Su is looking down away from the camera, She is wearing a blue speckled shawl with pink strips of lace. She is sat against a navy blue background covered in silver constellations.

Hello and welcome to The Conscious Knitter! I’m Su, a knitter, designer and tech editor, on a journey of discovery as I uncover the benefits of putting myself first and creating more space in my day for the things I love.

What does that mean?

As a wife and a mother trying to run my own business, there never seemed to be enough hours in the day, and with a mounting to-do list the one thing that always got pushed to the bottom of the heap was me.

It has been a slow process, but through embracing my creativity, I have been able to re-build my dented self belief, develop a much more positive mindset and put myself back at the top of the list. The journey is by no means over but after witnessing the surprising benefits that knitting can have, and because I doubt that I’m the only one who has ever felt this way, it is now my mission to share my discoveries with you.

How can I help?

For me, putting yourself first and unleashing your creativity go hand in hand. Knitting has always been a way for me to support myself emotionally, it is a form of meditation that brings me peace and stillness. It is also the perfect antidote to the feelings of guilt that show up whenever you try to put yourself first, because you can’t be sitting and doing nothing if you have something to show for it at the end.

The simple act of through, around, over, off allows my mind to ponder and to dream, and my dream is to encourage you to rediscover those things that you love to do. My aim is to give your creativity an outlet that will provide you with the time and space to think and to dream too.

For my fellow knit designers, I can offer you the gift of time and space through my editing services. By outsourcing the more technical aspects of pattern writing to me you can free up your time to rest and recharge your batteries before embarking on your next masterpiece, safe in the knowledge that you will be able to pass the baton of time and space on to your knitters.

Where can you find out more?

Knitters can find all of my self-published patterns on Payhip, with each pattern including a version that is specifically low vision accessible. This includes all instructions written in full, all black text in Arial font at size 24pt. If you love the pattern but either don’t have access to the yarn I’ve used or you’d like to use something from your stash, I have a blog post full of tips for yarn substitution here. You can also find helpful tutorials on my blog.

Knit designers can read more about my services including tech editing, creating charts from your written instructions or vice versa and pattern formatting here.

I hope you will find lots to inspire you and encourage you on your own journey to put yourself first and unleash your creativity. I would love to keep in touch with you on Instagram, where you’ll find me @theconsciousknitter, or you can keep up to date and enjoy a little positivity straight to your inbox by signing up for my newsletter.

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