Pre-P.S. Don't forget, today is the last day to get the Daisy Lace Baby Blanket pattern for $2.99 (regular price $6).
Happy Holidays, friend!
Christmas is officially over <insert a massive sigh here>.
How was your Christmas? I hope it was good and that you got lots of yarn.
Maybe it's because I am getting older and the kid is a teenager now, but Christmas doesn't hold the same charm and magic it use it. These days it's more about running around, getting and crossing items off a massive, never ending list! Now that that crazy time is over, I am looking a head to the New Year and what's on my needles and hook.
For this New Year I want to do something different. Since we don't go out got New Years eve, I will be casting on a project to start off the year right. I might do a shawl or a sock. What would you cast-on?
With the cast on in mind, I will be going through my stash to find all my languishing WIPs and over the next three months will either be Finishing them or Frogging them. Seriously, there should not be all these projects just hanging around for months and years, holding up valuable needle and project bag real estate that I know I don't want anymore and will never finish. So why have that stress hanging over my head for another year. Tough decisions will be made. Sure, at one point I really wanted that FO, but times have changed and so has my taste. I can't keep hanging on to what might have been. Life is too short, right?!! Hence, 2018 is the year of strict WIP management.
Of course, you know me, there have to be some sort of rules and guidelines. Nothing serious, just bumper along the lane to keep me on target. Basic Rule #1: Identify all WIPS (this part is scary because I know I will unearth some stellar WIPS. Loose Rule #2: Decide if I want to Finish it or Frog it. No judgement, just fast gut reaction - Do I want this? Do I want to continue to knit/crochet this? Guideline #3: This all have to be done by March 31st. No excuses! Clean off those needles so you can start something new.
That's not too much to ask, right? I am sure some emotions will come up as I go through and find projects long forgotten (there will be lots of wine involved), but I know I massive yarnie weight will be lifted off my shoulders. Hence, I want to invite you to join me on these little adventures.
Come cast-on with me on New Year's Eve and use #KnitDesignsNYECastOn to tag your projects on social media.
Also, I would love for you to join me with my finish or frog it first quarter challenge. Use the hashtag #KnitDesignsFinishFrogQ1 across social media to share your progress. Let's chat and support each other, because this will not be easy.
Today is the last day to the Daisy Lace Baby Blanket pattern for only $2.99.
New Year's eve cast on - are you joining me? (#KnitDesignsNYECastOn).
Finish or Frog it challenge for Q1 2018. Let's do this together (#KnitDesignsFinishFrogQ1).
ATTENTION KNIT & CROCHET DESIGNERS:
What I've found is that designers don't want to be sales-y, so they don't promote their work because they don't know what to say or what to do or when. But if you are not talking about yourself and your designs, no one will know about either, and then you won't have a business.
The concept that if you build it they will come or that your designs should speak for itself is all a myth!
In my new program, Pattern Launch Plan, I'll show you what to say on social media, what to blog about, what to email your list, etc. and most importantly, when - in order to grow you design brand and generate more revenue.
Over the past couple weeks I have been slowly self-republishing designs I had published in magazines. I know sometimes you like a pattern and don't want to commit to a year-long subscription, so I am making it easy for you to get the one or two patterns you want.
Also, don't forget to get yourself something as well. This holiday season, I am putting self-care on the top of my list and I hope you will join me. My self-care is knitting and crocheting more of the things I want (like socks of course! If you're following me on Facebook, you can see I am a bit obsessed at the moment, but I'm not complaining because it makes me feel good) and less of the things I HAVE-TO that is more of a chore (like chores, hehe!).
One last thing. As a Holiday Gift, get my Shawl Bundles (there is one for knitters and one for crocheters), where I put together 6 of my top selling and favorite shawl patterns together for you Buy each of the 6 patterns individually and pay $36. Get them all in the bundle and pay only $18. That's a 50% OFF saving!). Get them here>>> Crochet Shawl Bundle //Knit Shawl Bundle
So, this holiday season take a bit of time for yourself to knit and crochet more.
See you in the New Year,
The $2.99 sale on the Daisy Lace Baby Blanket pattern ends Dec 26th.
Pre-P.S. The discount on the new KnitDesigns by Tian crochet pattern, Linstead Shawl, is still available until noon (12pm EST) today, December 7, 2017. Don't miss out!! Find it and purchase it here>>Check out Linstead Shawl here
I just had to share this new knit pattern with you because it is so fun and perfect for relaxing this holiday season - it's not one of my designs. It's a pattern I tech edited a little while ago and so proud of the finished pattern.
This is the Orlets Pulloverby designer Nadya Stallings. She is a prolific designer working with major publishers, with designs that varies in style and complexity. If you are not familiar with Nadya's work, you have to go check them out here.
The Orlets Pullove is an oversized and cozy sweater. Can't you just imagine snuggling down on a snowy afternoon, with a favorite book by the fire, wearing this pullover over tights while hubby plays on the floor with the kids? No, just me?
This pattern is the first of a 3-pattern collection, Gem Hill. The next pattern will be the Turquoise Wrap and then the Carnelian Dress. Gem Hill collection contains surprise patterns which will be removed as soon as the third pattern is available for sale. So, grab the collection now for only $14.50 to get the Orlets Pullover, bonus patterns, the Turquoise Wrap, and the Carnelian Dress.
When you're done with your holiday knitting, make this for yourself.