I have left the ranks of amateur and there's no turning back. Yup, I'm now officially a Knitter (emphasis on the capital K). I've gone Pro.
I'm test knitting a couple of patterns for Mona soooooo progress on the Squid Sux Cuttlfish Sox will be postponed for a while as my Professional Needles are occupied. She sent me an email out of the blue to ask for my help. She answered my secret desire to be a test knitter, but was too shy to actually ask (I'm weird like that).
So other people in need of test knitters, let it be known: I've gone Pro and am now a Knitting Mercenary (I'm at your disposal).
I appreciate the compliments and suggestions that I should make the Squid Sox into a pattern for Knitty (or something). I'm taking it under advisement for the moment. While it would (of course) be awesome to have a published pattern, I'm not sure about turning my hobby into something more than just a hobby.
Yes I'm now Professional Knitter, but it's like a big deal to write patterns. It's a lot more work than just coming up with something on my own. I have to explain all my crazy made upness in a way that other people understand. I'm not always so good at that. Then there's coming up with proper yarns to use. I don't think it would be swell to suggest that people buy a 7 skiens from 3 different companies to reproduce what I came up with.
I have written a couple of felted purse patterns once upon a time for Miss Virginia van Santen to sell with her fabulous hand painted Carstairs Lopi that she sold and it was a lot more work than coming up with the knitting of the thing. One ended up really not how I wanted and the other was kind of ok.
So I very much appreciate and respect Knitwear Designers and the amount of effort they put in to come up with something that we can follow, is interesting, works well with the yarns and looks fabulous. That's why I don't feel bad about spending money on a pattern and let myself buy more magazines than I probably should.
So not a definite 'No' to designing at the moment, but a hesitant 'Uh, maybe?' for the moment. And besides, I've got my Professional Knitting Career to consider here!
As a quickie update on the sox: Sylvain has tried on the socks thus far and they fit perfectly (and look awesome thus far I must add).