This year so far has been one of change and upheaval on all fronts, both good and bad. Most of the time things feel like too much to write about, or even talk about. There is one big change that I need to share, though.
Back in the spring, Kim
persuaded me to go to the Summer TNNA Show
with her. It took some time for me to make the decision to go, and I almost bailed for financial reasons. In the end I went, I roomed with Kim and Julie Holetz
, and nothing could have prepared me for how much fun I had!
I met a ton of wonderful people, many of them other designers with whom I've had online contact. I had a great meeting with Amy
about the fall issue of Knitty
. It was so awesome and useful, I wish we could meet like that every issue. AND, I made some really exciting contacts with dyers, yarn companies, magazine editors... in short, all the kinds of people you want to meet in this industry if you want design work.
And so, I am now working as a designer in both knitting and crochet. I spend a lot of time swatching, sketching, taking notes as I work on samples. I have designs that will be published soon in magazines! I'll post here when new designs are available.
The next one will be a self-published sweater pattern that will be available Monday. It's the new-and-improved version of this
sweater. Looking back at that blog entry, it's embarrassing to realize that it's taken me more than 2 years to get around to completing this.
I'm working harder than I can remember ever working before, and I have more energy and excitement to put into the work than I can remember ever having. Although I have had a number of designs published in books, I have resisted making design work a major part of my life. My stated reason was that I didn't want all my knitting/crochet time to become work time, that I liked having these activities be things I did for pleasure.
Really, though, I think I was just afraid to commit, and afraid of not succeeding. I had an experience this year which made me realize that I've been pretty consumed with fear of all kinds for a long, long time now, and that I could just put the fear down and walk away. Bits of it are still clinging to me, but I'm also making a lot of really positive changes in my life. This new career is one of the most wonderful things to come out of it so far, and I kind of feel like the changes are only just beginning. I'm looking forward to the future now in a way I haven't done in a long time.