It’s rather an open-ended title. Am I offering a mission statement for this blog? Or giving you a run-down of what you are letting yourself in for when you purchase a pattern of mine?
Both? Either of the above?
I don’t really know what I expect of this blog, I expect it to shift according to my needs and those of my (potential) readers. I hope also to eventually make it so people can purchase my patterns from here in an organized fashion, although that may take some effort and time.
As for what to expect from a Franscicangypsy Designs pattern… I design toys. I believe I stated that in the first post, though I failed to mention that they are very large toys. Like close to 20 inches tall large. I want my toys to be cuddly. I want them to have character. And I don’t want to have to contend with safety eyes, which actually, in my humble opinion, aren’t so safe after all, since I’ve had them fall out of other toys I’ve made. Plus they’re a pain in the neck to get to close around the fabric properly. If you’ve ever put safety eyes in a toy, you know what I’m talking about.
Anyway, total sidetrack; back to what I was saying. I didn’t want to contend with safety eyes. So all my toys have colorwork eyes. The eyes aren’t coming out, because they are a part of the fabric. And there is so much more room for the toy’s “character” to come out and for expression to be achieved. It’s like drawing or sculpting, but with yarn.
So, to condense, I wanted to provide a child-safe cuddly toy with a lot of character.
You can also expect tutorial videos in my patterns and the ability to “size down”. I design with worsted weight yarn and so you can easily make a “baby” animal by merely going down in your yarn or hook size. Personally, when I want to make a baby animal I go down to a DK or sport weight yarn and an E hook. I’ve had one tester who made one of my larger toys out of fingering weight yarn. There’s just that much freedom when making toys; you can size it based on your needs.
Finally, you can expect that I love my toys. That is, I am a consumer of my own patterns. Most of my toys I have made not just once, but twice. One of them I have even made five times, and, since it is one of my favorites, I will probably make it again. So I want you to enjoy my patterns to and love to hearing about your experiences with my patterns!
And now I am beginning to ramble. It is getting close to my bedtime and I have a design-in-progress staring at me, demanding to be worked on for a couple more rows before I go to bed.
Until next time!