Back in 2010 I was a relatively new designer, struggling to work out how to write and publish patterns for my own designs. Mostly my work was spontaneous; I would have an idea for something I wanted to knit, and go from there. I was using very basic publishing tools (Microsoft Word!) and working with test knitters instead of a technical editor. With no training, and very little skill, I did my own photography. Though the knitting designs were in my opinion good (I still like them!), compared to what I produce today, my patterns looked very amateruish and unpolished.

Despite their amateurish presentation, many of my early patterns were very successful for me, with hundreds of sales. Because of this I dared to believe that I could make a real financial success from full-time work as a handknit designer, pattern-writer, teacher and author, and have continued to work in this capacity ever since. Along the way I’ve learned a lot, and the publishing tools I use, and my style of writing and presentation are now very different.  I pride myself on producing beautiful, clear, and easy to use patterns.

Because I feel embarrassed by the amateurish look of my early patterns, I am slowly working through them to upgrade them to my current style. This week it was the turn of the Lady of the Wood patterns; a wimple/cowl, and fingerless mittens, both in a beautiful leaf lace pattern. Delicate, wearable, fun to knit, these are garments that deserve to be presented to the best of my ability.

I’ve had more professional photography ready for the Lady of the Wood patterns since the shoots for Lace Knits, because my friend Woolly Wormhead, who shot the garments for Lace Knits, kindly suggested that we should include other items for which I wanted new photography in the shoots. The new images are much better than my originals, and I can’t wait to share them with you, so I’ve included a couple below this post.

The updated patterns are currently with my technical editor, and I hope we will get complete with them sometime tomorrow. Once that’s done I’ll send out a newsletter containing a discount offer for the updated patterns. So, if you are not already a subscriber, I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter now. I hope that for you too the Lady of the Wood designs are something that you want to knit.

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2 thoughts on “Learning By Doing

  1. Sorry you weren’t at EYF but I wore my Hedgerow, got loads of great comments and spread the word about your work!

    1. Thank you so much for telling me about this, which gave me a lovely lift! :o)

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