I got a check in the mail yesterday from Claudia Hand Painted Yarns containing a nice note from Claudia and check for $300. It is official – I have become a professional knitting designer.
I don’t hold out much hope of ever getting a second check – this designing stuff is hard! – but I am enjoying this moment.
For those of you who don’t read this blog regularly (AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!) the check is for a design I created for a contest Claudia had called “Shawl the Love.” I used a skein of her incredibly lovely silk lace in color way “Froggy Kisses.” I didn’t win the contest, but afterwards Claudia sent me a nice note and a contract offering to buy my pattern for (I think) a book of patterns from the contest. I was, and am, utterly thrilled.
Now, what to do with the money? I plan to take it to Stitches West and buy as much yarn as I can – including more Claudia! I have my eye on some more Claudia lace and some of her fingering yarn. I am working on designing my own lace triangles. YEAH!!! Thank you, Claudia!