On Designing and Publishing…

Today has been a remarkable day for me… I’ve been designing my own knitting projects for several years, but it’s only been something I’ve shared with others since April. As someone who is still starting out in this industry, this date will forever be a hallmark.

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that last week I published a new pattern.

Because someone believed in my work, and in me, and what I’ve decided to do, today was a day where things went a bit viral. Our local representative for Cascade Yarns, Marsha, shared a photo of my work with the owner of the company. I’m flattered that she even asked, but what happened next took me completely by surprise.

Late in the afternoon, I stepped out from work for a quick break, to discover I had over 100 new emails. As I started to scroll, I realized the bulk of them were personal messages acknowledging my new pattern, and sales receipts for having purchased it! I literally had to sit down, as I couldn’t believe what my eyes saw….

I design because I want something different. I publish, because I hope someone, somewhere feels the same. Today, I learned that it’s really true. Knitters all over the world have acknowledge my work, and been downloading it in droves.

I’m at a loss for words. I’m currently sitting in a comforting and anonymous place thinking about it. This hasn’t been the easiest of paths, and some days when I’m feeling down, I question what I’ve chosen. Today, that decision got reaffirmed in some major ways.

All that I can say, is thank you…

Thank you Marsha, for being that conduit…

Thank you Cascade, for recognizing what I create…

And thank you, to knitters near and far. You’ve allowed me to teach you new things, and to share my ideas with you, and in turn, you are helping me sustain and support myself…

And thank you to Miko and Jennifer, for helping me find this path. You started a fire, and once lit, you’ve continued to fan the flames.

I’m still uncertain. And I’m still a bit shaken. But days like this remind me that I made the right choice for myself.

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