I’ve been avoiding writing this because, frankly, I’ve been in denial. It’s time I faced up to it and made this official. I am on a knitwear design hiatus.
The fact of the matter is for the last 10 months, I have been trading one set of stress related health issues for another. I’ve shared the issues pertaining to my back. Unfortunately, there have been some other things going on as well.
Over the course of the last eighteen months, I’ve simply taken on more than I can handle. My body has been punishing me for it. For the sake of my own health, I need to reign things in. Knitwear design isn’t the only thing that I’m placing on hold, but it is the thing that is pertinent here, and it’s the thing I’ve been struggling to find a way to keep going. Reality needs to factor in, and I need to take a break.
So what does this mean? For starters, I’m not quitting. I’m simply taking an extended leave. I don’t know how long this will last, but it will probably become obvious when I’m back on duty.
I have a couple of design commitments that I will honor (or at least try to – one of these is currently at extreme risk because the yarn support has not arrived).
I will continue to knit. In fact, my head is filled with ideas for new things. I simply won’t take on the effort to get the new things published for a while. If designing just meant creating something cool and pretty, it would be easy; however, designing, or rather publishing, means taking photographs, coordinating editing and testing, and working out the layout. I suspect that there are things missing from that list, but suffice it to say, those things all take time.
My blogging activity will continue to be sporadic. I’ll probably post when I’ve finished something new and shiny because like many people, I like to show off too.
The vlog will continue to remain on hold. Editing a 5 minute video takes anywhere from 4 to 6 hours, and I need that time for other things.
I won’t send out another newsletter until I’m back to publishing things. You are free to sign up, but don’t expect to receive anything in your inbox for a while.
At the end of this month, the quarterly KAL that I’ve been running on ravelry will be placed on hold. If someone would like to volunteer to moderate, this may change; however, I will not be taking on the coordination tasks.
I will continue to be active on twitter. Fair warning, most of my tweets of late have more to do with cats and knitting. The one caveat to this is that I may take a break from twitter if the world continues to spiral into chaos. Every horrific news story seems to spawn a bunch of tweets that aren’t good for my psyche.
I will continue to offer pattern support for any currently published pattern. I actually enjoy answering questions and helping people work things out. Besides, I generally don’t receive a bunch of support requests. Additionally, my current portfolio of patterns will continue to be available.
If I’ve missed anything, assume that it is on hold.
I must say that I greatly appreciate this virtual community. I’ve been avoiding acknowledging this reality because I really like you guys. As I said, I just need to slow down for a while and sort some things out.
All that said, please know that I am mostly fine. Once I’ve slowed down a bit and gotten things sorted, I will be completely find, maybe even better than fine.
I leave you with a picture of me and a cat. Enjoy.