Something strange has happened to me this year. When I started working for Simply Knitting and The Knitter in January, I thought I’d give myself a break from designing and concentrate on working (and then sleeping). Three months in and I’ve still written 3 patterns – but these are for the magazines and not Buttons and Beeswax.
I decided it was about time I made some things for myself. Any followers of my Instagram will have seen these in parts, as it seems easier to post pictures regularly than write blog posts.
To cut a long story short I’ve rediscovered knitting for a hobby. Having a full time job, coming home, putting your feet up and following someone else’s pattern is something to be said for. No working things out!
Last year I was writing patterns full time, and any knitting time was spent making the designs I was working on. Once finished, I started something new – anything else felt like I was wasting time when I could be making money. Doing bar work in the evenings just made me feel there was something better to be doing – I was just killing time until I could get home and put my head into designing. And drinking more than I wanted to be. (Sorry Windmill, I love you really!)
At the moment, I’m loving not designing in my free time. I’m still taking on commissions from work, and I still have ideas, which are growing by the bucketload due to the line of work that I’m in. So many beautiful patterns pass through my hands on a daily basis I’d be crazy not to be influenced or want to make any of them for myself.
So I made these:
The circle socks were a direct result of sock jealously after I finished the Strings socks for Chris. It simply wasn’t fair that he could slouch around in a pair of hand knit socks and I couldn’t. (Although the cable socks he bought me from Fatface were definately helping.)
I really enjoyed the colourwork and found this pattern on Ravelry by Fnugg. It’s free too – not something that was in my search criteria, but how could I resist! I changed it slightly so the circles go all around the sock and I wanted to make it toe-up – but I think my afterthought heel could be a bit neater. I just haven’t quite grasped colourwork in the round neatly enough yet.
And then I made these:
After visiting Wonderwool and seeing the lovely Rachel Coopey’s designs in the flesh, I couldn’t walk by and not take her book with me. I’d already picked up this yarn and wanted to go home and make something with it straight away! I picked Saltburn as I loved the cables, but wanted to make them all one colour. It’s a really fun pattern to knit and I finished them in a week.
To say I’m enjoying myself is an understatement. I forgot that this whole love of knitting stemmed from a hobby in the first place, and trying to turn it into a design career suffocated that a bit. There needs to be an even balance. Quite possibly, I might have found it.
For now, however, I shall mostly be indulging in making things just for me 🙂