I love working on projects in my spare time that combine my hobbies with my day-to-day user experience design work. I've been working on a personal project to create a knitting counter app that helps eliminate a common problem that knitters experience: forgetting to use a counter at all. Here I'm documenting my process, from early design work to completion of the app (in progress). The project has gone through the research, ideation, sketching, and storyboarding phase, and now I'm building a prototype in InVision to test out UI flow and the UX design.
I've often wanted some kind of app that I could use to give my friends virtual high fives. So I decided it would be a fun side project to design and prototype such an app, from the early sketching phases to the prototyping phase, and through to the development phase should I get that far. You can currently view an InVision prototype of the app in progress.
I've been knitting for twenty-five years and spinning my own yarn for nearly fifteen years. I currently have four alpacas that provide me with my own fleece to work with, and I'm hoping to have a few more someday. Fiber work is a very serious hobby of mine, and I stream the process of making yarn and preparing fiber for spinning on my Twitch channel. I also have a small online shop for my herd and fiber arts work, The Glorious Grazers.
Why do I make yarn? I do it for many reasons, but one reason is because it's an awesome feeling to have taken something that came directly from a raw resource and take it all the way to something that's not only functional, but beautiful. The following is just a sample of recent things I've made in the years I've been spinning, some of which is yarn and some of which are things that I've knit from yarn that I've made. All of these items use my own alpaca fleece and involve the entire cleaning, carding, dyeing, and spinning process.