Happy New Year! *Toot! My first blog post of the year is going to be a selfish one. Toot! I’ve got lots of Christmas stuff I want to post about too (and soon) but today, it’s all about me! Toot!….. I’m in a magazine, a real life magazine!! And a flippin’ good one too. Toot! (*toots are not associated with the musical fruit kind).
A few months ago I summoned the smarts to email the editor of Inside Crochet magazine. I asked if they’d be interested in my designs. I felt quite brave. Over the last six months or so I have developed a sort of “why not?”attitude. A couple of years ago I would never have been so brazen as to approach someone with my ideas. But recently, I’ve been thinking that it’s about time I stopped being such a cowardy custard and just did the things everyone else seems to find so easy. The catalyst for my sudden burst of proactivity was a presentation Husband gave to a bunch of tech dweebs about the future of technology. In it, he talked about the difference between Generation X and Millennials; how Gen X waited to be discovered whilst Millennials went out and got the thing they wanted. I learned that I was old: Gen X. Ugh. It was time to do something about it. Anyway, a week after I pressed send I got a fabulously positive response, which got me pacing around the living room whispering the “F” word for a while.
Issue 85 of Inside Crochet magazine is in the shops right now. I saw it in Tesco’s the other day and I pointed it out to my son who grinned. He recognised the cover and was nicely gobsmacked. We were in Southampton at the time and he couldn’t fathom that the magazine I was in, wasn’t just the copy we had at home.
The process of designing has been brilliant and really quite interesting. The making bit is obviously the best bit and it feels pretty good when the pattern is all typed up too. My biggest fear is that this is one trick pony territory, that the ideas will dry up or get rubbish. Who can tell?! What I will say is, just keep your eyes peeled for future issues too. Hmm, maybe go and buy next month’s copy of Inside Crochet too…
Changing the subject, at some point this month I need to share the things that I made for family this Christmas. Also all the things crafty I received. I’ll take some pictures of all the goodness and then I’ll be here again.
Righty, Happy New Year to all, may it be just as interesting as 2016 (but in all the good ways not the nasty)…X Toot!