Hey, guys! It’s a cold Sunday morning here in Northern VA. It’s barely morning — 01:54 — and I’m nursing a headache with some Raspberry Chai Latte Tea and rocking to some Taylor Swift music (read: dancing badly while still sitting). The toy I’m designing is staring at me like I’m insane and I’m looking super-chic in my big flannel insulated jacket and hand knits. Seriously the best way to spend the weekend.
I spent all yesterday night figuring out how to make the tutorial videos for my patterns better. I’m my own camera woman since I usually record tutorial videos in the way late hours of night/wee hours of the morning when it is just me, myself, and I awake in the house. Hence, it’s very complicated trying to figure out just the right way to set up the camera so you can consistently see my hands in the vidoes. I had figured out a set-up using my iPhone, a selfie stick, and a Stuntsman camera harness, but then iPhone got mad at all the videos I was trying to put on it and I had to improvise once again.
So, still ended up using the camera harness and the selfie stick (which is stuck awkwardly between me and the harness; believe me, this is actually the most comfortable configuration I’ve tried), but I switched out the iPhone for the camera I use for podcasting. I still have to pay attention to keeping my hands in shot, but at least I’m not hitting the camera with my hands as much as I used to. I hope y’all will notice some improvements in the video quality for the tutorials. It’s a process that is constantly being tweaked and improved upon.
Anyway, I wasn’t just trying to make a better tutorial video for my health or out of idle curiosity… I have another pattern out for testing! Meet Bruce the Bat!
I’ve been working on him since last year around Halloween-time. A friend of my runs the Undead Yarn Podcast and had a Horror themed knit-along/crochet-along going on at the time and I really wanted to finish this design in time. Well, that didn’t happen, but here he finally is. I hope y’all think he was worth the wait. He was the first design I started of the three designs I’ve been concurrently working on/hiding from you over the past few months. He turned out a lot cuter than I anticipated — not to mention, fruit bats are a lot cuter than I thought.
I mean how can you not love those little faces? They look like little puppy dogs, but with wings! That is the kind of look I wanted to go for with my design. The little puppy-dog look that fruit bats have that just makes me want to go Awwwwww.
The plan is to release the pattern for general purchase March 17th, but it may be sooner if my testers continue to be the speedsters they’ve been with the Brat pattern. So keep your eyes peeled!
And have a blessed and happy Sunday!