My First Check

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.

Me in the Revidere Shawl

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!



About kjwinston

I am a freelance religion reporter living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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5 Responses to My First Check

  1. Jan Austerlitz says:

    So proud of you! It IS gorgeous. Not bad for NOT winning!!!!

  2. Carolyn says:

    Congrats “Miss Kimberly”. xo

  3. DogCatMom. says:

    D*mn, lady; for a “not winning” shawl, that is an absolute KNOCKOUT. [jaw falling open here] Just gorgeous.

    Any idea when the book will be released?

    Rav likes me to use the fake name “BernerCatMom” ….

  4. Marlene says:

    Bravo, Kimberly! Your Revidere shawl is indeed a winner.

    It is great that you will be starting to design your own lace triangles. Do not forget, however, to design a few suitable for knitter who want to work on their first lace project (me). I have several balls of Madeline Tosh Lace that are whining because I have ignored them for too long. Yes, yarn and UFO knitting projects can whine and grumble when they are ignored…My excuse? I am just waiting for the perfect pattern. A Kimberly designed shawl would be ideal.


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