The Cooperative Press spring survey is live and you have until the end of the week to take it. One randomly-drawn respondent will win $100! (Though of course we know you’re taking it out of love, right?)
CP takes up a lot of my time these days, so it’s very important to me — thank you in advance for taking the survey!
As for other knit-related adventures: I’m working on my design-other work life balance right now, and it’s a real challenge. First up, I feel it’s important to complete the overhaul of my existing patterns and branding before I start adding more new work to the mix, but that’s just part of the total equation.
Hiring a part-time assistant (the exceedingly talented Elizabeth Green Musselman of Dark Matter Knits) has helped a lot but it also means retraining myself. When you work by yourself for yourself for so long, the hardest thing is learning what and when to delegate. Honestly? That part is kicking my butt a little bit.
What’s even worse? Retraining myself to design in a different way. I do my best work on the needles. That’s not sustainable, now more than ever. If I want to produce the amount of my own work that I need and want to do, I’m going to have to hire outside knitting help. And funnily enough, you can’t just hand them yarn, needles and the inside of your own head!
(wouldn’t that be cool, though? get on that, science!)
So even though I mostly made it through the winter without a severe design funk (last year’s was really awful), I am realizing how much needs to change about the way I work, and it’s scary.
Change is scary, but change is also good.
What have you done recently that gave you pause or even scared you a little?