Knitting designs that "go away"
I've had many designs featured in the many knitting magazines, pattern leaflets and compendium books over the years. For me, it's still thrilling to see a project I designed photographed on a lovely looking model. As a project leaves the studio, I cross my fingers that the knitted item looks good in the photo. I know the editors and photographers work impossibly hard to create an appealing photo that will make the knitter want to make the project.
A few months later, the magazine arrives and the project is either a hit or a miss with the knitting public. I've had both, I'll admit. After the magazine's shelf life is over, the project just disappears into the knitting beyond - wherever that may be. If I'm organized AND not too busy OR under a crazy deadline, I'll rip out the picture and pattern and stick it into "my portfolio" of knitting designs. But I'll admit, most of my designs are just stacked up in magazines in piles around my studio. I can't remember which design was in which magazine - they all become a blurrrrrrr.
And then I'll get an e-mail from a consumer and my memory will be refreshed. The knitter asks "Could you please send me the pattern for that beautiful cardigan published in Vogue Knitting's 1992 Winter issue? I can no longer find my copy of the magazine and I am dying to knit that beautiful sweater!" I love these e-mails - it means people still remember who I am and better yet, they remember the garment I designed. But guess what? I no longer own the pattern - it becomes the publishing company's property. And so, I have to regretfully reply, "No, sorry, I can't send you that pattern. It's against copyright laws."
It's frustrating, this not being to fulfill an enthusiastic knitter's wishes. But the folks at Interweave do make some popular designs from out of print magazines available on their website. Then knitters are happy and I'm happy. Check out their all-time favorite old patterns here. You'll find this fun carry-all made of Montera on that page.
What do you do to organize your "to knit" pile? Maybe you have some good ideas for saving those patterns you'd like to share here.