Because isn’t your first post supposed to be?
I read a lot of knitting blogs, some for the content, many for the images of things the blogger loves or is working on. I am drawn by the way community is created online. Where physical friends, who share your great passions, can be lacking in your own community, one can find a never ending supply online. I love to celebrate the success of other bloggers when they release a pattern, book, or just finish a project that they have been challenged by.
So what brought me to start my own blog? Several years ago, I was inspired by the host of The Amazing Race, Phil Keoghan, who said he has a bucket list that he purposefully tries to complete. While a life long list of items was a bit daunting, I decided that I would challenge myself to do ten new things a year. Since then I have seen a baby born, bungy jumped, taken a cooking class, run several marathons and traveled to new destinations. In 2011, I planned on making my first knitting pattern, but only being in my second year of knitting, it felt overwhelming and I pushed it off. However, it stayed in the back of my mind, nagging me. This year, I have seen some wonderful knitwear designers have great success, specifically Jane Richmond. She is an amazing designer who creates simple, everyday designs that I find so appealing, but I have a hard time finding on sites like Ravelry. It finally gave me the idea of what I need to design. Design what is missing! Simple fun patterns for the modern woman. It happens that about this time, I also started a mini-adiction to Malabrigo’s Rasta and felt like it was the perfect format to make something that fit this description.
How do you get started though? I enrolled in a class through the amazing Knit City event held in October in Vancouver, and designer Liz Abinante, of Feministy, taught a great class on pattern design and the process of getting your design out and available to people. So here I am. I’m creating a spring board for my ideas and an environment to reach out to other knitters for community. I have two patterns in the works using Rasta that I plan to release in January. And even if my sisters and I are the only ones who knit them, I’ll still be proud of accomplishing something new.
So raise your needles, then knit a row. Here’s to an epic beginning!