Who is the yarn Alchemist?
The Yarn Alchemist is the Fibre Muse's big sibling.
The Yarn Alchemist wants something more from their craft. As much as they love to knit up patterns from other designers, they’ve been feeling that urge to transform their yarn into a piece of fibre art from that source of creativity and magic from deep within them. Whether they’ve been inspired by art, nature, personal experiences, culture, anything, the Yarn Alchemist wants to learn how to take that spark that's trying to ignite itself inside them, 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 their head and communicating it in stitches, but also how to communicate that to other Fibre Muses, so that they may follow their lead and transform their yarn into their own special interpretations of that vision.
They’re nervous, yes indeed. Where do they start on getting what's in their brilliant, beautiful and expansive mind onto stitches and then onto paper? How do they overcome the fear of putting their work out there? How do they start laying down the foundations of a hobby or career in knitwear design? They does want to release their work and have nothing come from it - or worse, have knitters work up their designs and then hate it. That would cause them to put down them needles forever!
So are you an aspiring Yarn Alchemist who wants to burst out of your shell but find yourself 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.
Forming Shawls and Their Charts
Create Your Own Unique Shawl Designs
Shawls are one of the most popular types of designs and patterns in the knitting community. Versatile in shape, design elements and style, the possibilities for creating a stunning shawl design are endless.
And you want to explore all those options.
If you enjoyed the 5 Shawls, 5 Days challenge, then this e-book is for you! With 15 shawl shapes to explore and discover, you'll find the possibilities for shawl design and knitting endless.
Swatch Studio Circle
How to Design Knitwear
with Confidence + Creativity
The Swatch Studio Circle is more than just an online course. It not only hits the sweet spot between a clear, linear structure to demystify the knitwear design process and build up your confidence, while allowing for flexibility and adjustments (because, let’s be honest, creativity is pretty tough to pack in a nice little box wrapped in a red bow); it’s also a community with direct accountability and direct access to me.
YARN ALCHEMIST APPRENTICESHIP
Exclusive 1-on-1 Knitwear Design Mentorship to overcome Mindset and Mechanism Roadblocks
After working as an accountability coach in the Fiber Boss Elite program and providing group coaching calls in SWATCH Studio, I knew that it was time to offer my services and expertise to those who needed me the most, in a laser-focused, 1-on-1 setting where someone had full access to my knowledge and experiences, unhindered. Moreover, with 4+ years of experience running a knitwear design business that hit six-figures last year, I have plenty of knowledge and expertise to share with you to help you get to where you want to go in your first or second year of business.
I can get you on the right path and help you overcome your mindset and mechanism roadblocks, so you get start getting your work out into the world faster and with more clarity.