I’ve just released my 25th knitting pattern on Ravelry. For some reason this seems like a massive milestone to me. It may be because I’ve read about designers having great upturns in customers at 25, 50 and 100 patterns… but I don’t think this pattern is going to do that for me as it’s not a hugely popular category. I think it just feels like a good number of patterns to have. A quarter of a century of knitting patterns… It may also be because I’m so slow at finishing and releasing patterns, every round(ish) number feels like an accomplishment.
Anyway, to the pattern!
It’s a wee bag, I designed it for taking with me when I walk my dog…
But it would work as a project bag or even for festivals (which was the original purpose of the bag I was replacing!)
It’s called the Highweek Bag after my favourite local dog-walking area.
I have been using it often since finishing it and it’s surprisingly sturdy (I wasn’t sure how well the pockets or drawstrings would hold out with heavy stuff in but they have been key, heavy purse and full juice bottle carrying heroes!)
As this is my 25th pattern, I decided to have a 25% off sale of all my patterns on Ravelry which goes on until the 25th of August. If you’re not keen on the bag, why not have a look a some of my other patterns while the sale is on…
Now, I’m already working on numbers 26 to 30…
For all you dog lovers, here’s one last doggy pic!
I have spent the last week messing about with different software applications trying to design myself a logo for my knitting business.
This was a bit tricky as I didn’t really know what I was doing…I used Open Office Draw, then used Microsoft Paint and finally back to Open Office to convert it to an image… and each of these steps took me so long to figure out what I was doing! I’m sure there is probably an easier way.
At the beginning, I wanted a crescent moon shape with the text travelling across the moon and the ‘cut out bit’ in colours that shadowed each other. I couldn’t figure out how to do that. Here is a really awful ‘outtake’ where I tried to freehand draw the moon and type text…
A bit funky… but not quite what I was looking for…
The application I was using didn’t seem to like layering text on top of an object as well as outside it (or even across two objects – which I tried!) While trying to do this, I accidentally made a full moon with the text in the middle. And this is how I stumbled across my logo.
I wanted something simple and serene. This was my first draft:
I really liked the shape and the different tones of the words and how ‘moon’ shows up in white. I got some advice from friends on Instagram and was told that the word ‘the’ stood out more than the other words which wasn’t what I wanted. So I went back and played with it again. (Once I was more familiar with the software I was using, it was fun playing around with it – I tried it in loads of different colours!)
When I was adjusting the colours of the words, I decided to try a few different shades and use a gradient to see how that looked as the original was perhaps a little bit flat.
This is the logo I settled for in the end and I’m really happy with it…
So, another adventure in my knitting design travels is complete. And believe me… if I can stumble my way to a logo – so can anyone.
Has anyone else designed their own logo? How did you find it?