Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Is it too late to start designing?



Is it too late to be a successful knit and crochet designer?

The assumptions are that the massive resurgence the fiber industry went through in 2007/2008, a lot of designers were born to fill in the need for patterns for the growing market.

Names were made. Stars we created.

There were tons of new (and returning) knitters and crocheters, and there was a huge need for current and updated patterns.

Now, a decade later, the fiber industry has calmed down a bit. There are some questions.

Is there still that need for modern and innovative designs?  Are all the holes for new patterns filled? Is there room for new designers? Is it too late? Did you miss the boat?

The truth is, there is still PLENTY of room for you. It is not too late.

It is not about luck. It is about your willingness to do the work and crave out a niche in the market for yourself and your work.

You might be saying: 
  • I don’t have time because…
    • I have a full-time job that take up a huge part of my day and I am too tired at the end of the day to make a go at designing.
    • I have a family, I homeschool my kids and can’t fit another thing into my day.  
  • I don’t money to buy the yarn, tools, software, etc. to put together a great design.
  • I don’t have the resources or connections. I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere (rural area) with no one like me.
The truth is… You are not a special snowflake.  These are all just excuses.

You can do it. You are not uniquely special.

Others have done it. You can do it too. You just have to be willing to do the work.

There is still a space for you and what you have to offer.

I believe it’s Jeff Goins that says, “if you are looking for a way to fail, you will find it. If you are looking for a way to success, you will find it.”

It is not too late.


P.S. I am working on a design for Artisan Yarns (from Hampden Hills Alpacas). It will be a cape worked from the top-down with a collar in gradient DK 100% alpaca yarn. I want to share the process of designing this pattern, row by row with you so that you can follow along (... and knit up the pattern for free). Is this something you might be interested in? If you are, sign up here and I'll share the pattern as I work on it. Not sure how this will work, but details to come when available.


Until next time... Stitch on!
Tian
A rising tide lifts all boats!

Tian Connaughton is a knit and crochet designer, technical editor, and coach. Her mission is to help aspiring designers to develop their ideas, build confidence, and live the life they've always dreamt. 






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Friday, August 4, 2017

Never drop the ball on your second sock again



Do you love handknit socks?

I love socks!

The type of socks doesn’t matter. I love them all...short ones, long ones, plain ones, fancy one, cuff down, toe up… it doesn’t matter.

But I hate making them because I hardly ever finish the second sock.

Yep, I get wicked second sock syndrome.

Maybe this sounds like you:
... You find a new sock pattern you want to make. You go through the process of picking out just the right yarn. You start knitting and it’s exciting, and sexy… in the beginning, just like when you meet a guy and start a new relationship, right? You sit down to cast-on. Your eyes are shining, your heart is all aflutter, everything is perfect.

Then after a few days you hit a stumbling block. You get stuck somewhere along the pattern, you make a mistake, the frustration set in.

The glow begins to fade on you sock WIP like that not-so-shiny new boyfriend that comes over and leaves the toilet seat up! All that exhilaration you felt when picked out the yarn and started the sock is diminishing.

Sock knitting anxiety sets in. You can’t get ahead.

There is a kind of shame that goes with all those sock WIPS piling up. You have too many yarns, an overwhelming stash, and you’re feeling the guilt of starting but NOT finishing a complete pair of socks.

The truth is, you want to finish and wear those darn socks. You want to proudly roll up your pant leg to show off your fibery masterpiece and say I MADE THESE!

I want that to be me. I want to be that weirdo that pull up my pant leg to complete strangers in the grocery store to show them the socks I knit.

…And I want to do that with the Cranberry Harvest Socks. Have you seen those socks? OMG, they look amazing, and I don’t want to end up with just one completed sock.

Knowing myself pretty well, I know I can’t do this by myself. After sharing my desire to make the Cranberry Harvest Socks and the inevitable shame when I don’t complete the second sock, my yarnie buddy Ashlee over at Smashlee Stitches came up with the brilliant idea of doing a knit-a-long (KAL) together. The idea is that we will knit the socks together and provide support and motivation to help each other complete the pair. (Side note: I’m pretty competitive at times. Ashlee doesn’t know this, but even though this isn't a race I’m gonna win, hehehe.) Because the bottomline is that we drop the ball on our knitting projects and having someone on the journey helps to prevent those languishing WIPS.

So, I thought this would be fun to have you join us as well as we support and motivate each other on this journey to finish these socks.

If you don’t want to just start socks that never gets completed. If you want to start and FINISH a complete pair of these Cranberry Harvest Socks, join us in the KAL.


Here are the KAL details: 
When: August 13, 2017 to September 30, 2017.

Where: Ravelry Group (I Like Knitting and I Cannot Lie)
Post your yarn choice, in progress photos, chat, give and seek support and motivation.

