Adventures in proper designing

You know how it is. It’s a week before you go on your dream holiday of all time, work is crazy, you have two feet of scarf left to knit in a slow-moving DNA cable pattern, so you decide to answer your very first call for submissions with a deadline of 4 days time.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

What do you mean, that’s crazy? Pfft.

I’m a member of two designer groups on Ravelry and mostly just lurk there since I am not, after all, a designer (yet). Reading the threads there is always instructive and motivational, and I’ve learned a lot just by “listening” to real designers talk amongst themselves. As a natural byproduct of my lurking, I tend to read quite a few of the call for submission threads from magazines and other publications, but had never felt much of an urge to reply to one until now. I’m not sure what it was, maybe the fact that it was such a short deadline did something to the competitive part of my brain and made me feel the need to join in, but join in I did.

Interlude: This post has no images, because the submission is super top secret, so here’s a photo of some puppies I met the other week instead.

Look at the cute. LOOK AT IT!

Look at the cute. LOOK AT IT!

So this weekend was spent mostly trying to figure out if the pattern in my head was physically possible to crochet (it was), and then swatching furiously over and over ’til I had it right. I’m no crochet expert, everything I know was learned online, so a lot of the time while I can figure things out I don’t really know the proper words for them. This makes Googling for tutorials a bit tricky at times, but we got there in the end.

Putting the submission together was actually pretty easy for the most part. I’d expected to suffer major writer’s block, but the most difficult thing was getting up early this morning to take a daylight photo of the swatch and still hit the deadline submission. I am not an early morning person, if left to my own devices I’d wake up around 10-11am, and frankly after writing this post I may have a quick nap. Once again a background in designing stuff comes in handy in terms of actually laying out a PDF. Web design is the skill that just keeps on giving. The second worst part of doing a submission was sketching my idea.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Turns out I am now terrible at drawing. I used to be really good, honest! I’m 95% certain this submission is going to be rejected, and a large part of that is because of the poor quality sketch, so this is an area I’ll definitely need to practise. If I am rejected, it doesn’t really matter, the pattern was half written while doing my swatch and will be easy enough to stick up as self published. Yay!

Other magazine submitter types, are you good at the sketching? Have you had designs accepted that you were sure wouldn’t be? Do you instead struggle with any of the parts I found really easy? This is a whole new world to me, I’m excited to find out more about it.

Update: I got accepted! Yay!

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4 Responses

  1. Ellen says:

    I’m pretty sure sketching isn’t that important, as long as it shows off all the pertinent details. I read the Designers group a lot too, and I think about 80% of the more successful designers on there straight up admit they can’t draw.
    Submitting designs feels a bit like dating sometimes – if you get rejected you have to remember it’s not just because you suck, it’s because you weren’t right for that publication.
    The best you can do is produce a sheet of paper that says “here is what I want to do and here is how I will do it” and see what sticks. I will say that I have had Illustrator Masterpieces rejected but have also had a literal margin doodle accepted so who knows what will happen to your submission! Good luck with yours, I hope you get accepted and experience the sheer delight of free wool landing on your doorstep.

    • Michelle says:

      It seems you were right, since I actually got accepted! Can’t believe it, my very first time 😀

      I’m glad to know others struggle with the sketching. Practise makes perfect, I guess!

  2. Congratulations!!!! Good for you. That’s awesome! Can’t wait to see it. 🙂
    and also, PUPPIES! 🙂

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