The CAL forum is fabulous. Knitters/designers of all skill and experience levels are encouraged to ask questions, offer advise, and share ideas. I find it so interesting to see how designers go about their process, to see how ideas evolve and how problems are solved. I've already learned so much from the CAL and I haven't even started working on my own project yet.
For said project, I’m starting off small (literally) and simple. My projects will be two semi-matching dresses for the Peanuts.
The Peanuts usually don coordinating outfits (as opposed to dressing exactly alike), and my goal is to create dresses along those lines. What I have in mind are simple, coordinating a-line dresses with straps that tie up top at the shoulders. Besides the fact that I think the straps will look cute, my thought is that they will also allow for adjustment, as the girls grow. My hope is that they will able to wear these garments as dresses initially and as tops later on. (I try to be practical.) I have the general shape in mind, but want to wait until I have my yarn in hand, to see how I will be inspired when it comes to other design elements.
So, my yarn. One of the CAL rules is to use one of five specified yarns as the main yarn in our design. I will be using Classic Elite Premiere. Reason? I haven’t used it yet, and I’ve heard great things. Calmer would have been my first instinct otherwise, because I love it so, but I’m already knitting with it currently and I also have another project waiting in the wings that the rest of the Calmer in my stash is earmarked for (Hi, Deciduous!). Besides, I’ve wanted to work with Premiere, and this seems to be the perfect opportunity to try it!
I'm really looking forward to trying my hand at designing for the first time. This first attempt should provide much entertainment value, if nothing else, so stay tuned! ;)