From a link on Problogger, I found an article entitled 22 Ways To Overclock Your Brain. It was pretty standard stuff but I thought I could use the article as an opener for today’s exercise. Specifically, here are the factors that were listed to increase your brainpower that we’ll be using today:
8. Do A Puzzle
10. Improve Your Skill At Things You Already Do
18. Learn Something New
If you’re game, play with fixing this pattern for a pair of polar fleece mittens. This was the original pattern I’d gotten from a client over ten years ago (I’m still sorting through my racks for oddities). Unfortunately, I don’t have the pattern I corrected as it was sent to the client (who never paid me by the way; it was Jessica the Genius from pg. 192 of my book). The version I made for her were a variation of work mittens that had been manufactured for volunteers employed by the Civil Conservation Corp during the Great Depression. Regrettably, I don’t have the vintage mittens anymore since those belonged to my ex, Mr. Fasanella who inherited them from his father. The design of those were quite interesting and unique; I wouldn’t mind getting another look at those should the opportunity present itself. I think Jessica ended up naming them the C3 mittens (she was into naming everything).
Onto the project at hand, since the weather has turned chilly, maybe we can have a little fun making up some useful prototypes. Let’s have a little contest for the funniest, whackiest or most stylish renditions. We’ll vote on a winner and even have a prize. If you enter, you agree to make your pattern available for free here as a download. However, if someone wants to manufacture your mittens, they’ll have to pay you a licensing fee (nothing outrageous please). Here are the pieces:
You can print out the full size version of the inside piece 140 kb) and the outside piece (152 kb) and staple those to a manila folder to start the project. I’d recommend you start by walking them together. You’ll find plenty of room for improvement. The crazy thing is, Jessica was selling tons of these things but I can’t fathom how they were actually sewn together with any consistency.
So let’s have some fun with this and learn something in the process. Submit your photos and we’ll let everybody vote. The person who submits the best pattern design wins a free book! Email your submissions to me or post links to your project in comments, or both.