I don’t know if it feels the same for other designers, but when I finish a design and stand in front of a blank page, I have a feeling of hollowness that makes me anxious almost every time!
I feel swallowed up by all the possibilities: which yarn shoud I pick? What garment type: do I have too much shawls in my collection?? And how about the knitting direction: should I opt for a bottom-up, top-down, side to side?? …and you get the idea!!
These questions can play on and on in my mind for several days (and nights!!) before I get to finally start my next design. But once I’m up and running (after a series of unravellings and restarts) it’s a bliss… most of the time! 😜
So sometimes, when I find myself in this “hollow”, writing an easy and light pattern helps me to make the transition towards the next design which will require a more sustained investment.
This is how I came to create these new designs : A pair of mittens worked in stranded colourwork named Les gens de la ville and a cowl in mosaic stitch pattern named Mosaic Cowl (yeah I know: not so poetic but “what you read is what you get” 😋). Both will be published next fall.
It feels good to show you new stuff 🤗 because sometimes you can feel lonely when working in the shadows.
Working in the shadows has been my motto for a long time. My adventure in the knitting industry began with a blog I started to wrote from 2007 to 2013 and that was before the advent of social medias as we know them today: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. I was not prepared to deal with people’s comments and reactions on social networks.
I consider myself more of an artist than an entrepreneur. I certainly wouldn’t be in business if it wasn’t for my husband who always worked by my side and was always there to encourage me.
All this to say that after an issue with a podcaster with a certain popularity, I became (rightly or wrongly) the target of a group of people on Facebook. It marked a turning point in my life where my husband and I made the decision that I would no longer be at the forefront of the company. Since I never had the habit of signing my patterns, it wasn’t a big change there. But my name, Louise Robert, was taken out of the public eye.
Closing my blog was a hard thing to do… but the fact that I was the only full-time employee working in our yarn shop, serving customers, giving knitting classes, managing purchases and inventories (and so on!!!) was an additional factor in my decision to retire from the “public life” back then. Was it the good thing to do? I guess I’ll never know…
Boy! It looks like I had a lot more to say than I thought! If you’re still here, thanks for reading to the end!! Please take a minute to leave a comment. I love to hear from you x x x