NaKniSweMo and so much going on!

How goes it, NaKniSweMo knitters? Reading the discussions over on Ravelry, it looks like a LOT of people are making great progress. Yay! I almost feel caught up from my MONTH OF MADNESS, aka October. Almost. You can see a lot of pictures from my month on the road over at Instagram — when I have some extra time, I’ll pull out and post a few.

“Caught up,” and yet now the holidays are upon us — I’ve finally gotten my fondest wish, which is having all the parents to our house instead of running around to multiple houses. This also means no fake butter in the potatoes (sorry, mother in law dearest, eating an insane quantity of mashed potatoes with stuffing on top of them is the highlight of my day, and fake butter will not cut it), an unlimited supply of Cranberry Sauce As It Should Be Made and an heirloom turkey from our CSA instead of some grocery store icebomb. Gosh. I’m getting hungry already just thinking about it.

Ok! Knitterly stuff to share. I promised Jill Draper this picture, and here it finally is. I got a sweater-sized skein of her spectacular Empire yarn at Vogue Knitting Live in January, knit the fastest sweater ever and then promptly forgot to take a photo for many months.

I’m pulling it down in the picture because I haven’t put buttons on it yet and long story short, it flies open when I’m wearing it now if I don’t clip it closed (see: hair clip at the top). Design flaw on my part, but the yarn is dreeeeeamy to knit with and knits up super-fast. I love it. LOVE. This color she’s got now is super more gorgeous in person, I was petting it at VKL Chicago…and I kinda want to combine it with this one, since I’m on an Ann Weaver grellowy kick right now.

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL i mean angel i love you ann SHE HAS A NEW BOOK! And The Line, from said book, is enough to convert you to all things grellow if you are not already a fan.

Other cool stuff… I wanted to point out some online classes at Craftsy by my friends that I think are great:

and for not only the knitters, but also the crafters/people who sell on Etsy/etc, our beloved Caro Sheridan’s Online Product Photography class.

Hmm, what else? I’ll be at Indie Knit and Spin in Pittsburgh this weekend selling stuff, so if you’re nearby, c’mon down!

Designer 101 class signups are open!

My popular Designer 101 bootcamp class is accepting signups for its next session! The class, which is run through my virtual online teaching space, has helped dozens of knitwear designers of all experience levels develop their business skills and design aesthetics, as well as learn about practical considerations (from contracts to photography, and everything in between) in a private, supportive environment alongside other designers with the same questions.

What it’s not:

  • basic knitting skills (we assume you are already, or are planning to sell your designs, whether on Ravelry, in print or to magazines/etc)
  • technical editing or grading (we have other classes for that, and if you’ve been waiting, we are trying to schedule one soon)
  • a class to “coast” in — you get more out of it when you participate!

What it is:

  • An opportunity to have one-on-one interaction with me both in and after class — I am happy to help you out with lingering questions or new problems even after class ends. (One former student landed a major magazine commission recently, and I was pleased to provide feedback on her contract questions, which directly tied into the contracts module from class!)
  • A chance to ask questions in a supportive, private environment — some things you just don’t want to ask on a public board, as one student said!
  • A place where you can rethink what you’re doing, get new ideas from fellow designers, and improve your patterns/work overall.

What previous students have said they like about the class:

“Having access to wide group of people and a professional that actually took time too look at what I did and give me feedback. I also loved have the opportunity to take a guided walk through of essentially starting up a pattern business and learning what I needed to do!”

“Creating a designer style sheet, and the whole idea of branding. Getting ideas from the other class participants. [Learning about] the marketing side of designing.”

“I really enjoyed working through the lessons and assignments with other classmates and making those bonds as well as learning from each other and obtaining feedback.”

When asked if they’d recommend the class to others, previous students say:

“Yes, this class is not about HOW to design, but how to be successful with your designs. It’s an excellent class that has you look at what you bring to the table, streamline your brand and make you successful doing what you love. It was a fun, exciting class with lots of tips.”

“Yes, absolutely. It’s a great thing to get solid, honest feedback from professionals and be able to talk openly in a closed forum.”

“Absolutely. This class was hands-down one of the best investments for my business, not only did it teach you all the things you didn’t know you didn’t know, it also gave you (me) the motivation to follow through with them and launch my designing career into high gear!”

The class is $65, and runs for as long as necessary to cover everyone’s questions and make sure everyone is clear on the subject matter, generally 4-6 weeks. Assignments are posted and you respond with your homework in-thread, so it’s not necessary to be online at the same time as everyone else, although we can schedule chat sessions as needed if desired.

If you sign up, I’ll invite you to the classroom manually (it’s not automatic), so patience please!

We’re also working on bringing back some old class favorites (fashion illustration, etc), so stay tuned for that.

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See you in class!