Hello there - I hope you're all keeping well and that 2017 has been good to you so far.
I've had a busy start to the year, which is fantastic - I'm always so grateful that I can do what I love for a living. It can be a little stressful at times because it's completely deadline focussed but I still enjoy my days and particularly so at the moment because I seem to have become somewhat of a technical editing guru for both knitting and crochet. I've been working towards becoming a well-established and thorough technical editor/copy editor/proof reader for a while, so being approached for my expertise makes me happy. I've already edited two amigurumi bookazines this year (both very cute), plus I've tech editing the Toft Quarterly magazine - if you haven't subscribed already then I can definitely recommend it as I have bought the first 2 issues and they're both jam packed with some fantastic patterns and interesting stories. I think they're about £8 each plus postage but you get around 10-11 patterns (both knitting and crochet), so it well worth it.
I've been continuing with my "Use it or lose it" campaign too. At the moment I'm focussing on magazine clearance. I literally have hundreds of magazines, so I really need a clear out to free up some space in The Woolnest. Quite a lot of my designs are published in various UK magazines, so I like to keep these as a reference, however I realise that 7 years of my design work is in most of my magazine stash so I've devised a way to carefully remove the pages that I want to keep, before discarding the rest of the magazine. Remember that you cannot re-sell magazines in part or whole, as this goes against copyright laws (each magazine states this in their opening pages), however, it may be worth checking at your local charity/thrift shop to see if they have any special dispensation.
Here's my method which I hope you find useful. It involves using a pair of sharp scissors or a craft knife, so take care with the blades. Start at the top of the flow diagram and work down and watch my video demonstration too.
Disclaimer: I do not accept any responsibility for accidents or injuries.
Here's a video demonstration of how to remove the pages carefully:
I hope you found this useful and I'd love to hear from you if you're tidying up your stash too - especially if you have any special methods that you'd like to share. You can join my "Use it or Lose" group and share your ideas here on Ravelry.
I hope you're enjoying my audio blog casts too - let me know what you think.