Going to Big Places

If you have been keeping an eye on my Ravelry designer’s page you may have noticed that not much has changed in the last few months. Painted Plumes came out in March and has done very well but no new patterns have been added. After my father passed away in April knitting and designing took a back burner. I’m happy to report that there are new designs in the works!

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The first of the Fall 2014 patterns is on schedule to come out towards the end of August and there are three more for September and October. One of them is even a free hat pattern! Who doesn’t love free patterns. From the start it has been my intention to offer a selection of free patterns and this will be the first one.

For a preview of unreleased patterns you can check out my projects in Ravelry. There is a tab for JahDK samples and prototypes. As you can see from the image below, about two-thirds of them have yet to be released.

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My big news this week is that I’m heading out on a road trip! Tomorrow morning my partner and I start a little pilgrimage to scatter my father’s ashes in the Rockies and visit with family in BC’s interior. Along the way I’ll be checking out yarn stores, knitting and taking photos like crazy. Who knows, I may even pick up a skein of yarn or two. It has been many. many years since I camped or did any serious hiking but this will all be changing in the next few days! I hope my knees hold up. What ever shape I’m in there will be blog posts about the journey in the next few days. I must admit, I’m rather excited for sleeping in a tent again.

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Worth Waiting For

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Well, Spring is here and the Painted Plumes knitting pattern is ready! This Thursday it will go up on Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy but until then, here are some teaser images of the long-awaited Painted Plumes Shawl. Continue reading

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Bleeding Hearts and Broken Bones

Remember how I spent October in Puerto Vallarta? Me, too. I didn’t want to come, if staying was an option I would have taken it in a heart beat. But it wasn’t, so home we came and, I’m sorry but, things have not gone so great since coming home. November was fine, I got back into the swing of pattern design and was feeling focused. Then December came around and things began to crumble. Continue reading

Don’t Panic – a good lesson to remember

Yesterday I published my second knitting pattern, A Modern Victorian Shawl. This time around I wanted to get a better feel for where sales come from – does time of day make a difference, are they coming from the New Patterns feed or forums I’ve posted in?

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Photo by Lili Vieira De Carvalho

The strategy I devised was to post the pattern in the morning to catch both European and North American viewers instead of eagerly adding the listing at 12:03 am when North America is sleeping. Secondly, resist the urge to post it in forums, on my blog or anywhere else (other than the JahDoily Knits sites, Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy). When the attention slows down, then it post to other areas but allow enough time to pass that I can try and determine the source of the sale. A strategy, isn’t it nice to have a plan.

Up went the pattern at around 10am – admittedly a little later than I originally intended but I still felt like a good time. Almost imminently little hearts started to accumulate and it was added to a few queues. Obsessively I’d bounce back and forth between the pattern page and my designer’s page watching to see the numbers change. As captivating as this was, missing was the little double chime of two emails coming in – notifications of paypal payments and download receipts. Silence. For hours, more hearts, the occasional queue. No sales.

Looking for some friendly encouragement I posted an image to Instagram. My fellow instagram knitters are good source for a boost.

By 6 pm my heart was sinking and I was beginning to second guess all the time and energy I’ve invested in these patterns – in myself. I was in need of a distraction, something that would remove me from close proximity of the laptop. So out for dinner we went and I agreed to go on Craigslist excursion to Richmond (totally different story but I now have a bike). The entire time we were out I left my iPhone in my pocket, that my data is running low added motivation to remain offline, but the second we walked through the apartment door out came my phone, safely back on wi-fi.

Bing, bing, bing, bing.

Two sales, four minutes apart. One originating from Ravelry, the second an Instagramer who had just begun following me earlier in the week. Just like that, mood lifted. Life is good. I only took two sales to validate endless hours.

A few more sales today has me on the “hot right now” list. Not in the top 20 mind you but in the top 100. My design was sitting directly above a Steven West shawl and not far below the Holden shawlette which I thought pretty awesome. It has dropped back a few pages now but is still in good company.

So, I’m resuming my resolve to refrain from posting to the forms yet. Things might not happen quickly but there is movement. Keep designing, publish often and when I do, get out of the apprentment and enjoy the day.

Putting it out there – from knitter to designer

Well, I did it. I’ve published my very first knitting pattern. Yesterday was dedicated to jitters and trying to distract myself from today’s launch. So much time and energy went into preparation for today – and not just my time, I’ve called upon friends for help with logo design, photography, editing and bored more than one non-knitter to death with my rambling. The fear that it would turn out all for nothing was overwhelming but I kept reassuring myself that it was a design that I’m proud of and that’s all that matters for the first pattern. That this is a learning process, that I’ll have a better idea of how to approach things in the future. Continue reading