It's Monday and the start of a fresh new week, and my goal for this week is to make effort to catch up with work.
I don't know about you, but sometimes things have a domino effect where you get behind with one thing and then suddenly everything is piling up and you don't know how it happened.
Today I spent the morning recording an audio module for my membership group called Yarn Industry Insiders. I have created a subscription programme for aspiring designers and tech editors as I really want to share my experience and knowledge of the yarn industry and how it works, so that other designers and tech editors will have a head start because they understand how the industry works.
It's exciting and nerve wracking at the same time, as I haven't created a course like this before. But fingers crossed it will be a huge success as I have so much knowledge to share. I'm so keen to share it all before I retire, and despite people telling me it's too early for me to retire, the thought is there every day in the back of my mind, and so I think it's where I seem to be heading (and it's an exciting prospect too). I have just over two years before I'm 60 so I think that seems that a good age to aim for.
So the current module I'm writing about is all about how to write a great knit or crochet pattern, so that as a designer, your readers can re-create your design so that it looks exactly the same as your original sample.
It's a huge module, with lots of informative details, but if you're a knitter or crocheter, you will know how much those little details really help. If, for example, you wanted to substitute the recommended yarn and use something different, you would need to know all of the information about the yarn from the ball band, including metres/weight/yardage/fibre content/basic tension, so that you could calculate how much yarn the project uses up and therefore how much yarn you need to substitute. So all of this needs to be included in the pattern in a simple way, so that it doesn't all become overly complicated too. If this information is missing, then there's no real way to work things out, other than to guess, which isn't good.
It's been a learning curve for me with the technology of recording and I'm still not able to take off the background noise completely, which is a little annoying, so I have a lot more to learn, but I'm sure I'll get there in the end.
Our knitting and crochet is perfect for learning more too, with all the different stitches and techniques that seem to be in abundance and every-growing.
Life is a constant learning curve isn't it. I absolutely love learning new things - it seems to keep me happy and helps keep my brain alert - although sometimes I feel my brain is asking for a little break.
How about you - do you like to learn new things?
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