“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” –Abraham Lincoln
And that’s all I have to say about last night’s “Great Debacle bate”…most of which I refused to watch.
So, Knitscene put out a call for pattern submissions for their Fall 2009 issue and I thought: Cool! I’ve got several knocking around in the old brain pan, I’m sure one of them would work I think I’ll answer that call! And then I got the submission guidelines:
We’re looking for imaginative patterns for garments, accessories, small gifts, and fast-knitting items for the home. Simplicity is key—the Knitscene reader is looking for easy patterns that result in fabulous knits. Our focus is on stylish silhouettes, intriguing shapes and textures, and simple instructions that are fast and fun to follow.
- flat pieces with easy seaming
- simple stitch patterns: patterns with short repeats
- bigger gauges
- avoid advanced implementations of cables, lace, colorwork, short-rows…
So basically they want dumbed-down patterns? What’s up with that? Most of the knitters I know like knit patterns that are interesting and challenging, and only occasionally go for the simple, quick knits. And even fewer still knit in bigger gauges. Personally, I like knitting magazines that contain patterns in a variety of skill levels, techniques, yarns used and color combinations. I enjoy having some designs that feature new (to me) techniques that would both appeal and challenge the knitting adventurer in me. While other designs are simple, yet elegant or fun. This simple, easy, chunky, fast knitting will only appeal to a small demographic of knitters, and then only for so long, but I guess long enough, because it’s been in publication for a while now.
So, yeah. None of my current design ideas fit into the format of KnitScene. So, I’ll have to completely rethink my approach to design if I’m going to submit one to the magazine. Which, in all honesty, isn’t a bad thing. I think it’s good to take a step out of your comfort zone once in a while. I’m just a little torqued that the publishers think that beginning knitting means dumb, boring knitting.
Now that I’m done ranting, wanna see what I’ve been up to?
That’s my sweatshop, and ducking out from behind the mega-swift is my long-suffering over-worked, underpaid assistant/close friend, Michelle, aka FickleKnitter, who’s turned out to be a rather clever and ingenious knit designer. Check her out! Rav it.
You see all that golden yarn there on the table? That’s 2 of these…
If all goes according to plan, I’ll be updating my etsy store either Wednesday or Thursday of next week. In addition to the debut colorways, some of which will be going away after this update, I’ll be introducing new colorways: the signature colorway I introduced last week, plus…
So, stay tuned, and if you haven’t already signed up for my mailing list, leave your request in the comments section and I’ll be more than happy to do so!
Today’s post was brought to you by the number 2 and the colors yellow and brown.