Thursday, December 23, 2010

2010: Thank You!

2010 is coming rapidly to a close. What a year!

This is the year I went pro. I finally gave up the day job, and have been working full-time as a knitting professional. It's been challenging and busy, but I'm so very glad I did it.

I can't believe all the things I've done this year:

I've taught classes at
-Lettuce Knit
-The Purple Purl
-PassionKnit
-the dearly departed Naked Sheep
-two DKC events
-the Creativ Festival
-Shall We Knit in New Hamburg

And I've had speaking engagements at
-the Kawartha Lakes Knitting Guild
-the Kitchener Waterloo Knitting Guild

I've written for
-this blog
-the Knittyblog
-the Signature Needles blog

I've had designs published in
-Knitty
-Yarn Forward Mag

I've appeared in several books, including
The Perfect Finish

Behind the scenes, I've done:
-technical editing & production support for 4 issues of Knitty
-editing for 4 issues of A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine
-various other tech editing work for yarn companies and publishers

I've published a bunch of new designs, including
-the Heirloom Baby Bonnet
-the Roasted Carrot Sock
-the Walking on Sunshine socks

And I've loved every single minute of it.

Thanks a million to everyone I've worked with and for, and everyone who has bought my patterns, and everyone I've met this year. Your support means so much to me.

I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to 2011. 2011 brings new challenges and ideas and publications - not least of which is my very own book. More details on that as we get closer, but we're hoping for spring/summer publication.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

And thank *you* for being a part of my life in 2010. I took 3 courses with you this year: entrelac, socks, and project, and really got back into knitting for the first time since I was a wee girl. You gave me something lovely and inspiring to focus on during what turned into a difficult year.

Happy holidays to you and yours!
Dana G

Kaivalya said...

There's nothing more magical than making a living doing what you love. Bravo!

I'll never forget the night I stopped into Lettuce Knit in a blind panic. I thought the sock I was working on was ruined, but you fixed it like magic! Still haven't figured out how to knit the heel though. Maybe I'll finish it in 2011? :-)

Happy holidays,

The yoga teacher

Curlysheep said...

Congratulations on your success, Kate! You are a wonderful teacher and always so willing to help others. I look forward to more news on your first book!

mariainblog said...

Congratulations Kate! A couple of friends and I took some of your courses and always loved your inspiration, dedication and patience.

I am happy for you for being able to make a living with what you love doing.

Happy holidays

Maria

PD: I look forward to seeing your book out soon!

Anonymous said...

Kate,
Congratulations on all your accomplishments this year! And best wishes for 2011.

FYI, I baked the Madame Benoit Christmas Cake recipe and got many compliments, so thanks for all your tips and advice, in the knitting world and beyond.

Irena

Hrönn og co said...

This has been absolutely a fantastic Year for you - what a great resume !

One of the best books I bought in 2010 was infact The perfect finish. Very clear and good to look up things youre not sure about.

I´m looking very much foreward to follow your blog through 2011 !
Hrönn