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!
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. 

Are you an aspiring knit and crochet designer needing more help figuring our where to start?

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