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Make "Comparisonitis" work for you with this exercise!

Let’s talk about Comparisonitis. You know, that feeling when you look around, and it feels like everyone has more followers on Instagram, all their patterns are on Ravelry’s HRN list, and they just seem to be rocking everything, and it makes you feel inadequate? Yeah, that one.    It feels like they just plain came out of nowhere, a “nobody” became a “somebody” -- and it most definitely wasn't not you. It’s real, and it sucks… at first. Especially when it feels like no one seems to care about your latest pattern, despite the fact that you poured your blood, sweat, and tears into it. Yes, success overnight is sometimes possible, but I guarantee most successful people in our industry...

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Essential Tools for Knitting Pattern Designers

I'm a fan of working smarter not harder! That means batching my social media, editing my photos in a consistent manner, and making sure my patterns always look professional. Here are the mostly FREE tools that I use (there are many out there, but these will get you started). I will eventually do posts on these tools to dive more in depth, but feel free to let me know in the comment section what you want me to write about first! This post does contain a couple referral links and I may earn a small commission when you click on the links at no additional cost to you. Writing up your patterns: Stitchmastery - Charting software. One-time fee, super customizable, but...

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Do you really need a mailing list for your fiber business?

 Here are 7 reasons why I say "ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY!" I get it, growing and maintaining a mailing list sounds like a pain. On top of everything else you have to do as a #solopreneur, is having a mailing list worth it? And how does one go about growing it? Let’s break it down. This post does contain one referral link and I may earn a small commission when you click on the link at no additional cost to you. What is an e-mail/mailing list? An e-mail list is a list of names and email addresses of people that GAVE YOU PERMISSION to send them updates and promotions from your business (READ: They want to hear what you have to say, and...

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What is yarn support and how do I get it?

Can I hear a ‘Heck Yes!” to free yarn? Wait…that’s what yarn support is, isn’t it? Sorta. It’s actually a bit more complicated than that, but it’s a deal that can be really good for both the designer and dyer. Curious? Read on. Have you heard a fellow designer talk about “yarn support” or seen a successful collab between a dyer and a designer on Instagram? What does that truly mean? When you are working on a design, you can ask a yarn company for “yarn support” (or sometimes they will approach you!) as a form of collaboration. Typically, you will receive yarn for free, you’ll design with the yarn, and both you AND the dyer will work together to...

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I know I need a technical editor, but now what do I do?

“Ashleigh, your last post about needing at technical editor just wasn’t gritty enough” “I know I need a technical editor, but now what? “How do I actually find an editor that I like and trust?” I get it. I got a lot of feedback that one of my last posts just wasn’t good enough. The whole purpose of this blog and site in general is to kickstart your knitwear design business, and I didn’t quite deliver. Feedback is a BEAUTIFUL thing! Every time I hear from one of my readers (even if it is critical) — I do a little happy dance! Because that means YOU care and are ready to learn more. (Btw, if you want to read the...

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