Jiggity Jig

Thanks everyone for the love about Knitscene 🙂 It was a lot of fun to write and hopefully it won’t be the last article I write.

I got home Wednesday from attending Cat Bordhi’s visionary retreat, which is a juried retreat for self-publishing authors where we can learn skills that we’ll need to write our books, discuss the logistical aspects of self-publishing, get feedback on our ideas, and generally feed our creative minds. It was a great week and I’m feeling motivated again on finishing Twist & Knit so I can move forward with other projects I’ve been thinking about. I got to meet a lot of people that I’ve admired. I got to pick their brains and get to know them a little, which was amazing.

The retreat was held on San Juan Island off the Washington coast. I’d never been to Washington State before, nor that far North, but it was beautiful and a great respite from the inversions and cold of Utah. Moss grows on the roofs of people’s houses! Everything was so green, but I’m not certain that it wasn’t moss and not grass! I came home to 40 degree weather, but went out the next morning to snow. Lots of heavy, wet snow. It’s good to be home, but I guess some part of me hoped that it would magically be spring when I got back. And also that my house would have magically been cleaned and all the laundry done and everything organized. What?! A girl can dream, right?

I also came home with some really great yarn, and I’m hoping to get back to designing new and interesting things ASAP, but one thing at a time. I’m working on a few collections of patterns in my brain, but it would be nice to get some stuff on paper and on the needles.

I made a decision about Twist & Knit too. The printed paper booklet is only going to have the charts, not the text translations of the charts. But the digital version, which will be included when you purchase the print version will have the text translations of the charts (Please note: Cleite won’t be included in the digital version because of some contractual stuff with Twist Collective. It will be in the printed booklet, but not in the digital version). Printing cost is a factor as well as a desire for a clean layout and I think it will make it a better pattern booklet all around. I am working on the idea of a “how to read charts” tutorial video and accompanying downloadable pdf that would help people transition from text to charts, but still want to have the text versions available if for no other reason than accessibility (text readers for vision impaired knitters can’t read charts, but can read text directions).

I need to get down to writing the text for techniques and measuring gauge and all that stuff.

Back to work!
M

Comments 6

  1. ysolda wrote:

    Welcome home! I think that including the written stitch pattern directions only in the pdf is a great compromise 🙂

    Posted 12 Feb 2010 at 8:33 AM
  2. Anne wrote:

    Charts are good! Can’t wait until everything comes out!

    Posted 12 Feb 2010 at 9:53 AM
  3. Natalie wrote:

    Charts are great – they seem more succinct. I’m just now finding out via test knitters how much more easily the errors have crept into my written version than the charts.

    Can’t wait for Vinca – it’s gorgeous.

    Posted 12 Feb 2010 at 12:47 PM
  4. Claudine wrote:

    I am really excited for your Twist and Knit release. Best wishes as you continue to make it everything you want it to be.

    Posted 12 Feb 2010 at 5:39 PM
  5. Anne wrote:

    Glad you are back, but the retreat sounded fantastic!

    Posted 13 Feb 2010 at 6:41 AM
  6. Kathy Sue wrote:

    Sounds like you are making good progress. It is good to learn new things . Looking forward to your booklet!

    Posted 13 Feb 2010 at 5:24 PM

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