It’s amazing how much work actually goes into submitting a proposal to a publisher for a knitting design. I’m currently working on a proposal which is due, ummm, tomorrow. I somehow conveniently forget how much time a proposal takes. So I thought I’d share with you the 10 steps I go through when putting together a knitting design proposal:
2. Draw up a chart of the stitch pattern you intend to use (important if your design gets accepted- don’t rely on your memory here!)
3. Find the perfect yarn to go with your stitch pattern
4. Knit up a swatch (don’t be afraid to rip and repeat if it just isn’t working the way you imagined it)
5. Block said swatch and wait for it to dry, tick tock, tick tock…
6. When dry, measure said swatch, photograph it, take gauge, etc.
7. Draw up a sketch of your garment on a model (the hardest part for me personally- my models always lack any facial features or feet because for the life of me, I can’t seem to draw eyes or feet)
8. Draw a schematic that lists your item’s measurements
9. Write up the actual proposal to really sell your design
10. Make photocopies of ALL materials you’re sending to XYZ (again, don’t rely on your memory to save you!)
I believe these steps are fairly consistent across publications. Some may ask you to send the swatch via postal mail, while others are content with a photograph of your swatch sent via e-mail. Now if your design is rejected, never fear! It’s not necessarily because you had a crappy idea, but perhaps your design didn’t fit the aesthetic they were going for. Looking on the bright side, if your design is rejected, you’ve already done steps 1-10 above so it will take considerably less time to submit your design to another publication!
Since you know I hate posting without a picture, I leave you with another shot from the MD sheep and wool festival. This is a really funny looking llama. When I snapped this picture Cheryl said “Did you see the llama smiled at you?” And sure enough, it had!