Sometimes I feel like 2019 was a bit of a blur. Last year was jammed packed with new adventures and experiences but for the majority of the spring, I was managing a senior dog that was slowly losing her battle with heart failure. A lot of my March and April I actually spent knitting my secret projects for the Harry Potter Knitting Magic book and that also meant I got to spend a lot of that time with Cher curled up next to me. I feel like she’s infused in this project (I’m definitely sure there was a dog hair or two caught up in it). I hadn’t shared the second project in the book and now that it’s out I thought I’d share the Buckbeak pullover I designed.
I make sweaters for myself all the time and when Tanis Gray reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in submitting a design concept I was kind of terrified. I’m not a designer, just someone who really loves to knit and sometimes works up custom things. I told her I definitely had no clue how to grade a pattern and she reassured me that she had a tech editor who would take all my notes and translate it into a real design. This is my concept board that I created for my submission.
We were charged with pulling inspiration from the movies and I have always loved Buckbeak in the Prison of Azkaban movie. So I thought, why not make something that mimics the look of feathers, has a bit of a gradient to match his color and do a full sleeve to represent wings. It’s crazy to me how I sketched this idea and was able to bring it to life.
I made a smaller sample size for the book and when it was finished I took it over to Jess’s to have her try it on because she was small enough to fit it. I was scared no one would get their head through it LOL. It’s very surreal to see people adding this to their queue and several people have messaged me about how much they love this pullover. Even seeing Gaye of GGMadeIt making both of my designs made me feel so proud.
I’ve tried to not limit myself, not be afraid of the what-ifs and just go for things. I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and made something special and that people are enjoying it. That’s all I really want to do in life, do things that make me happy and this definitely makes me happy. I don’t know if I’ll ever be a sweater designer but I know to never say never. And if you bought the book because of me or my designs, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can’t wait to see what you make and share on Ravelry.