By starting a blog about knitting, and writing my first pattern, I’ve started to delve into a different side of my hobby. I don’t see this hobby turning into something that will pay my bills, but I do like the idea of turning it into something more public, somehow.
One of the things I’ve really liked about this new world I’ve found is that it is a whole new network to explore. I have made connections with a number of people on Ravelry, and have received masses of support for the techniques I’ve wanted to try, the patterns I’ve been nervous to attempt and sometimes just plain emotional support (especially the time that Sparky was, well, ill all over the house. What a morning…..). It’s made me realise that I like the idea of sharing my progress with others, and hopefully being able to help other knitters (and potential knitters) myself. When my mind runs wild, I can imagine myself running beginner knitting classes, building a portfolio of my own patterns, working with indie dyers to publicise their work, and generally joining in with a society where everyone helps each other to get better at a hobby they love.
So – this brings me to my five year plan. Or more realistically, a ten year plan. In five (or ten) years, I’d like to achieve some concrete goals which will expand my horizons a little. I want to set myself a target for publishing X patterns (X is a number I still I haven’t decided on). I want to have linked my patterns to yarns which are dyed by small indie dyers in Y% of my patterns (Y is also unknown, but I want it to be high). I want my patterns to be wide-ranging in type, complexity, price and style. And I’d like to take an active role in teaching others to knit, especially the younger generation.
What I need to do now then, is document all of this. Yes, I know, I am doing so by writing it here! I’m talking about the details of the plan, deadlines for my achievements, plans for how to achieve it, ideas for patterns and all that jazz. I’m hoping that as I develop this plan, you’ll come along for the ride, and maybe even offer advice on what I’m doing. Honesty is important to me – if I’m doing something bad, tell me and give me pointers on why. I promise I’ll be open to the experience – who knows, it may just be the push I need to succeed.