Here is a blog post I've been waiting to write for a long time...
Once upon a time I had an idea. It was an idea for a sock pattern, inspired by the poem The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost. A sock with paths that split apart and came together again. But it took me a long time to make it. Finally, about a year ago, I did.
A little less than a year ago I submitted the pattern to knitty
, and then I waited. It was really hard. I guess I'm impatient, but when I have an exciting new pattern, I really want to share it and see others knit it. But 2 1/2 months later I got a very nice rejection. (I understand, knitty gets a lot of pattern submissions and of course they can't take everything!)
And then my pattern just sat. After all that waiting I had other exciting things going on, and I still wanted to do something special with my little pattern.
Then I recently heard about the Knit Picks Independent Designer Partnership Program
and thought it sounded like an interesting idea. The real reason I design, other than to get those pesky patterns out of my head, is to see other people knit things I made up.
I think Knit Picks will probably bring this pattern to a wider audience than just my fabulous blog readers and the people who happen to stumble upon it on ravelry
. Hopefully some of these people who like Diverged will also want to knit other things I've designed. It's definitely worth trying, so I decided to go for it. The pattern should be up in the IDP section
in a couple of days - just a little over a month after my first email to them. That even includes reknitting the sample and coordinating with Louise for photos.
The whole process was not only quick (an advantage to putting patterns up all the time instead of in issues) but very pleasant. I even got to try a brand new yarn, Stroll Tonal, that was released a few days after I started my sample.
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Springtime
Yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight in 24 Karat
You can buy the pattern for $1.99 through Knit Picks or on ravelry.
All photographs in this post were taken by the lovely Louise
Labels: designing, socks