My name is Regina Fulton, and I'm a knitter. Well, slightly more than just a mere knitter. I design. When I get the urge to knit something, I roil it over and over in my mind until I get a clear image. I picture the color, the texture, the feel, the fiber, the fit, the recipient -- every aspect I can think of. Most times, I start with the yarn and wait for it to "tell" me what it wants to become. In the end, once a clear image comes to mind, I pull out needles and start swatching. And swatching. And swatching! I swatch until the drape and stitch pattern are exactly what I'm looking for. Sometimes the swatching process lasts for weeks. In knitwear design, swatching is an EXTREMELY crucial step. Get this step right, and the rest of the project goes SO much more smoothly.
Then I cast on. I knit, I frog; I knit some more, and then I frog some more. Rip-it, rip-it, rip-it! Mistakes happen to me a lot. Sometimes I figure numbers wrong in the calculation step, and I have to go back and re-figure them. Sometimes I just get mindless and skip a step or accidentally drop a stitch. I'm human, just like everybody else. The difference is that I keep that clear final image of my project continually in mind and steadily struggle on toward it.