Sometimes life is a roller coaster, full of ups and downs, joys, sorrows, and surprises … yet through it all, for some of us, knitting & crocheting are always there to turn to when we need to unwind, relax, think, ponder, plan or just enjoy a bit of quiet time alone.
Because my quiet time alone is limited, by necessity I focus on designing only accessories and small projects, which can be produced quickly yet are fun-to-work, useful and wearable. For many years I knit or crocheted sweaters for family, friends and customers, but now sweater projects have been replaced with quantities of smaller projects (hats, scarves, mitts, shawls, dishcloths). My designer page may be lacking in sweater patterns written in 6 sizes, but there are over 200 other projects to choose from if you enjoy the satisfaction of finishing a do-able small project quickly.
A few years ago when I was assisting at our LYS (sadly, no longer in business) I was given new yarns to sample and asked to create accompanying patterns for the shop to display with the featured yarn. After awhile my confidence increased enough to submit a few ideas to magazine publishers. When my very first submission ended up on the cover of Knit Simple, Fall 2007 (now sold out) I was shocked. The #13 Tasseled Earflap Hat (available as a download purchase on the VK site) was a hit and continues to be very popular today.
Photo by Paul Amato, copyright Soho Publishing
Following that first successfully published design, a number of other DBKN accessory patterns appeared in Knit Simple as well as Knit.1 magazine. Two popular DBKN patterns previously published in Knit.1 are now available as free downloads:
#34 Wristlets from Knit.1 Magazine Winter 2007
#27 Kerchief from Knit.1 Magazine Spring/Summer 2008
All photos copyright Soho Publishing
If your time is limited, you might enjoy one of these easy projects that can help calm you on the roller coaster of life.
If you have suggestions for small projects you’d like to see in the future, please let me know. I’m happy to attempt new ideas or work with any yarn during the pleasant hours spent as a weekend designer (just don’t ask me to design a sweater in 6 sizes!)