At first, I didn’t see the connection between what I do as a writer and what I do when I’m designing knitting patterns.
In fact, the two are substantially more similar than they are different.
When I write, I tell a story. I like to think that’s what I’m doing when I put together a knitting pattern. I tell the knitters what inspired the piece, what I like about it, and what they can find inside. Then, I take care to write the pattern clearly. Enough detail, without extraneous detail. Sometimes I include pictures, to show as well as tell. I do this when I write, too–try to paint pictures and show, instead of always telling.
My patterns and writing are edited for content and clarity. I strive to have everything with my name on it as accurate and clear as I can. I take it to heart when there are errors I missed–everything out there with my name on it is a piece of who I am.
It’s funny, this connection that I almost didn’t see.