I am sure it has been obvious that I have been bitten by the designing bug. Ever since I published my first pattern, the ideas have not stopped coming. It has been interesting for me to see my myself grow into this new creative endeavor. I will tell you that I had a lot of self doubt in the beginning. I am a former jewelry designer and I don't have any background in knitwear design. What I do bring with me is my attention to detail, creativity and my love of knitting.
It has been gratifying to see the positive responses of my designs. It gives me great joy to see projects knit from my patterns being added to the Ravelry pattern pages. A lot of people have messaged me or emailed me about my patterns and I am touched that people are taking the time out of their day to offer some positive encouragement. In early December, Ariane (the blog author) and along with a bunch of my blog readers, messaged me that my shawl, Kouyou, was featured on What's Hot on Ravelry? in the Neck and Shoulder Wear category. It was exciting to be amongst so many talented designers.
While I was away during the Christmas Holiday, Knitscene's Hot List of 10 Designers to Watch in 2011 came out. I am on that list. You all should have seen my face when I read it. I was flabbergasted. Since Interweave has let the cat out of the bag first, I can now announce that I will be having a pattern published in one of their upcoming issues in 2011. That ball of green yarn is what I am knitting the sample with. And that is all that I am going to say about it for now. I have lots and lots of work ahead of me, but I am going to enjoy every minute of it. See you all in 2011!