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Things don't always go to plan

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Having just published my first fall collection, Wooloween 2021, I’d like to reflect on the process, hurdles, and lessons I learned.

I started the process for this collection hoping to produce more patterns; I quickly realized that if I tried to over-create, I wouldn’t produce patterns that I’d be happy with. So, I instead focused my efforts on two patterns (with a surprise one especially for Halloween). At first, it was hard to accept that I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with my original goal, but I’m glad I changed the focus.

I got married a few weeks ago. The amount of last minute planning and stress associated with the wedding definitely took its toll on my mind and body. Sometimes, I found myself not having the energy to even knit! This meant I had to slow down, which meant pushing the release date further than I originally wanted. But again, it was for the best. I was able to enjoy my wedding (and the weeks leading up to it) while still working on my patterns.

Through these changes and circumstances, I learned that I still have a lot to learn about preparing for a pattern release. Starting early, understanding my actual limits, and finding ways to stay present (both for myself and for those who support me) are tasks/concepts/habits that are important. I’m excited to start working on the next pattern collection, taking what I’ve learned with me, but also remembering to not be too hard on myself if something needs to change. It could be challenging, but it’s the kind of challenge I love and look forward to as I get to know myself and my process better and better.

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