I’ve recently decided to try to be more of an all round, professional, efficient designer. So far I’ve begun streamlining my Etsy and Folksy shops (concentrating on uploading patterns rather than selling items to order) and trying to pay more attention to the social media side – I’ve been using Instagram a lot more (it’s become my favourite social site…) and I’ve gotten round to creating a dedicated knitting facebook page at last.
The biggest change I’ve made though, is in having my designs test knitted through Ravelry. I’ve always either test knitted them myself or asked someone I know to do it offline. But I still always had those nagging doubts when I’d send the pattern out there… Is it good enough? Have I missed something? Will someone come back to me and complain? Having strangers test knit has definitely helped with this. I feel much more confident about releasing a pattern that has been thoroughly gone over by others!
This is my latest pattern which has been test knitted:
I’m having another design test knitted as I write. I thoroughly recommend the test knitting process to any new designers. I tried using the Free Pattern Testers thread on Ravelry for the cowl shown above. This is a heavily moderated thread which has quite strict guidelines on what and how you and your testers post. Great for a first try if you’re not sure exactly how to go about it. I am now trying out The Testing Pool which is much more relaxed – it’s basically up to you to set out your expectations and conduct your test as you see fit.
So, what’s the next step for the all-new professional Knitting Moon??? Well, right now, I have 22 patterns in my Ravelry store – I’m aiming for the magical 25 pattern milestone and trying to make myself release a pattern every month…Not sure if I’ll be able to keep that one up but I’m going to give it a try.
Anyone else have test knit tips or stories? I’d like to hear them.
I’ve been experimenting with making a few things with air drying clay recently. This started because I wanted a little dish for my bedside table to put little bits in like hair bands and jewellery. So I made a dish and a tea light holder and a little fox brooch.
They are a bit rough and ready (and cracked and wonky…) but I don’t mind that. They’re just for me and they make me happy.
Dish and fox brooch
Hopefully the cracks in the tea light holder will disappear once it has a lit tea light in it!
Hi again, I’m back super soon with another new pattern! It’s another pair of wrist warmers and came out of the stitch experimenting I talked about here. (I did start on a pattern for a jumper with this stitch and may get back to it some time…)
So, we went for a walk in the woods last weekend and I took my newest designs along to get some photos. We didn’t really have a proper plan for the photos (I will have to sort that out next time – if someone asks me what I did at the weekend I can say “Oh, I just did a photoshoot of my newest design…”). We found a mossy bench and decided to take some photos of the wrist warmers sitting on it with some heather as a prop. I did notice at the time that someone had carved “The Glovers” into the bench but didn’t pay much attention (who were The Glovers? Honeymooning couple? A family commemorating their holiday?)
Then we got home and uploaded the photos…
Anyway, these are called Dream Weaving and you can get the pattern in my Ravelry Shop
Here is another photo with no freakish subtitles this time…
I’m really happy that the lovely Niamh from Tales From A Teapot nominated me for a Versatile Blogger award. It’s great to know that some people are enjoying what you do when you’re tip-tapping away on your lonely keyboard. Please go look at Niamh’s blog – it’s very inspiring.
So apparently this is what I have to do:
If you have been nominated, nominate fellow bloggers that you love and who are relatively new to blogging. Let them know that you have nominated them. Share 7 random facts about yourself. Thank the blogger who has nominated you. Then add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post.
Here are 7 random facts about me…
1. I am addicted to charity shops and car boot sales. Even though it sometimes feels like it takes forever trawling through the trash to find treasure – when you do find it – it makes you skip!
2. I am Scottish but I live in Devon, England – I’ve been there for 7 years and it feels like a home from home for me now.
3. The one thing I miss about living in a city is all the live music.
4. I have a really weird and hard to explain OCD type thing where I have to see and touch certain things in odd numbers. But it doesn’t really affect my life…
5. I have a black labrador called Rory. He will be one year old next month. He loves lying on his back on the sofa with his head on your lap while you scratch his tummy. (I realise this is more a random fact about Rory than me so forgive me)
6. My husband and I got together after he broke his leg in a motorbike accident and visited his friend (my brother) and his family while I was there for my nephew’s christening. We later realised that we used to work together 18 years previously.