There are so many things that fascinate me, I have a hard time focusing on just one. The Internet really doesn’t help with focus, it just brings more things I want to try.
For example, I’ve been a fan of Tech Knitter for a long time. Her illustrations on the TECHknitting blog are amazing and incredibly helpful. I’ve often wondered how she makes them, and finally took the time to find out that she uses Adobe Illustrator. I don’t have Illustrator, but I went on a hunt for free vector graphics editor and I found Inkscape. I downloaded the software on my iMac, looked at a couple tutorials, and fell down the rabbit hole. Before I knew it I had spent the whole day creating illustrations.
The first one I did was a cartoon illustration of my latest crochet critter creations: the Whimsies. The pattern for these little guys just popped into my head one morning, and before I knew it, I’d made 4. One from each of the bright acrylic yarn colors I had on hand. Here is what I came up with:
I’ve been trying to decide on the best way to get these guys out into the world, so for now they just sit in front of my computer and make me smile. Since they were there, I couldn’t help but draw them to try out this new software.
Here’s my Inkscape interpretation:
After spending time on that, I decided to see if I could create something similar to the TECHknitter’s drawings but use it for crochet. All of my little creatures start out making a ring of single crocheted stitches on an adjustable loop called a magic ring. There are several webpages showing the technique with pictures, but I wondered if I could make an illustration that showed it.
It’s taken several hours, but I think I’ve got it. I am a left handed crocheter, so I did the drawings left handed and then flipped them. It all looks a little strange to me right handed. I’ve decided to collect technical illustrations on a separate page on this blog, so look for the Technical Tips page at the top for the left handed version, along with this one.
Is it helpful, or just confusing? I think I may add a couple more steps to show how to use the ring. I learned a lot, regardless. It was helpful for me to spend some time studying the stitches, it is fascinating how it all comes together. I also learned a lot about Inkscape and am looking for excuses to use it. 🙂
I guess I should get back to cleaning up from my crazy cooking extravaganza, but I’m sure there will be more illustrations in the future…