I feel like there are a lot of things that I want to do but haven't. Either I haven't given myself enough time or haven't researched enough or I'm just too plain scared to try, so I wanted to make a list of some of the things I would like to accomplish as a designer and put it out into the world and see what happens.
So here is my list (so far) of goals I have as a designer, both short and long term.
1. Yarn Support - for some reason I have a really hard time with this. I've never asked for yarn support from anyone and it kind of scares the bejeesuz out of me. I don't know the proper way to go about doing it, or if there even is one, or if I can just email someone and say "Hey, I like your yarn and want to make something rad out of it and then sell the pattern in the hopes that you get some business back too". Really, the worst thing that could happen is they say no and I don't get free yarn to design with so I don't know what I'm so afraid of.
2. Get Published - this one is actually well on it's way to becoming a reality. I submitted a design for a book that Interweaves is publishing and got accepted! I'm actually looking at the design-in-progress right now (and procrastinating by writing this list instead of finishing it) and I can tick this one off the list sometime next Spring.
3. Write a Book - along the same lines as getting published, just on a bit bigger scale. A whole book of me.
4. Design a Sweater - this one I think is more long term than even the book considering I've only knit two adult sweaters before and have no experience with grading. I think I would do pretty okay with the math aspect of it, but yeah, this one scares me even more than yarn support. All I really need to do is just knit myself a few more sweaters and look into some books or classes that can teach me how to do it. Maybe this one just has more to do with time than anything else. Maybe in a few years when Georgia is off to school and I have more than 2 hour blocks to work at a time I can attack this one.
So it's not a particularly long list and I may add to it in the future, but I think it's a good start so far. I'm not going to actively work on anything quite yet (aside from #2 because, well, deadlines) but now at least it's out there.