Here is a little about me and my history with knitting.
My mom taught me to knit at about 8ish years old. I started knitting seriously, or perhaps obsessively in 2006. I went from knitting ponchos, hats and scarves, to felted bags, to baby blankets and on to sweaters. You name it, I knitted it! I figured out what I really liked, felting, cables, and simple but pretty lace. I also figured out that I am not a big fan of knitting fair isle and intarsia, and though I admire many of the designs, I don't enjoy the knitting and I probably would not wear the finished items anyway.
I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, so after I closed my travel agency in the wake of 911 and major changes to the travel industry, I was on the lookout to do something else businessy. I loved to knit, and I really wanted to be my own boss, so I set out on a journey to combine knitting and business. I first tried selling knitted items at Craft Fairs. That is a lot of physical work, and just a guessing game about what people would be willing to purchase. It was fun, but not really a sustainable business.
I began to realize that I often tweaked most of the patterns that I knit, and that got me thinking. Maybe I could design my own patterns. Shortly after that, I had to pull the Algebra and Geometry out of the recesses of my mind. Thankfully, I had Jr High age kids at that time, and a sister who is a math teacher. I just dove in and figured I could teach myself how to do it. Long story short, my first couple years produced some patterns that I am a little embarrassed about now. The finished items were fine... but the writing could have been better.
I moved out of the beginner stage to the Hobby Job stage. I was better at the writing, designing, and size grading. I started to develop a small group of fans. I even occasionally saw someone wearing one of my designs! That can really put a smile on your face. I was still working full time, and supporting my hobby with my pattern sales. I self published and did free lance work for a few magazines and yarn companies.
My current goal is to write clear and easy to follow patterns for sweaters that I would love to have in my wardrobe, and these are sweaters and shawls that I am sure you will love wear too. Small portions of the designs may challenge you to learn a new knitting skill and keep your brain engaged, but these sweaters are not difficult to knit. The patterns are very accessible for intermediate knitters and confident beginners.
I continue at my day job, but I have dedicated myself to building my design and pattern writing business that is more than just a hobby. My mantra is "Do what you love and love what you do. Work hard to provide quality designs and patterns and the discerning knitters will want these patterns."
I hope that you will follow along on this journey with me! Grab some yarn and pick a pattern. Let me know if you need a pointer or two. I am happy to help you make something that you will treasure always.