still have the mitts, and I still wear them. And every time I put them on I first think ‘ah, soft…soft and warm.’ Then I immediately thing ‘wow do I wish I’d knit these in a solid color and in something that had a bit better stitch definition.’ So now, I’m doing just that. You can see what a difference it makes (though to be fair, the originals do now have three years of wear on them, so don’t judge them too harshly).
The new yarn is Anzula Squishy in Boysenberry, and it’s showing off the stitches nicely, don’t you think?