I’m reading this book right now on how to make knitting into a career, or at least a money-making venture. The section I’ve been plodding my way through for the past few days is on knitting-related things you can do to supplement your income and indirectly promote your knitting/designing. Her general advice is very sensible: think about the unique skill set you have that you can apply to knitting. This has got me thinking. I’m not sure I want knitting to be my primary source of revenue, but it would be kind of nice to make enough money from knitting-related activities that I could have only a part time day job.
Before I had kids I was a programmer. OK, I was actually an academic, but I spent most of my actual work time programming in the last few years. And I’d like to be a programmer again (and not an academic) in 6 months or so, when my smallest boy is a little bigger. So my particular talents that aren’t shared by most knitters are computer-related: I could write software for knitters.
I’ve thought about knitting software before, when I’ve been frustrated by a particular task that I think I should be able to get done easily, but I’ve never thought about trying to make money from it. I don’t know if this is at all realistic, but I think it’s an idea worth considering.
I don’t have much of a following yet on this blog, but I’m optimistic, so I’m going to put this out there in the hope of eventually getting some comments. What would you want in your dream knitting software? How much would you pay for it, or would it have to be free? Would it have to be an app for your phone or tablet, or would you want it to run on a computer?
My wish list is design-related: I want a chart maker that’s actually intuitive, a sweater designer that calculates the numbers of stitches or rows needed for different styles, and something that easily organises sketches, photos, notes, and calculations into projects.
- “Reading” these days is something I attempt to do in the five minutes or so before I fall unconscious at night. Often it involves reading the same paragraph every night for a week.