It’s not that I have a burning ambition to swap my marketing career to become a full-time knitting designer. I mean, reality check … how likely is it that self publishing a few patterns will create a sufficient income to allow me to do that?
And anyway, I love my job. Really, I do. I wax lyrical about it and no doubt am a little nauseating to be around sometimes. But I really, genuinely, love where I work.
So I’m not planning to quit in favour of a precarious creative career.
But at the same time I do like a challenge. I get sparks of ideas about things I’d like to make, and then my head gets busy working out how I would create a pattern for it. And as I said before, I’ve got nearly as far as publishing some of those ideas. And it seems a shame to have done all that work and then not quite finish the job.
My 2019 knitting design goals
If I manage to do these things, I will be more than happy:
- Publish the three patterns that I’ve already spent time working on.
- Create and publish three more patterns in 2019. That’s one every other month, which seems realistic.
- Sell enough copies to make my costs back (I’ll be spending money to have each pattern professionally tech edited).
- Earn enough to take Ashton out to dinner (we love fine dining, but as the parents of three young children it’s something we do extremely rarely).
Pretty modest ambitions I think. Definitely not going to replace my day job, but that’s OK by me 😉
Now I need a plan. I was listening to a newish podcast earlier (Letters from a Hopeful Creative, do check it out) which suggested breaking a goal down into small stages and planning to complete one ‘to do’ every day. I like that idea, and I’m heading off to start a new page in my bullet journal doing exactly that. Because I know from previous experience that otherwise these intentions will still be lurking, unfulfilled in my dreams, a year from now!