Where to get the pattern: The Cranberry Harvest Socks are available in the August 2017 issue of I Like Knitting Magazine 

Drawing:
If you finish your Cranberry Harvest Socks (a complete pair) by September 30, 2017, you qualify for a Random Drawing.

Prize:
Yarn and patterns (details to come). Be sure to join the Ravelry Group to get details as they become available.






Until next time... Stitch on!
Tian
A rising tide lifts all boats
Tian Connaughton is a knit and crochet designer, technical editor, and coach. Her mission is to help aspiring designers to develop their ideas, build confidence, and live the life they've always dreamt. 











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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tech Edit: Knit and Crochet Pattern Design

Putting out a knit or crochet pattern is super fun and exciting. You get to write out your ideas to share with the world. You hit {PUBLISH} and your baby, the pattern you have been working on sometimes for quite some time, is out in the world for everyone to enjoy.
But you didn't count on all the emails. They are coming in faster than you can respond.

 

You're overwhelm!

You didn't count on all the support you would need to provide. Dealing with pattern support can be a nightmare if your design is full of errors or not clear.

You don't want to get tons of email and Ravelry messages from angry knitters and crocheters finding errors or not understanding what you "meant to say." That is no fun and it kills your credibility for quality patterns. And it kills your desire and drive to put out more designs of your original ideas.


Make the emails and Ravelry messages you get be ones that praise your design and not condemn the pattern.

 

YOU NEED A TECH EDITOR!


So does a Tech Editor do: A tech editor does more than just read over the pattern for punctuations. A Tech Editor check for pattern clarity and consistency, so that the pattern says what you "mean to say." Also, a Tech Editor check your math, grading, and schematics.

That's just the basics. 


Want to hire me to tech edit your next knit and crochet design? Click here to Request a Pattern Tech Edit


What does KnitDesigns by Tian do? How am I different? 

The basics are not good enough. I provide more.

I have been a knit & crochet designer since 2008. I have been a tech editor since 2010. My background is in corporate finance and accounting where I wrote training manuals for new and existing employees, state side and abroard. This has allowed me to hone my skills in creating instructions that are clearly written for many different skill levels to understand. Additionally, I've written reports and edited published quarterly reports for head of departments. Numbers and clearly presenting information to a wide spectrum audience is how I spent my days.


What tech edit clients are saying:
"Thanks Tian for the great edits!  I’ve made the changes you suggested."


Now I am bringing that attention to detail and clarity to knit and crochet design.


Beyond my corporate background, why hire me?
I give advise on the overall pattern ranging from gauge, to tone consistency, to layout. I create schematics and charts so you can reach a wider audience. Beyond that, I work with YOU until the pattern is polished, not just until the billable hour is up.

What you get?
When you hire me, you preserve your individual voice throughout your pattern, which I think is very important for designers to develop and maintain their writing styles.

Additionally, you get a report {I did mention I have a background in Finance and Accounting, so reports are kinda part of my DNA, my life blood}. But don't worry. The report is supper short and filled with stuff you want to read, such as notations for suggested changes and recommendations on area to strengthen the pattern. I am here until you hit {PUBLISH}.

What to expect from my tech edits:
"Looks good, very thorough. Thanks!"


PUBLISH WITH CONFIDENCE

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Summer adventures in crochet _ motifs



Did I ever tell you my Adventure Cowl made the cover of I Like Crochet August 2016. When I received my copy of the magazine issue, I was so shocked to see my design on the cover.




The Adventure Cowl is an airy accessory made up of 2 different crochet motifs in Knit Picks Hawthorne fingering in color #26682 Beaumont. Using 2 different motifs instead of only one throughout is sure to keep your interest, from start to finishing.


What is better to work on during the dog days of summer than small motifs you can carry around that wont make you overly warm. Even better, you can make each motif separately and seam, or you an use the join-as-you-go method. AND... the bright variegated color used is perfect for the summer season. Dress up your summer outfits as you head out to that hot BBQ.

Want this pattern? Now is the perfect time.

SUMMER SALE: Get 30% OFF 2 patterns from KnitDesigns by Tian using coupon code YARNCRUSHING. Just go to the KnitDesigns by Tian Ravelry shop (click here), place 2 or more patterns in your cart, enter the coupon code YARNCRUSHING to get your discount.

Now, I need your help. I want to make another Adventure Cowl still using Hawthorne fingering but there are so many great color options and I can't decide. Help me pick the next color. I am thinking Sellwood or Fremont. Which color would you choose? One of these or another? Leave a comment below and let me know which color you choose.








Until next time... Stitch on!
Tian
A rising tide lifts all boats
Tian Connaughton is a knit and crochet designer, technical editor, and coach. Her mission is to help aspiring designers to develop their ideas, build confidence, and live the life they've always dreamt. 


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