On taking a little break

SO.  I have been pretty quiet on the knitting front for the past year or so.  I removed my patterns from both my Craftsy pattern store and Ravelry.  I haven't promoted anything new for a while.

Why did I take a break?

I've been designing handknitting patterns since about 2003, and really needed to step back and take a look at what I'd built.  I looked at my collection of indie patterns, and in my Ravelry store alone had at least three different pattern layouts going on all at the same time, many of the designs were ones that I don't think fits my current design aesthetic, and many were in yarns that weren't available any more.

I was also crushed to learn that all of my blog archives have been lost.  I'd been blogging since 1999, and through a series of unfortunate events...I don't have those archives.  This was a devastating blow to me, and really gave me pause.  I had been writing and photographing my way through grad school in Baltimore, through a move to Europe, then back to the States to beautiful New Mexico and the births and childhoods of two beautiful daughters.  

Losing those archives was like losing a part of me.  And I had to think about how much time I put into that writing and photography, and how much it meant to me.  

Fortunately, I think I've found a couple friends who can help me recover them.  And when I do, I'll add them to this version of my blog...so that people can read them and find all of the tips and tricks and silly stuff I've written over the course of the last 16 years!

What am I up to now, knitting-wise?

In the last few weeks, I've decided to revamp some (but not all) of my older patterns, and to re-release them with a new graphic look and with new edits.  The ones that aren't coming out with new looks are going to be retired.  There are some designs that are classic and will always be good, sturdy patterns...and some that were good when they were good, and just need to be let go of.

I'm working with a wonderful tech editor and friend, Andi Smith, on this pretty huge revamp & update project, and over the next little while will gradually be releasing some of my old and recent faves with new template and fresh tech edits.  

I'm also in the middle of one of those creative bursts that sweeps me off my feet.  I'm fully obsessed with knitting again, and have lots of new things in the works.

Thanks so much for your friendship and encouragement over all of these years.  I have LOVED being part of the knitting community, and am excited to see what the future brings!