I have a problem.
For the last month I’ve been working on designing a pattern. It’ll be my first self designed & published paid pattern. A prototype. I’ve been so excited about it, it ticks all the boxes for me; it’s amigurumi, it’s drawn from my highland heritage, its cute and slightly quirky.
It’s a hairy coo AKA a highland cow.
I’ve been taking my time on it, doing a bit each day & taking time out whenever I made changes so I could view it objectively. I had a deadline in mind (its not passed yet!) But now something has come up.
Crochet Now magazine has a super cute crochet pattern for a highland cow in it this month. It’s be a great designer called Liz Ward & ‘hamish’ as he’s called, is one of the cutest creatures I’ve even seen.
What do I do?
There’s no similarities in them. The Liz Ward pattern is all curves and rounded shapes, while mines is all angles.
Do I still publish?
One moment, I think Yes. After all, just because someone crochets a granny square, doesn’t mean no-one else can crochet one. Then part of my mind says No, you cant publish now. Someone else had beat you to it. Time to move onto something different.
If I listen to the negative, I could end up spending my life designing pieces, only to be pipped at the post by someone else, every time.
What a dilemma. I’ve been mulling over it for a few days now. I’m still conflicted.
Any advice would be appreciated, dear readers x