the lighthouse hat
This post is a follow up to my last post "karma". Like most of my posts, it's a bit of a read, but here's the short version: We're still BFF's.
The longer version goes like this...
Just three short weeks after the crazy-fast turn of events that made The Glen Abbey Hat and The Elm Road Hat "Hot Right Now", it happened again!
This time it was The Lighthouse Hat and, honest to goodness, my phone almost exploded from all the "love". Related to the near-explosion: I learned a valuable lesson about sale settings on Raverly...but that's a story for another time ; )
The funny thing is, I wasn't even planning to publish The Lighthouse Hat on Raverly. The same unpleasantness that caused me start moving my patterns there in the first place had also worn me down a bit. And, despite the unexpected success I'd had moving the first two patterns, I'd become anxious about moving any more.
What changed my mind? A fellow knitter; she tagged @coldcomfortknits in an Instagram post of a beautiful hat she'd made from The Lighthouse Hat pattern (originally published here). She had lovingly hand-knit each stitch from a soft, warm, hand-dyed yarn--the finished hat was now ready to be gifted to a friend who was about to start cancer treatment--her first chemo cap.
I published The Lighthouse Hat to Ravelry later that same evening. The next morning it was #1 on the Hot Right Now Top 20. In the following days it went on to receive more likes than my previous two hat patterns combined. As an aspiring designer, that's the stuff knitty dreams are made of. A wonderful moment, to be sure.
But as a human being, I realized that only one number truly mattered: One. One person in need of comfort. One person knitting a heartfelt gift.
What more could there be?
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I'm Alexis, the knitter/designer behind cold comfort knits. My favourite animal is a sheep (obvi). My primary knitting fuel is coffee. And my inner child is actually an inner senior-citizen.