Because I am part of the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program, I get an email when they send out a call for submissions. They’ve put out a few lately, including one for a Spring 2015 Accessories collection. (It’s really hard to live in the moment when you have to think about next year’s spring season.)
I haven’t had much success with these calls, but I don’t give up. (Never give up. Ever. Whether you’re submitting short stories or poetry or songs or paintings or knitwear designs, never give up. Time + Effort = Success—and your talents are getting stronger in the meantime.)
I had already casually swatched a stitch pattern I found in Lesley Stanfield’s The New Knitting Stitch Library, but it didn’t inspire me, so I dropped it. When the KP call came out, however, I thought it was worth a second look.
I tried staggering the pattern repeats, then changing the needle size a couple of times, then adjusting the number of stitches in between thrice, but something still wasn’t working. Then I added a little twist (literally—ktbl) and that sealed it.
I knit up a swatch in the round, photographed it on my hand, wrote up the proposal, named the design (which always takes longer than I anticipate), and emailed the proposal to Knit Picks on the day of the deadline.
All that took 10.75 hours over several days.
They’re supposed to notify by May 29th. Send up some good thoughts for me, will you?
This weekend, there was a tree climbing competition at a local park. Sounds like something different and fun, right? That’s what I thought.
I went on Friday, but there was hardly anyone there except for the competitors and what appeared to be a few of their family members. I thought it would be them competing against each other, racing to the top of a tree or seeing who could save the most kittens, but they were basically doing individual time trials using expensive rigging and safety harnesses. The whole thing was as quiet as a golf tournament. A pickpocket could have done quite well amongst all of us looking up into the trees. I watched for about five minutes, then went grocery shopping.
What did you do this weekend?