Thursday, 12 January 2017

Waiting

I've got four submissions out for consideration now, and only one call that I'm working on ideas for while doing some sample knitting.  It's a lovely rest from deadlines and craziness and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.  I've been working really hard on planning my patters for the next year, my goal is to release one a month and it looks like it's going to be doable.  Some of the patterns need photos still, with some formatting while I insert the photos but nothing too onerous.  There are 5 that sill need a lot of work, but 7/12 being done except for photos is great for mid January, I think.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Samples

I'm doing some sample knitting with some stunning cashmere yarn.  I'm knitting the sample for the second time, despite having tracking Canada Post managed to loose the original package, but I'm really enjoying reknitting the hat.  The pattern is pretty, the yarn is scrumptious, and my submissions are all in so I can work on fun stuff.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Discipline

There are some magazine submissions I want to get in, it's pretty close to the deadline and I've made a list of the things I need to get done each day in order to get them in on time.  The things are very boring tasks, weaving in ends and doing write ups.  There are so many interesting things I want to do so badly but they have to wait if I want these submissions to go in, and I do want them to go in.  I'm trying to be patient with myself, I know it will pay off.  In about a week I'll go nuts with all the fun tasks I have on my list.

Monday, 2 January 2017

What a Run

This Christmas has been insanely busy, but in a really wonderful way.  There was so much time with family that I've barely sat at a computer (hence the lack of posts).  There are multiple submission deadlines in the next week or so for me so things got really real yesterday, but I've figured out what I have to get done each day and it's doable.  

It was worth it.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Insane

This week has been nuts and there is a party happening at my house in a couple hours, after I finish typing this I have to check facebook to see exactly what time I said the party is starting, because I can't remember.  I'm glad I finished so much last week because my knitting to do list has exploded (in a lovely way, it's just that there are some early January deadlines and between now and then is Christmas).

I'm really excited about the design I'm working on to propose to a yarn company that has a call out now, it's not something that I would ever normally knit for myself which is one of the fun things about responding to calls for submissions: it gets me working with ideas and styles that never would have occurred to me.  I

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Finishing

Since the start of November I've been working really hard to finish up some designs I'd been working on.  I had about 10 of them in various stages of completion; some just needed charts, others needed formatting, others maybe just a bit of work to finish the sample and photography and I decided that I wanted to push through getting most of those finished before starting other new designs.  Mostly because I wanted to be able to clear my head a bit, there's something nice about starting something new when there isn't a laundry list of things that will need to be done eventually floating around my head.  I've been working and working and the list is down to three.  

Three is great, because there are different stages of a design and sometimes it's nice to work on one of the later stages--taking a break from sizing a pattern so I can do something easier like formatting, for example.  Last night I sat down and made a list of the things I want to work on.  I'm almost through my to do list for the month and making that list felt so light, happy.  It's going to be a good December. :)

Monday, 5 December 2016

Charts

I like charted patterns, although for anything other than colourwork I always try to include both charted and written instructions in my patterns, given that they're sold digitally I figured why not give people the choice?  A while ago I was watching some of Kate Heppell's Kitty Knits vlogs (they're on youtube and she's lovely, you should check her out) and she mentioned that there is a large segment of knitters who can't read charts.  I thought that was a funny statement, they's a key right there and I think they're so intuitive, plus it's the sort of thing that's easy to learn even if it looks like Greek the first time, at least that's what I thought.

Last week I was knitting something, there was a shape made out in reverse stockinette and I had a chart showing which sts were purled and which were knit.  There were only the two symbols and they clearly made out a particular shape when an older friend who is a very competent knitter walked by, saw the paper, and exclaimed, "that can not be a knitting pattern!  Is that a knitting pattern?  How can you read that?"  Genuine questions, from someone well versed in all things knitting.  I was considering leaving the written instructions out of this pattern but I have been put quite firmly back in my place.   Isn't it so funny how something so clear to one person is confusing to another?  I would have found working written instructions for this particular pattern maddeningly frustrating, I make way more mistakes when I use them, my dyslexia makes using written instructions pretty difficult but she would have been able to do it no problem, while finding the way I do things simply foreign.