Last summer, the lovely and talented Kate Atherley put out a Twitter call, looking for knitters to test knit for her new accessories book. At that point, I had taken Kate’s sock knitting class and I had even test knit for her before, so I thought it might be fun. I sent her off a message, volunteering to knit for her and I got back a surprising response: “Do you think you might want to knit a sample to be photographed for the book?” I was agape. Me? Knit for a book? I was honoured that she even asked and I responded that I would love to.
And then, almost immediately, the inevitable “imposter syndrome” set in. “What if I am not good enough? I am not a real knitter. What if the item I knit is not fit to photograph?” (I know…what exactly is a real knitter, anyway? And I have knit socks, lace, and so many other projects that this is a completely ridiculous train of thought, but there you have it. As anyone who knows me well can attest, I utterly lack self confidence.)
Because of Kate’s deadline, I was afraid to commit to socks, so she offered me her fingerless mitts to knit. Perfect….sounded like something I could do. I knit them up, and nervously sent them back to Kate, and hoped they met her expectations.
Fast forward to December, and the release of Knit Accessories. I leafed through it at the Purple Purl, and there were my mitts, beautifully photographed. (Photography is one of the things I really want to improve upon.) Kind of exciting when you have never had anything you knit print before. I was pretty thrilled and more than a bit proud.
This morning, Kate tweeted a new blog post. Knit Accessories has been reviewed, and quite positively I might add, by Vogue Knitting magazine. So excited for her! So I take a look at the photo of the review, and would you look at that? The pic they selected to run with the story….my mitts.
Something I knit is in VOGUE KNITTING! I understand that the pic was probably just the right size for the space or something, but I don’t care. I might be unreasonably pleased with myself.