Who is the yarn Alchemist?
The Yarn Alchemist is the Fibre Muse's big sister.
The Yarn Alchemist wants something more from her craft. As much as she loves to knit up patterns from other designers, she's been feeling that urge to transform her yarn into a piece of fibre art from that source of creativity and magic from deep within her. Whether she's been inspired by art, nature, personal experiences, culture, anything, she wants to learn how to take that spark that's trying to ignite itself inside her, and turn it into a blaze. More connection, more self-expression, more exploration, more meditation, more glory.
Designing knitwear presents a special challenge to the Yarn Alchemist - not only learning how to take what vision is in her head and communicating it in stitches, but also how to communicate that to other Fibre Muses, so that they may follow her lead and transform their yarn into their own special interpretations of that vision.
She's nervous, yes indeed. Where does she start on getting what's in her brilliant, beautiful and expansive mind onto stitches and then onto paper? How does she overcome the fear of putting her work out there? How does she start laying down the foundations of a hobby or career in knitwear design? She doesn't want to release her work and have nothing come from it - or worse, have knitters work up her designs and then hate it. That would cause her to put down her needles forever!
So are you an aspiring Yarn Alchemist who wants to burst out of her shell but finds herself tied down by self-doubt, fear and overwhelm?
Here at Aroha Knits, in addition to designing knitwear, I also teach how to design knitwear and kickstart a brand in this field. I host my two free signature challenges: 5 Shawls, 5 Days challenge and the Initiate Knit Design challenge, and open enrollment to my signature e-course, SWATCH Studio, several times a year which helps transform knitters into confident designers. I also have a resource book on shawl construction and design, "Forming Shawls and Their Charts", available to designers of all levels who want to get into the knitty-gritty of shawl design without feeling overwhelmed by chart construction and shawl specific maths.