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’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’m having a knitting problem. Too many projects…too little time. This isn’t a new problem but I don’t think I’ve ever had so many designs on the go before.
I’ve almost finished a couple of simple wee ones…
This is a headband – only problem – I might have to find a neater way to do the edges. It looks fine when it’s on a head but a bit wavy when off…
Here is my latest wrist warmer design – also almost done:
There were two reasons this design was left for a bit – I ran out of one of the colours and couldn’t find my tapestry needle for weaving in the ends!
Next is a design for a spring/summer top so I’ve got a bit of time to finish that:
I’m almost done with a more wintery top in yummy chunky undyed wool:
I’ve either got to finish it pronto or keep it on the backburner until Autumn. This one was left for a bit because I needed more wool for it and it wasn’t cheap…
And last but most importantly I’ve started designing something specially for my Mum who is very unwell at the moment. I’m hoping to finish it soon and sell the pattern through Just Giving to raise money for Cancer Research UK. It’s a scarf/shawl knit on the bias:
Hopefully I can finish at least a couple of these over the weekend and I won’t feel like I’ve got quite so many balls (of wool) in the air!
If you haven’t heard from me in a while it’s because I’ve been on a bit of a designing binge. I have decided to concentrate on small projects until I get more experience under my designing belt and I have been really enjoying designing a few wrist warmers/muffatees/fingerless glove type things.
So far, I have three wrist warmer patterns almost done and one cowl. Here is the first of the wrist warmer patterns I have managed to finish this week.
Just thought I’d let you know that I’ve published another pattern! I know, it’s far too industrious of me, isn’t it? Well, it is another wee-ish easy one, so that explains it. It is my first cowl and it has pom-poms again. Have I mentioned that I love pom-poms? Well, I thought it would be quite fun to use pom-poms as buttons, so I tried it with Pomsky (apparently this is what you call a cross between a Pomeranian and a husky – personally I’d have gone with Fluffball.)
I know, I’m like a number 10 bus, don’t post for ages, then deluge you with info…well, two posts anyway…
I have been feeling very knitting fruitful of late and after releasing Bergy Bit as a pattern, I decided to also add it as a made-to-order item in my Etsy store and my Folksy store. The going feels good! I am almost finished my next design so I’m feeling positive and brimming with ideas at the moment. And that is all that matters to me just now – ideas. Maybe, in five years time, if no-one has taken any interest in my ideas, I’ll be more disheartened, but right now, it doesn’t matter. It’s all about good times, autumn, yarn and cosiness.