One of the most gratifying and reaffirming experiences a knitting designer can have is to have a design accepted for publication. It means that someone else has looked at my work and said, “Yes, this is good work. Other people will want to make this.” I had this feeling a couple of months ago, when I had a sock pattern accepted for publication in Knotions, for the Winter 2009 issue. Right about now was when I had expected to be able to tell you all about it, when the Winter 2009 would be previewed and then announced soon after. As it happens…this will not come to be.
As it happens, the Fall 2009 issue was the last for Knotions – Jodi made the announcement on Saturday, and it was very much the right decision for her. Magazines, even online magazines, cannot simply fall out of the sky and materialize out of thin air, and I know Jodi’s decision to discontinue Knotions must have been weighed very very deeply and carefully. There is an emotional and energetic cost to doing our knitting work, and this needs to be made sustainable just as much as the material costs do. I have nothing but empathy for her and I know she’ll be able to move forward with her knitting life in new and exciting ways.
As for me, I am left with the question of what to do with my little sock pattern. I know that if it had been published, I would have received compensation for it. On the other hand, if it had been published, it would also have been available to knitters for free. I could also hang onto it for a bit longer and try to submit it for consideration somewhere else.
I have had it in the works for several months and most of all I want it to be out in the world where other people can knit it. After a bit of my own debate, I have decided that I will move forward with the pattern as a sale item. If I believe my work has value, and if I believe my efforts over the weeks and months of developing the pattern were also valuable and worthwhile, then I have to believe it is worthwhile to ask for material value in return. (And heck, many of you may look at the pattern and say, “pfft, that’s ugly. I don’t want to make that.” And then you’ve just saved yourself a couple of bucks!)
It’s a hard choice to make and I hope that this one will also be good. The other designers who would have had patterns in the same issue will have to make the same choice for themselves, and they may well choose differently – and that is fine, too.
So, I present to you here a first glimpse at 14 Karat, my latest sock design. Full details and download information will follow soon and I’ll be very excited to finally tell you all about it. I think the socks are awful purty, and am just so glad to put them out into the world for all to see.