Skill + 1UP

Welcome to Day 2 of the 2nd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week.

Today is all about skill. The website tells me to "look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year."

I can say that a year ago, I didn't think I would be in the place I am with designing. Last January I took a Design Your Own Shawl class online with Stefanie Japel, and that really got the ball rolling for me. It was in that class that I designed the Moor Shawl.

From that class I caught the designing bug, and managed to score myself some charting software. I figured out how to use it and started designing more. I was able to start working with yarn companies, including Kollage and had my Geneva Sock pattern published by them:

And most recently, I had my Snuggery Shawl published through the KnitPicks IDP, which I think is my favorite design to date (and only $2.99 - tempt, tempt):

I have learned so much over the last year about designing, the process, and how to get those patterns published. This is a skill that I look forward to developing more this year and can't wait to see where it takes me!

Stay tuned for tomorrow: Tidy Mind, Tidy Stitches.

Happy knitting!

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