Happy belated New Year! Even 13 days into the New Year, I still find myself writing this refrain to many people. Nonetheless, here's to a good start to 2016!
I promised in 2015 to start a blog, and alas, it has only just begun today... so that makes me late, technically. Oh well! Here's to new beginnings.
So, let's recap. What happened with Emily Connell Designs: Mina Knits in 2015?
1. Publication of my first pattern!
In February 2015, I published my first pattern (first one!!) on Ravelry. If you haven't already seen it, check it out here.
2. The launch of this website! Started in September 2015, this website is still pretty new. Apologies in advance for the site under construction!
3. More patterns! I published, again on Ravelry, three more patterns from February to December in 2015. The Rainy Day Scarf, Where Earth Meets Sky, and Assateague were the three new designs to grace the pages of the interwebs. Check out the photos below! Each photo will take you to the pattern page on Ravelry, too.
4. On that note, new lessons about designing were learned! (Yes, the passive voice was intentional here, sorry grammar nerds.) With the testing and consequent publication of Assateague, I learned a great deal about how I design, how NOT to design, and pattern drafting in general. From the do's and don't's of pattern drafting (check every single calculation 18 times before your testers begin knitting is definitely at the top of the list), I was humbled by the grace of my wonderful testers and their amazing feedback. Shout out to all of you who tested for me!!
With all of that out of the way, what's in store for 2016?
1. New designs! My goal for 2016 is to have 21 patterns published by the end of the year. So far, with four already published and 7 more in the works, it seems like a doable goal... Maybe we should check on that in November.
2. The Tuesday sweater has just begun its testing on Ravelry and so far so good! I put to use all the invaluable lessons learned from Assateague's testing for this one, and I anticipate that my lovely testers will have no problems with this beauty :).
3. Semi-regular blog posts about knitting and the knitter's life! With a new planner on the way, I will be scheduling, and HOPEFULLY writing and publishing blog posts semi-regularly throughout 2016.
So many designs to finish...I should get to work!
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