21 September 2011


  Ok.  So the reason for starting this blog long ago was to somehow chronical the jouney from mere knitter to designer...(mind you, I am not stating here "published" designer...wink!)
Its time to post my first three "official" designs.  The patterns are in written form (HANDwritten) and ready enough for anyone else who would care to work them up...although I must admit they are very personal designs and I am not sure just WHO would really be interested in the first place.
But I am going on the advise of a very good friend and taking the leap to put these out there for people to see.
  My first step to "going public" was to set up a Facebook page...yeah, really.  I was pretty sure my friends would be there to sort of stroke my ego enough to prod me on.  I may consider Etsy or some similar site in the future, but first things first.  I have to make these patterns look like something people would actually like to purchase. 
  That is the part that makes me procrastinate (well, along with a few other reasons...but that's another blog post) My computer skills are limited.  I'm sort of kicking myself, as I had actually had a chance to learn the publishing and set up skills I would need to produce professional looking documents.  Way back when I had gone to art school, digital was the "new way", now it is the norm.  I left graphic design because I did not WANT to do computers, I wanted to draw with pencils and pens, and conte crayons and crayola crayons...Now I could use some of those computer skills I would have learned -- oh well, maybe someday...
  I've given the concept a name -- Hübsch Handknits.  It combines my love for the german language and knitting.  It translates "lovely" Handknits.  I am striving to make sure that each finished piece is just that, a lovely handknit. 


stash haus said...

Congrats on taking these next steps!!! Please make sure you look at Ravelry, join one (or more) of the groups for designers, and offer your patterns there - to a concrete, interested population. While I like Facebook, Ravelry will be more useful, I think.



-va- said...

Thanks...I plan on it, I'm just not as "at home" with the workings of Ravelry yet (got to spend some more time there...) I've always sort of given up trying to figure out just where to post things, publish things, etc...I am still a little intimidated by the scope of it too...thought I'd start with my close friends to see what people might think, I'm def. a baby-stepper...but working on that!
Hugs back, Kate!