I just released my 38th and 39th self-published patterns, the Loden Slouchy and Missowski Cowl, which made me realize that the 40th self-published pattern, is, well, the next one. Which feels like an accomplishment. And, as is the case with us folks over 30, accomplishments always make me think about my age – when I started, what I’ve done, etc. I am especially proud because it took me from December 2010 through June 2013 to self-publish my first 20 designs – two and a half years – but only from then until now – a little over a year – to publish the next 19. That is progress!
Anyway, with progress should come new challenges, right? I am turning 43 in early January, so I thought, hey, why not make it a goal to self-publish 43 designs by then? This will mot exactly be a huge challenge. I have one design finished and ready to go, a sample half-knit for another, and the pattern written for a third. That really only leaves one design out there completely unknown, and for that one I have ideas, it is just a matter of choosing. But it is a goal, and this will be the only year I can do this. After this point, the designs will easily out-number the years. Nice, no? It usually seems like the years out-number everything. As a nice bonus, I currently have 7 designs published with Twist Collective, so when I hit 43 patterns, I will have a total of 50 currently income-producing designs, and that is a lovely number indeed.
Most importantly, I am very happy with the designs I have produced so far. It is wonderful to be productive, but even more wonderful to be in love with the things you produce. I feel really fortunate to do something I love and be able to earn a supplemental income from it, and I feel even more lucky to have such a wonderful group of knitters to share it with. It’s been a good 39, and I am sure it will be an equally good 43 – in both senses.