Once a week I post interviews with interesting people about their insights on their experience of working in the Knitting industry. I’ve noticed that every one of these individuals makes their living in a slightly different manner bringing their own unique presence to the knitting world.
You can find Hilary here and here on Ravelry.
Where do you find inspiration?I find inspiration a number of places, from astronomical objects to the latest Anthropologie catalog, but the most common place for me to go searching for inspiration is in yarn. Yarn has a funny way of knowing what it wants to be, and I feel like it's my job to listen to it. Unfortunately, this sometimes means letting go of my own vision for a certain yarn, but it's also a great adventure to cast on a single stitch and see where the yarn wants to take me.
What is your favourite knitting technique?
How did you determine your size range?
Do you look at other designers' work or are you afraid that you will be influenced by their designs?
How do you feel about the so called controversy of "dumbing down" patterns for knitters?
How many sample/test knitters do you have working for you or do you do it all yourself?
Did you do a formal business plan?
Do you have a mentor?
Do you have a business model that you have emulated?
Do you use a tech editor?YES! I would never send a pattern out into the wild without having a professional review it first.
How do you maintain your life/work balance?
How do you deal with criticism?The nice thing about having an internet-based business is that I can overreact to criticism without anyone seeing it. :) Then, after I've calmed down, I can assess the criticism and its foundation and respond in an appropriate way. When it comes down to it, whether I think the criticism has a fair basis or not, I truly don't want to frustrate or upset anyone with my patterns and designs. So I like to apologize, get to the root of the problem, and try to form an explanation that helps turn the criticism around.
How long did it take for you to be able to support yourself?
What advice would you give someone who wants to pursue a career in knitting?