Most editors are understanding and most designers are too. So if something serious happens: you get ill, your child get ill, someone close to you passes away, some other disaster or emergency happens, then contact your designer ASAP. If you contact her early enough then she may be able to make alternative arrangements with the magazine or secure an extension but she'll need a good reason.
- Be realistic about your experience and abilities. Don't say yes to a technique you've never done before.
- Be realistic about the time you have available. If it normally takes you 6 months to knit a sweater don't say yes to knitting a garment for me in 2 weeks.
- Life happens and sometimes things are more important than knitting but keep your designer informed. If something happens that'll delay your knitting and make you unlikely to be able to meet the deadline then tell the designer ASAP!!!
- If you're unsure about something, or think there may be a serious error, tell the designer immediately. There are no silly questions, and you may have discovered a major error. Don't be shy about asking questions.
- Be discreet and agree to treat any knits with confidentiality. Don't slag off the design or yarn online.
- Be professional. Knitting may be your hobby but your designer is a professional doing a professional job and she relies on your to help her meet her contract.
- Don't expect to become rich but it is fantastic to see a design you knitted in print.
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