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I wrapped up a prototype knit for a new design last night. Doubly happy as I’d picked up the custom colours that I ordered from Yvonne at Yvieknits Yarns for the cover of the pattern when it’s published.

The working title is ‘The BW Wrap‘ and once it’s back from tech editing, etc. I’ll share more details. For now here’s a peek at the FO and the luscious Merino Silk Fingering that it will be test knit in. I chose ‘Faery Looking Glass’ for the very subtle variegated and a custom tone of Yvonne’s popular ‘Pewter’. I’m trying to convince her to make it a regular colour and call it ‘Reflection’ or similar 🙂

The BW with a side of Yarn Porn:

Feedback, Reviews, Common Courtesy

… and all that stuff!

So I just posted this in the PSPRP Ravelry group:

I’ve just read the first negative review of one of my patterns.

Ugghh… My first response was shock – I have thirty designs out now, many completed projects and this was the first time I’ve heard such negativity. My second response was hurt. Who wouldn’t?

When you put yourself out in the public forum, you have to understand that not everyone will like what you do. The crafting world is no exception. As a crafter, I understand that good instructions are important. I’ve come across a few patterns that definitely could have used improvement!

I truly believe in constructive criticism and in the concept of you can only improve if you’re made aware of pitfalls. For this reason, I include my personal email on every pattern that I print. I include an invitation for feedback on my Designer page, here in our Ravelry group, on my blog and my Facebook page.

My intention by making myself available, is to be as helpful and responsive as I can be and to make changes that are well-thought out and positive, when brought to my attention.

It didn’t happen that way in this instance and it does make me a little sad that someone would choose public negativity (bordering on insult) rather than bring their suggestions or concerns to me through the many avenues that they could have.

How do you handle these situations? It could be from any interchange, not knitting specific. I’m choosing to ignore it but it’s hard to know what the best approach is.

Any thoughts?

I’m asking the same question here, as I know some of you are also designers. It’s fair to say that I’m concerned about the effect the comment that this knitter made will have a negative effect on sales and it’s a hard enough to get those as it is!I haven’t responded to this person and don’t know if I will. It’s hard to know what the courteous response should be when you’ve been treated discourteously!

So, any thoughts you may have are very appreciated – jump on in!

 

I Got Nuthin’

Well, perhaps a little some some… it IS WIP Wednesday so here’s a peek at a prototype. A very naughty prototype – math, yarn types, math, three false starts and math, made me think this one didn’t want to be made but it’s creeping along now:

©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs

©Karin Bole Tupper & KeiB Designs

A little blue with the unmistakeable change in the air that signals the end of summer and the quick and inevitable transition to winter. Our autumn here doesn’t last very long or I might enjoy it more.

Sharing a collage piece,”Kei’s Five Beautiful Things” that I post regularly on my poetry blog, The Eclectic Poet from what was the last true week of summery goodness. Sometimes, I need to remind myself that there are always reasons to smile.

(In it’s entirety from the original post):

In this instant I am perfectly, completely happy.
#keisfivebeautifulthings

These are the things that stopped me – if only for a moment – to really appreciate that moment, in joy, humour, wonder… Five beautiful things.

~ kei
2 September 2015

 

Trucking Along

I’m in the middle of several projects as always. I don’t get people who don’t have WIP’s – you know, like six or thirteen of them :p

I’m working at my second Filigree scarf in that glorious, reclaimed Camelspin. No deadline for this, so I just pick it up when I need a break. I’ve also begun the borders for my Log Cabin In The Silk Garden. The Lett Lopi I had ordered never came from the first company and I wound up ordering it direct from Iceland. Would you believe it was half the price?! It showed up a few weeks ago and I’m making time for it in between other things.

I did complete another Yorick Cowl. This one made entirely to my draft pattern and I’m super happy with it. I’ve tweaked the join at the centre back neck and am debating releasing this a little closer to All Hallows. In the meantime, that project and another Yorick are destined for my Etsy shop as “ready to ship” items. Slow but sure, I’m restocking the shop, it’s a challenge to keep up with the blogging, FB’ing, etc. and still find time to knit!

The design bug is always biting hard and on that front, the next in my men’s scarves is pencilled down. At the moment, I’m seeing it as a fully crocheted project and I’ve found some scrummy SweetGeorgia silk merino aran to play with the concept. I’ve also started the prototype for another ©Kindred Knits & Cohabiting Crochet design. This is a scarf with a nod to Japanese motifs and aesthetics, also with my favourite (dare I say signature?) design feature for combining widely differing yarns into one piece. I’m liking how it’s working up so far and always love to see a little more stash being busted.

I better get at it, the day is calling and one more quick coffee to power up.

Cheers All! 🙂

My Brain Is Exploding…

So many ideas, so many WIP’s… notes, graph paper, yarn, MATH.

If I'd known that knitting was math...  Uugghh

If I’d known that knitting was math… Uugghh

My ADD goes through stages that are like manic and depressive. For me though, its stages of: pretty okay and don’t run out of sticky notes or… who let loose the my inner 4-year old and why did you give her apple juice? It looks like a bomb went off in a yarn store here…

So what I do have done is the concept for a new pattern collection and I’ve started the prototype knit. This will be a series of Men-friendly / unisex / non gender stereotyped accessories. The names are from my Great Granddads and I’m taking creative license from their lives and hobbies. James Harris is the first, worked in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity DK (from stash). I’m also working the Savannah cardigan from Dolce Handknits in some luscious ECO alpaca (more stashbusting), it’s gorgeous to work with and the pattern is very simple – great to work out brain kinks.

Hope your weekend will be wonderful and I’m off to… make more messes! 🙂

Stashbusting And Prototypes

Shopped the stash to expand on my green blob / blue blob idea and came up with Sundara Aran Silky Merino and YvieKnits Yarns sock. They’ve been playing happily together and I have a lovely slinky cozy to show for my efforts 🙂

Slinky Cozy!

Slinky Cozy!

This prototype I’ll test knit in some Mrs. Crosby yarn that I broke down and purchased – had to see what the fuss was about – and hopefully, will debut as a pattern.