Design life

Out of office is on, time to relax

It hit me the other day when I was writing about " A day in the life of a knitting and crochet designer" that I have been pulling some pretty long shifts lately and pushing my creativity pretty hard without decent breaks or set time off to relax. BUT that won't be the case for much longer because tomorrow my partner and I are going on a beach holiday for one week and guess what... our hotel has no wifi in the rooms and a very small data limit per guest! I am so excited! (more…)

By Ruth Haydock, ago
Design life

Where I get my inspiration for my knitting and crochet designs

In my special series to celebrate my new website this week, I have shared with you the knitting and crochet designs that made me the designer I am today, what a day in the life of a knitting and crochet designer looks like and  things I have noticed since working for myself. In this post I am going to share with you where my inspiration comes from for my knitted and crocheted designs.

Where I get my inspiration

I get my inspiration for designs almost anywhere and for that reason I always carry a notebook that I can quickly sketch out some ideas before the idea floats away! However, I can summarise where I generally get my design inspiration from. (more…)

By Ruth Haydock, ago
Design life

The knitting and crochet designs that made me the designer I am today

Today (17 January) marks 5 months on since I went full-time as a designer! This week I am also celebrating my fabulous new website with special blog posts about my life as a Knitting and Crochet Designer. In this post I will share with  you the designs that have made me the designer I am today. Some designed by other people and some designed by me.

In the beginning...there was a golden slipper (made by me)

Every designer has their own origin story. It normally starts from the moment they learnt to knit or crochet. They quickly make their first projects and move onto more complicated techniques, more often than not they teach themselves these techniques from books or YouTube, working patiently on their new skill. Then it happens. They move from being a Knitter/Crocheter to a Designer when they realise that the pattern they really want does not exist out there and instead of giving up, they grab their hook or needles and they start to design it themselves. (more…)

By Ruth Haydock, ago
Freelance artist

New Year’s Resolutions: 2017 in Review and Goals for 2018

Most years it felt like I made New Year's resolutions that didn't really go anywhere, I write them in my journal (or worse I didn't write them anywhere!) and then feel sad when mid year comes around and I haven't worked towards it in any way...but that all changed in 2017. Last year, I shared on my blog my goals for 2017. By sharing these resolutions online, this created a bit of accountability between you and me - cause I said I would do it so I had to!  It also helped that I drew out a beautiful new bullet journal this time last year, with big spreads at the front of the book to keep track of my goals for the year. Each month, I would go back to the goal spreads at the front of my journal and fill in what I had achieved and would review these pages regularly, reminding me what I was working towards. So what did I do towards my 2017 goals? And what am I working towards in 2018? Continue reading to find out! (more…)

By Ruth Haydock, ago
Crochet

Happy Christmas! Free Cosmic Sweetie Crochet Pattern

I just wrapped up my presents for my family, quite a few of which were knitted and crocheted, while watching Christmas movies and now I am even more excited about the holidays! I was designing something special over the past few weeks (something that I will share after Christmas so as not to spoil the surprise!) and I made a Crocheted Sweetie as part of the design that I have decided not to include in the gift. In the spirit of Christmas giving, I am giving you the sweetie pattern for free. It is in the post below but is also available on Ravelry as a PDF download, link below. (more…)

By Ruth Haydock, ago
Freelance artist

I am changing my business and saying farewell to Knittwittowo

I changed my Facebook page name this week and shared with my followers briefly why I made the change but, as with every decision there is always a lot of deep thinking and reasons that go on in the background. In this post I will share with you how I have come to the decision over the past few months not only to change my social media account names but also to rebrand my entire business with a new website in 2018. Change is good I have been running my hobby as a business for 5 months now and Knittwittowo has seen a lot of changes already, as I wrote in my two blog posts about the Evolution of Knittwittowo part 1 and part 2. These changes have been very exciting for me and have helped me to feel confident in selling my designs and my completed products. Since I wrote part 2, which wasn't that long ago, I have still been making slight changes, for example the tag line of my business is now "Designs inspired by the cosmos" instead of Humanist Designs. These changes have been subtle but every single little one have all been a step forward for me, towards the next stage for me as a designer. Although I have embraced lots of little changes, these changes all had to fit within a big umbrella, the umbrella of Knittwittowo. I felt like I was having to bend myself around a name that I created 8 years ago, and I was having to create long winded tag lines to explain what I actually do and have to come up with strange tangents to explain the connections. The name Knittwittowo started to feel, in all honestly, like a bit of a hindrance to my creativity and I began to see that in order for me to progress without anything holding me back, I would need to let Knittwittowo go. The main reasons for this change are listed below: (more…)

By Ruth Haydock, ago
Knitting

Happy Red Planet Day!

Today is Red Planet Day, which is the celebration of the Planet Mars! I only discovered that this day was a thing last week and I am over the moon I found out about it (oh yeah pun intended!). The best way to celebrate this day is to learn more about Mars, so I will share with you some of my favourite facts about this fiery planet. (more…)

By Ruth Haydock, ago