I’m a little sleepy today, so this blog post might not be quite as detailed and informative as the previous ones. We are two weeks into the blog, which is kind of exciting. And I have three nightshifts until vacation, which is also very exciting.
If I’m lucky, I’ll finish my cabled sweater over vacation, but I’m not holding my breath. I’ll just be happy if I finish it by October.
Davina (my sister, for those of you who are not already familiar with her) is getting excited because her master plan is for me to be finished with the toy I want to put into testing before mid-September. You have seen Davina in some of the pictures in the gallery.
She has Asperger’s Syndrome and developmental delays, but she is far more than the sum of her diagnoses. She is, among many other things, one of my biggest fans. Selina the Cat was designed for her and she also has a Tilly the Springer Spaniel made for her that she names Milton. Every morning before I go to bed (if it’s not a work-night at the hospital), I get greeted by Davina checking my progress on the toy designs — particularly if there is one she wants for her massive stuffed animal collection. On days I don’t really feel like crocheting that much, the thought of telling Davina that I didn’t work on any designs-in-progress is enough to get me to put at least a half hour (if not more) in.
Davina is also my animal expert, particularly when it comes to dogs and cats. For as long as I can remember, Davina has loved animals, especially dogs and cats. During a time where I preferred snakes, lizards, and other reptiles and read all I could about them, Davina was reading and collecting books on cats and dogs. I honestly don’t know what happened to all my snake books, but Davina still has her cat and dog books. If I am ever doubtful about the information an internet source provides, I have a ready library and expert at my fingertips.
Davina is constantly asking what I plan to design next, mentally planning which ones she wants to have for herself. And it was because of needing ready answer for her that I developed The List.
The List is just simply a list of probable toy designs, with the name of the toy next to it. If the toy has a name and developing personality, I am more likely to design it. An example of The List is below.
Upcoming Franciscangypsy Designs patterns
1) Oops the Bunny (released January 18, 2015)
2) Timmy the Timid Turtle (Released April 20, 2015)
3) Tilly the Springer Spaniel (Released May 15, 2015)
4) Mike the Platypus (Released August 4, 2015)
Of course, The List contains many more entries than those listed above — nineteen at this time, in fact — but a girl has to have some secrets.