What are your knitting dreams and goals for 2017? Today I’m sharing some of my craft goals for the new year with you. It’s not just knitting projects!
Another new year is upon us! By now we are all dealing with resolutions made in a foggy midnight haze and wondering how we will ever actually stick to them. Been there. Don’t need to do that to myself again. Instead, what I do now is set goals for myself in the new year. And I like to think about what projects I want to work on in the new year. For the blog this week, I’d like to share my Knitting Goals for 2017.
Today’s post is about a few of the knitting dreams I have for Pattymac Knits in 2017 as well as some of the knit related projects I’m working on personally. It’s going to be a bit of an unusual post as it will be a lot more story than pictures. I’m also sharing a few pictures I’ve taken for my Tech Editor, Joan Beebe of SS Knits.
I joined the Knitting Guild Association for the new year. Even though my creativity is a little out-of-the-box, my devotion to correct technique is as straight as Route 66 between Amarillo, TX and Flagstaff, AZ. That’s pretty darn straight, people! I believe good technique elevates even simple knitting, and so joining a professional organization like the Knitting Guild Association proclaims my devotion to professionalism in knitting.
Also, I wanted a challenge.
The Knitting Guild Association offers a Master Hand Knitting course in 3 levels. It’s pretty intensive and rigorous. Only a few have done the whole program. And while I may not do all 3 levels, I would definitely like to complete level one. It’s recommended that candidates complete the Basics course initially to get used to knitting and sending swatches for review, so that’s what I signed up for first. I’m assigned a teacher and I will be sending specific samples to her for critique. I will also have a written portion to complete, so there is some research.
I’m such a geek, this really excites me! I’ve worked in higher ed a lot of my adult life, so learning is really appealing to me. This is a pretty structured course, so I’m excited to see what I can do and what I will learn. I’ll share that journey and swatch photos along the way. You might want to be following me on Instagram so you don’t miss any of that. The content calendar for the blog is pretty full, so I likely won’t have a full story on it again until I’m done. I’m giving myself 3 months to complete the Basics course. And then I want to start the Master Knitter’s Level One course. It’s pretty intensive and they give you a year to do it. Amazing, eh?
Here’s the assignment list for Level 1:
LEVEL 1 DESCRIPTION
This is the first of three levels for the Master Hand Knitting program. The requirements for Level 1 are divided into 6 categories:
- Report on Blocking of Hand Knits
- 19 Swatches
- 4 Gauge Worksheets
- 22 Questions
- 1 Project – Mitten
Written instructions provide details for all the requirements of this level. After purchase, the materials will be emailed to you. You must complete all requirements and send them for Committee review. The Committee reviews your submission, makes constructive suggestions for improvement. All materials are returned to you with a letter from the final reviewer who is a Committee Co-Chair. You may resubmit items that do not pass. There is no limit on the number of times you can resubmit. You must pass Level 1 before purchasing Level 2 materials.
It’s a LOT of stuff, but I’m excited to get there!
The second big commitment I’m making to my craft and my profession is applying to join TNNA.
This is no easy task. You need two letters of reference from retail members to get in. Not as easy as you might think. I hope they will accept me as my letters came from Laura Nelkin, well known knitwear personality, and Deborah Gerish, the editor of Love of Knitting Magazine. I hope that is persuasive enough for them to allow me in.
All the really big names in fiber craft are in this organization and they will travel from around the world for the June Conference. which I’m absolutely going to this year. We have access to incredible classes and it’s a fantastic way to meet the people we talk with online in real life. I’m pretty darn excited about it.
It’s my way of committing to excellence in my industry. This means you, my lovely readers, can expect to receive high quality information and that my patterns will always meet high quality standards. Anybody can self publish. I go to the extra steps of tech editing and test knitting and also wear the pieces for a season to see how they hold up before anything is published. Even the free stuff.
Which leads me to this big announcement….
I’m going to publish more free patterns this year. Essentially, I’m going to share my interpretation of making simple patterns. Because we all have different presentations and different ways of sharing the steps. Let’s be real. There are a million garter stitch scarf patterns out there for free. However, I have my own personal opinions on how someone should approach making that first one. I have my reasons, and later this month, I’m going to share that with you. Even if you’ve been knitting for a while, I hope you’ll enjoy it and look at that basic project with new eyes. There will be plenty of gorgeous pictures of my beautiful model friends!
The second big thing is this….
I’m going to get a lot more involved in video content. I have been working hard behind the scenes to set myself up for creating my own tutorial videos. When you purchase a pattern from me, I always link to tutorials on youtube. Well, I want the tutorial that the pattern links to to be my own video and not someone else. Doesn’t that make the most sense? So I’m going to be working on that kind of content on my Youtube channel this year. You should subscribe there so you don’t miss anything! When I say it’s a true WIP, I mean it!
I also want to start a little video podcast. I know I post a lot of stuff here in the blog, but this is such a small part of what’s really going on. So I want to do a short podcast every two weeks. I’m inspired by my favorite podcaster Inside #23, Katie, to do my own videos. I wanted to start this last summer, but when Willie got sick and I lost him it, started a cascade of difficulties that went on for months. So I just couldn’t take on the added pressure of video during all of that. You have no idea how much cleaning up and reorganizing I’ve had to do to get this part ready. Oy. I hope you will enjoy this and that it allows us to connect a little better.
I also want to keep up with the recipe content.
I adore dreaming up the recipes and taking the pictures. It seems to be pretty popular with you as well, so I’m going to continue with at least one recipe a month. Probably more, because hey, a girl’s gotta eat!
I had a pattern accepted by Knit Picks for a printed book that comes out in May, so I’m working on getting my Knit Picks store going.
Lastly, I still have a shelf absolutely FULL of FO’s that I think will make for wonderful paid patterns. So, I’ll be writing those up as well. I expect that the bulk of paid patterns I publish for the next year or two are going to be knit from Knit Picks yarn. I do love their products and when shopping on their site you can order the supplies with the pattern, so it’s like having a kit. Which is so nice. Here’s the Hat Pattern I had published this year in the Knit Picks 9 Lives Collection.
So….that’s my list of goals!!
HAHAHA!! I’m not really sure how the heck I’m going to do all of that, but that’s what I want to accomplish. As well as have more time off, spend more time exercising, get plenty of sleep, and spend time with friends doing stuff away from the computer. We’ll see how I do.
What are your knitting goals and dreams for 2017?
I would love to hear!! If you have specific ideas for videos, then let me know that as well. I write this blog to assist YOU in your knitting life, so if you have questions or things you’re curious about, that’s why I’m here. I guess I should add a Ravelry group to the list as well. I’m Ravelry challenged, so if someone would like to help me with that, I would be eternally grateful.
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